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US-Liberia Trade & Investment Forum

September 16, 2015

DMA is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the US-Liberia Trade & Investment Forum 2015 in September, as HE President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf leads a delegation of senior ministers and officials for the first significant investment outreach since the Ebola outbreak.

Liberia’s post-war economic growth has been steady, with iron ore exports, construction and the service sector all featuring strongly and contributing to GDP growth. Liberia has vast untapped potential in areas such as the extractives industries sector, with a wealth of natural resources as yet unexploited, including further significant deposits of iron ore, gold, diamonds and bauxite. And with an increased awareness that Liberia has embraced democracy and is stabilising, with President Johnson Sirleaf elected for a second term in 2011, Liberia is gaining growing support for her future and growing investment in her economy.

The US-Liberia Trade & Investment Forum will take place in New York City on September 16th 2015. HE President Johnson Sirleaf will be addressing the forum and will bring with her a delegation of many of her most senior ministers. Along with the Government of Liberia other key stakeholders in the country such as representatives from her national companies will be presenting; and high-level representatives from the US government and private sector will be discussing the work being done in Liberia. Officialy endorsed by President Johnson Sirleaf, the forum promises to be an excellent opportunity to meet with the Government of Liberia and hear the Liberian story.



0800-0900: Registration & Refreshments

0900-0915: Welcome Addresses and Opening Comments
• Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, Developing Markets Associates
Hon Etmonia Tarpeh, Chairman, National Investment Commission (NIC)
Hon Jeremiah Sulunteh, Liberian Ambassador to the US
Ambassador Deborah Malac, US Ambassador to Liberia

0915-0930: Keynote Address
 Bisa Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, US State Department
• Dr David Nabarro, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola
 HE President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia

0930-1100: Session 1 – The New Liberia: Economic Outlook & Opportunities
Chair: Ambassador Deborah Malac, US Ambassador to Liberia
• Hon Amara Konneh, Minister of Finance and Development Planning
Dr J. Mills Jones, Executive Governor, Central Bank of Liberia
Frank Ajilore, Liberia Manager, IFC
• Private sector representative

1100-1130: Refreshments Break

1130-1300: Session 2 – Investing in Agriculture & Agribusiness
Chair: John Aldonas, Deputy Vice President for Small & Medium Enterprise Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
• Hon Seklau Wiles, Acting Minister of Agriculture
Ed Garcia, President, Firestone Natural Rubber Company
Anna Rogers, Programme Director, Grow Liberia

1300-1400: Networking Lunch

1400-1515: Session 3 – Investing in Infrastructure
Chair: Oren Whyche-Shaw, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, USAID
Hon William Gyude Moore, Minister of Public Works
Hon Angela Cassell Bush, Minister of Transport
Hon David Williams, Acting Managing Director, National Port Authority
George Adjei, Managing Director Liberia, APM Terminals

1515-1545: Refreshments Break

1545-1700: Session 4 – Investing in Extractives
Chair: Bisa Williams,  Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, US State Department
• Hon Patrick Sendolo, Minister of Land, Mines & Energy
Dr Randolph McClain, Chief Executive, National Oil Company of Liberia
• Private sector representative

1700-1720: Closing Remarks
• Ambassador Deborah Malac, US Ambassador to Liberia
HE President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

1720-1830: Gala Reception

Venue to be announced.


September 16, 2015
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