Yesterday, USIP hosted the inaugural public event of the US – Liberia partnership dialogue. This forum was the brainchild of President Sirleaf of Liberia and the former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. It seeks to diversify and expand US private sector engagement in Liberia, which the US ambassador to Liberia stated as not being nearly substantial enough at the event’s conclusion.
Although the event did not draw a full house, a star studded cast was on hand. Liberia’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Finance, and Energy graced the podium and several other luminaries were seated in the audience. They included the Minister of Commerce and the heads of the Liberian Business Association and Chamber of Commerce amongst several others.
The four ministers, all educated in the US, made impassioned pleas advocating for greater US private investment in Liberia. Continue reading