By Nnamdi Ojiego
TOP IT resellers, Technology Distributions Limited has pledged to empower a new generation of resellers in Liberia andÂ bring down computer prices significantly in the country.
Speaking at the launch of Technology Distributions (Liberia) Limited at the Monrovia City Hall,Â Managing Director of the firm, Mrs. Chioma Ekeh, described the high cost of IT products in Liberia as outrageous and unacceptable.
She identified high prices of IT products as one of the reasons limiting the participation of African countries in the knowledge economy.
She noted that the Liberian ICT market was not structured and that 90% of products sold in the market come from the grey market.
The entrance ofÂ TD in Liberia, she said is expected change all that through channel strategies that would aim at growing a new generation of Liberian resellers.
These resellers, she saidÂ would be empowered through trade incentives, shared logistics, and LPO financing. Liberians can look forward to a new era in which ICT products would be available and affordable.
TheÂ Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Ebenezer A. Adigun who spoke at the capacity building event saidÂ that the adoption of Information Communication and Technology products is playing a central role in the development of the global knowledge driven economy.
He said that as a result the African Union in its most recent meeting in Addis Ababa directed the African Union Commission to set an African Digital Agenda that would see ICT products playing a prominent role in the development and integration of Africa.
He said that TD was coming to Liberia at the right time when the Liberian society, like many other African nations was opening up. The Ambassador expressed the belief that TD would meet the aspirations of the people of Liberia.
Welcoming TD to Liberia later in his office, the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency Joseph Boakai traced the long cordial relationship between Liberia and Nigeria, reiterated the key role of ICT products in national development and expressed the willingness of the Government and people of Liberia to encourage foreign investment.
The Vice President emphasized that the peoples of Liberia and Nigeria are brothers and that TD would be at home doing business in Liberia.
Assuring the Vice President, Mrs Chioma Ekeh, said that TD’s pedigree, world-class processes, and superb goodwill among leading OEMs B HP, Microsoft, APC, Dell, Toshiba, Zinox, Acer, Cisco, and D-Link B would help TD to surpass the expectations of Liberians.