MONROVIA – As part of its transition from investment mode to production mode in Liberia, Golden Veroleum Liberia has introduced a new leadership headed by Mr. Burhan Telasman as Chief Executive Officer and Director leading the company to its industrial stage of operations.
Burhan Telasman has proven experience in oil palm and natural resources sectors upstream in Indonesia and value added processing chief executive officer with more than 20 years working in Indonesia and overseas. The GVL CEO has in-depth engineering, technical and financial knowledge of the industries, special technologies, best operating practices. He has a proven track records of operating modern practices and management in agribusiness, agribusiness processing and resources, achieving growth and investment results.
Speaking after his appointment as CEO, Burhan Telasman says GVL envision to be the best, fully-integrated, Africa and global agribusiness and consumer product company - the partner of excellence. He said GVL mission is to efficiently provide sustainable and superior quality agribusiness and consumer products, solution and services to create value for all our stakeholders in Liberia, Africa and globally. These according to Telasman will be made possible under his leadership as Director of GVL.
Mr. Telasman says GVL operation can be measured by its core values of integrity, positive attitude, commitment, continuous improvement, innovation and loyalty, adding that he will uphold such values. The GVL Director and CEO called on Liberians both employees and nonemployees of GVL to take ownership of the company.
“I strongly believe if Liberians treat GVL as their own, the company will flourish and it will continue to improve the lives of its employees, its project communities and the Liberian economy. I am here to join the Liberian team and move GVL forward. I will work with them to build a strong and professional team of Liberians that would move GVL forward. This country has so much to benefit from oil palm but that cannot happen if Liberians don’t protect GVL operation and engage the company constructively”. Said Mr. Telasman.
Mr. Telasman in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer and Director, runs the day to day operations and business of the company and is responsible to make all operational and business decisions in Liberia.
In another development, GVL is also pleased to announce that it is now entering the manufacturing phase of its operations in Liberia. The manufacturing component, constitute the second phase of GVL operations. GVL initial stage of operations was negotiating concession agreement with the Government of Liberia, selecting land based on environmental and forest criteria, community interest, and agreeing with communities and planting of palms. Stage two is harvesting, manufacturing and sales of Crude Palm Oil while stage three would be refinery. Stage three can normally only happen when at least 4-5 factories are in place and land is developed reasonably. The final stage could be to package specialized goods manufactured based on further processing and the refinery outputs, such as Margarines, Shortenings, Branded cooking Oils, Cocoa Butter Substitutes among others.
GVL currently operates 5 tones per hour processing mini mill in Sinoe County while constructing 40/80 tones per hour processing main mill. The main mill which will be commissioned in August of 2017, will be the largest oil palm factory in Africa. GVL have developed 15,000 hectares up-to-date in both Grand Kru and Sinoe counties where GVL operates. In 2009, GVL started exploring opportunities to operate in Liberia with the goal of helping the Liberian government to reduce poverty through the provision of jobs, community development, education and health care delivery. Bearing in mind such commitment, GVL is making hope a reality in the Liberian Southeast with the employment of both skilled and non-skilled workers. Up-to-date, Golden Veroleum Liberia is happy to be the largest user of the Samuel Alfred Russ Port in Greenville, Sinoe County, and the biggest private sector employer in the Liberian Southeast. At least 3,600 Liberians are currently in the employ of Golden Veroleum Liberia. GVL seeks to employ 35-40,000 employees when fully developed in Liberia.