- Nearly 70% of Liberia’s four million people are under the age of 29, and 50,000 young people enter the labour market each year.
- The Freeport of Monrovia handles 90% of Liberia’s trade.
To a foreigner visiting West Africa, Liberia could seem to be a nation against all odds. Still recovering from the trauma of historical conflict, it also faces an immediate threat – the Ebola outbreak.
Despite the uncertainties connected to the changing and alarming Ebola forecasts, Liberia’s future is also one of high economic growth projections.
In support of the country’s economic reconstruction and development, APM Terminals Freeport of Monrovia has been operational for four years. Maersk Line has decided to keep trade lanes open to Ebola-hit countries that would otherwise be isolated, as sea trade is vital for a region that imports a large share of food and other everyday products.
The impact of the terminal is already seen and felt in a number of ways.
Jacqueline Paye is a ‘multi-skilled equipment operator’, one of just a handful of the 200 APM Terminals Monrovia employees who are authorised to operate every machine in the yard. And the only female one.
“When I am sitting in my vehicle in the port, I thank God,” she says. “Many of my friends don’t have a job. I have a good job with benefits at a company that has a big name in Liberia. It makes me very proud.”