Vision: The people of Bong County, in partnership with the Government of Liberia, envisage rebuilding a County that is peaceful, secure, prosperous and inclusive, with economic opportunities for all.
Overview: Bong County derives its name from Mount Bong. Its political and administrative capital of Gbarnga City is located about 200 km NE of Monrovia. Bong County is one of the richest in Liberia, boasting natural resources such as gold, diamonds, iron ore and timber. The war brought the economic machinery in Bong to a grinding halt. As in the rest of Liberia, unemployment is a major challenge, especially amongst young women and men. Revitalization of the once-productive economy will occupy a place of prominence on the development agenda, helping to maintain the peace at both the county and national levels.
County Abbreviation: BG
County Flag: The flag of Bong County is orange and purple with a hammer in the background as a reference to the traditional importance of mining to the local economy.
Resident Population: 333, 481
Race/Ethnicity: Ethnic groups found in Bong County include all of Liberia’s 16 tribes. The Kpelle people represent the largest tribal block in the County, and members of many tribes speak the Kpelle language as a result.
Bong County has three alluvial diamond and gold mining areas with sizeable deposits: Wainsue, Jorpulu Clan, Jorquelleh District (gold), Totota, Salala District (diamonds and gold), and Kokoyah, Kokoyah Statutory District (gold). While the extraction of iron ore ceased with the departure of the Bong Mining Company during the war, there are still thought to be huge deposits of iron ore along the Bong Mines Belt in Fuamah District.
Location: Bong County is situated roughly at the geographic center of Liberia. It is bordered by Lofa County on Northwest, Gbarpolu County on the West, Margibi County on the Southwest, Grand Bassa County on the South and South-East, and Nimba County on the East and the North-East. On the North, Bong County is bordered by the Republic of Guinea.