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A contemporary market constructing constructed below the African Improvement Financial institution (AfDB) funded Mano River Union Highway Transport Programme has change into a ghost city in Maryland County.

The construction that incorporates a hand pump, workplace area, and bathrooms, amongst others, was constructed by the Ministry of Public Works at an estimated price of US$158, 669.17.

The venture was applied by the Ministry of Public Works on behalf of the Authorities of Liberia to advertise cross-border commerce between Liberia and the neighboring Ivory Coast.

The USD$158,669.17 {Dollars} venture upon completion was turned over to Maryland County native authorities by the contractor.

The venture turning over ceremony was graced by high-level officers, together with Deputy Public Works Minister for Development, World Financial institution representatives, Maryland County Superintendent George A. Prowd, native authorities of the Liberia Advertising and marketing Affiliation and representatives of the Ivorian authorities, amongst others.

Talking on the event, Superintendent Prowd disclosed the consultations held with the Ivorian authorities had been primarily based on hope of getting Ivorians to interact in cross-border commerce with Liberia.

He narrates that on three separate events, he has led delegations to Ivory Coast to debate with authorities in Tabou how they might rotate market weekly days on either side of the border and to enhance different cross border actions however the efforts yielded no fruit.

“They don’t seem to be keen due to the cash they generate from their aspect each week, and our individuals too solely produce cane juice”, the superintendent added.

The fashionable market venture was accomplished and devoted on Might 30, and formally opened to merchants from each nations on July 24, 2019.

However since its dedication, the ability has been deserted, drawing the eye of the market superintendent within the county Alphonso Wallace, who stated, he has on a number of events engaged entrepreneurs to utilize the market constructing to spice up the native financial system however to no avail.

“We have now talked to them time and again and once more to make use of this market my brother, however they aren’t nonetheless listening to us. I do not know why and what ought to we do now, and the cash they used to construct the market is so a lot that typically I am apprehensive and suppose in the event that they had been going to construct this market one other place, it was would have been higher.” Alphonso stated.

He stated fairly than utilizing the ability, entrepreneurs from Liberia usually rush to Ivory Coast to commerce, including “They take fish, liquor and different merchandise to Ivory Coast each Thursday to promote as a substitute of promoting in our market right here to permit the cash stay right here.”