He said Liberians who live in countries around the world should not underestimate the “significant impact” they have made in supporting the growth of the Liberian economy.
According to Vice President Boakai, Liberians living abroad have shown love for their country in a number of ways, including raising international awareness on the conditions in the country and helping to accelerate growth and development by holding governments accountable.
According to a dispatch from the U.S., Vice President Boakai made the observation recently in Atlanta, Georgia, U S.A, when he met with a cross-section of Liberians residing in various parts of the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Vice President Boakai, who is in the United States for a six-day working visit, urged Liberians residing outside of the country to remain patriotic and never to forget their roots and culture.
Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai has pledged his support to the establishment of the J.N. Boakai Cultural Center and commended Liberians in Atlanta for their loyalty to Liberia.
Earlier in remarks, the President of the Liberian Community Association of Metropolitan Atlanta (LAMA), Mrs. Yahsyndi Martin-Kpeyei, thanked VP Boakai for his continued support and endorsement of the work of Liberians in the Diaspora.
She assured that Liberians living away from the country remain loyal to their motherland and will continue to remain patriotic.
She announced that the Joseph N. Boakai Liberian Community Center is being expanded to include a culture center that will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Liberia.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Board of LAMA, Mr. Will Jallah, welcomed Vice President Boakai and announced the launch of a fund drive to fund the J.N Boakai Community and Liberian Heritage Center.
He said it was important that children born to Liberians in the Diaspora get an opportunity to enjoy and experience Liberian culture.
He said the Center will be an interactive research place and will showcase the latest in technology.