Belgium Company to Establish Zinc Factory in Liberia
By: Lewis K. Glay
The disclosure was made recently at the Executive Mansion by Alcotile Consultant Vincent ven den Bogart, when he led a three-man delegation to meet President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf on his company’s desire to construct a zinc factory in the country.
The delegation, according to him, visited Liberia to seek government’s permission for such investment, expressing optimism that Liberians would immensely benefit if the company were to be given the opportunity to establish in the country.
He noted that their assessment afforded them the opportunity to realize that the Liberian civil war left behind dilapidated structures for which the construction of a zinc factory here would serve as an added advantage to Liberia reconstruction process.
Mr. ven den Bogart described their investment as a new concept that portrays a high quality Alcotile made alimented roofing zinc that can be manufactured in different colors. The product is said to be of 25-year guaranteed service.
He revealed that Liberia is ideally located for such investment because it has attractive seaports that can be utilized for constructing a zinc factory.
The five-day assessment visit of Mr. ven den Bogart and his team in the country, was encouraged by Liberia’s Ambassador to Belgium Madam Youngor Telewodahj. President Sirleaf’s international respectability which seems to be putting Liberia back on track among the comity of nations is another motivating factor behind the coming of foreign investors in the country.
The FORUM was told that by mid June 2006, Alcotile is expected to dispatch experts to come and train a number of Liberians for the purpose of constructing the first roof in the country.
Seven African countries including Ghana are said to be using Alcotile products and given Liberia’s advantageous location in terms of facilities, the company when established, would export its products to other countries on the continent.
The Alcotile’s delegation included its President and Executive Director Goy Veyans and Kelvin ven den Bogart, accompanied by Amb. Younger Telewodahj.