Liberian business forum in London on December 5

Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom Gurly Gibson- Schwarz

Key British and Liberian private and public sectors’ actors are expected to meet in London, the United Kingdom (UK) on December 5 to identify areas and prospects towards expanding the reach of British businesses in Liberia.

The UK-Liberia High-Level Business Forum is a product of sustained efforts that seeks to advance trade and international development support.

The forum will identify approaches that highlight the West African nation’s comparative advantages as a profitable investment destination.

Strategic sectors will roll out Liberia’s investment readiness and important policy shifts under its Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) with emphasis on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah Jr and the Deputy Minister for Operations at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy Emmanuel O. Sherman will present the key linkages between the country’s natural resource endowment along with the urgent need for job creation while maintaining an investment climate with greater profitability.

Commerce Minister Prof Wilson K. Tarpeh is expected to outline Liberia’s trade context and the ease of doing business in the country. 

The Managing Director of the Forest Development Authority Mike Doyen will reflect on the changing dynamics of Liberia’s vast forest reserves as well as promoting sustainable development.

Wendell Addy, the head of the Liberian Chamber of Commerce and James Strother, President of the Liberia Business Association, will engage their counterparts in the UK about increasing the stake of Liberian businesses as a key pillar of national development.

Carla Senatore, senior business officer at UK Export Finance, will deliver updates about efforts towards cushioning UK investments abroad.

Britain’s Ambassador to Liberia David Belgrove will reflect on the UK government’s public and private sector engagement with Liberia.

Gurly Gibson-Schwarz, Liberian Ambassador to the UK, notes that the business forum is in continuation of productive partnerships between both countries.

“The gathering will lay the framework for increasing the stake of UK investment profile in Liberia,” she adds. 

Other members of the Liberian delegation to the forum include: Deputy Foreign Minister Minister Mawine Diggs, Deputy Information Minister Eugene L. Fahngon and Sampson Dee, the director general of the Liberia Business Registry.


Albert Jaja