A high-level official Liberian government delegation is in the United States for a two-day Trade and Investment Council Meeting under the U.S-Liberia Trade and Investment Agreement Framework (TIFA), a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in the US says. The meeting, which started on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., wass scheduled to end on Thursday.
According to the dispatch, D.C., the Council Meeting is intended to review the progress and challenges regarding trade and investment between Liberia and the United States.
TIFA was established in 2007 as a bilateral agreement between Liberia and the United States to review and promote trade and investment between both countries. The first meeting was held in the U.S. and subsequent meetings have been rotational between the capitals of both countries.
The high-level Liberian delegation, headed by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Honorable Miata Beysolow; include Agriculture Minister Honorable Florence Chenowith, Post and Telecommunications Minister, Dr. Frederick Norkeh; Transport Minister, Honorable Willard Russell; and the Chairman of the National Investment Commission, Honorable O. Natty B. Davis.
Other Members of the delegation are Deputy Finance Minister for Revenue, Honorable Elfreda Tamba; Deputy Planning and Economic Affairs Minister, Honorable Sebastian Muah; and Honorable Aletha Brown, Assistant Minister for Commerce and Trade, among others.
Welcoming the Liberian delegation at the opening of the Council Meeting, Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, underscored the importance of the special relationship subsisting between the two countries.
For her part, Minister Beyslow said that the high level of the Liberian delegation reflects the importance the Government of Liberia attaches to the long-standing historical relations between the two countries.
The Liberian Embassy was represented by Ambassador William V.S. Bull, Honorable Edwin F. Sele, Deputy Chief of Mission; and Honorable Gabriel I.H. Williams, Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs.