TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST LIBERIA

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A partial view taken on September 27, 2017 shows the Central Bank of Liberia, Monrovia. / AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA ALDEHUELA

TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST LIBERIA

There are many reasons for investing in Liberia; however, here are our top 10:

  1. Access to Regional Markets: Liberia has access to over 335 million consumers through ECOWAS. As founding member of the Mano River Union and ECOWAS, Liberia is better positioned with access to these markets.
  1. Low cost of labor: With a very youthful population, Liberia’s cost of labor is set at US$5.00-6.00 per day.
  1. Minimum restriction on the repatriation of profits and no currency exchange restrictions: Section 11 of the Investment Act of 2010 strengthens investment protection by ensuring the ability of investors to repatriate capital and profits. These may include profits and dividends (net of taxes), remittance of moneys (net of taxes) in the event of the sale or liquidation of the business, repayments of loans acquired from foreign banks, etc.
  1. Political stability: Liberia has been politically stable for the past 11 years, holding two free, fair and transparent elections. The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
  1. Supportive Tax Regime: Income tax rate is 25% on profits or 2% of turnover; there are no capital controls, so any capital brought in Liberia can easily be expatriated and; agri processing & manufacturing investors are fast tracked through Government services and facilitated access to investment promotion.
  1. International Markets: Liberia receives preferential treatment under the EU’s everything but Arms initiative. The EBA grants duty-free, and in most cases quota free, access to the EU market. Liberia receives preferential treatment under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, which offers the most preferential access to the U.S. market available outside the free trade agreements. Liberia also has a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the United States. The country also has access to the Asian and African (outside ECOWAS region) markets.
  1. Guarantee against unfair expropriation: In Section 7 of the Investment Act of 2010.
  1. The prohibition against discrimination: Subject to the Labor Law and Laws governing immigration, foreign investors, employers and workers enjoy the same rights and are subjected to the same duties and obligations as are applicable to citizens of Liberia.
  1. Ease of Starting a Business: The World Bank in 2016 rated Liberia as 37th ‘best in the world’ as a place to start a business, one of the top countries in Africa. Large untapped natural resources base: Liberia is endowed with several rich bodies of minerals and other raw materials, including gold, diamonds, iron ore, bauxite, rubber, timber and much more
  1. Large untapped natural resources base: Liberia is endowed with several rich bodies of minerals and other raw materials, including ggold, diamonds, iron ore, bauxite, rubber, timber and much more.
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