The Business Forum for Liberia

Date: Friday, June 12, 2009
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 7th & Arch Streets Philadelphia, PA

About The Event

Event Detail

The Business Forum for Liberia

The Government of the Republic of Liberia through its Embassy in Washington, DC., joins efforts in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, the Overseas Private
Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Department of Commerce, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Interdependence Center and other participating sponsors to host a Business Forum for Liberia on Friday, June 12, 2009 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The Forum is integrated with the historical annual three-day Odunde Festival that will bring together approximately 250,000 individuals comprising business executives and entrepreneurs to Philadelphia.

The Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs has worked vigorously with African and Caribbean governments to create jobs and expand economic growth in these economies. The Commission has fostered this wide range approach to promote commerce and trade, culture and tourism in these emerging markets. The 2009 Odunde Festival will feature a one-day investment road show, promoting business opportunities in Liberia. This event will provide a unique opportunity for businesses operating in the greater Philadelphia area to explore foreign investment opportunities. This broad partnership between Liberia and the City of Philadelphia will bring pecuniary benefits to the two parties.

This forum will address strategic initiatives instituted by the Liberian government to develop a vibrant private sector whereby small and mid-sized businesses would operate as the driving force to create jobs and expand economic activities. The administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has aggressively worked to create an open investment climate that has attracted Liberians living in the Diaspora to return home and invest in the local economy. In this connection, interested parties are cordially invited to participate in this historic and exciting Business Forum, which will explore the excellent investment opportunities that exist in Liberia for potential investors wishing to invest in the country’s emerging markets. The Government of Liberia is rebuilding the country’s ravaged infrastructures, improving education and healthcare, developing capacities and expanding the economy through the establishments of small and mid-size businesses and industries. In spite of the global economic recession, the business climate in the country is conducive and the fundamentals of our economy remain promising and dynamic. In this connection, the Liberian Government is encouraging foreign capital investments in the private sector that is very vital for the creation of jobs in all spheres of the country’s economy.

Event Location

Date: Friday, June 12, 2009 City: Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Download iCal

Speakers

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th president of Liberia and the first elected female Head of State in Africa. Throughout her career she has demonstrated passionate commitment to hard work, integrity and good governance, advocating for the rights of women and the importance of education to provide a better future for her country and its […]

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Richard Tolbert, Esq.

Richard Tolbert, Esq.

Richard Tolbert is the chairman of Liberia’s National Investment Commission, an institution that has been very busy lately attracting investors to the country from around the globe. Richard Tolbert earned a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in economics from Harvard in 1968 and a law degree (Juris Doctor) from Columbia University in 1975, specializing in corporate […]

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Boakai Sirleaf

Boakai Sirleaf

Boakai Sirleaf if the acting minister of agriculture in Liberia.

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Francis Norkeh

The Hon. Francis Norkeh is the acting Minister of Commerce for Liberia.

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Michael Nutter

Michael Nutter

Michael A. Nutter, the 98th mayor of Philadelphia, has set a course for America’s sixth largest city aimed at growing the regional economy in a sustainable manner, dramatically improving public safety and investing in education and workforce development. Since taking office in January 2008, Mayor Nutter has implemented a crime fighting strategy that has seen […]

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Andrew Altman

Andrew Altman

Altman, the former CEO of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, has been engaged in private sector work after years of significant public service. “As a native Philadelphian who has led large-scale development projects including the successful economic redevelopment of Washington, DC, Andrew will bring unparalleled experience and perspective to the commerce department,” said Nutter. “I am […]

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Stanley Straughter

Stanley Straughter

Specialist in International Business Development and Financial Management

Mr. Straughter is a specialist in international business development in the financial management area. With nearly thirty years experience in international development he has lived and worked in several countries on the continents of Africa, Central Asia, the Caribbean and Russia. As a finance specialist, Mr. Straughter has provided services to foreign governments in governance and transparency, worked with finance ministers and provided advice and counsel to governments on trade policy and foreign direct investment.

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Bruce Cameron

Bruce Cameron

Deputy Director of Housing Programs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Bruce Cameron is the deputy director of housing programs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is an agency of the U.S. government that helps U.S. businesses invest overseas, fosters economic development in new and emerging markets, complements the private sector in managing risks associated with foreign direct investment, and supports […]

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Rockfeler Herisse, Ph.D.

Rockfeler Herisse, Ph.D.

Rockfeler Herisse, Ph.D. is a senior alliance advisor in the Office of Development Partners, Private Sector Alliances and provides leadership in developing public-private partnerships in Africa, Haiti, and on the agricultural value chain. Dr. Herisse also has expertise and interests in program development, management, monitoring, and evaluation; diaspora engagement; democracy, governance and conflict resolution; and […]

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Jeffrey Jackson

Jeffrey Jackson serves as senior private sector advisor to USAID’s Africa Bureau. Prior to this role, Jeffrey served in a wide range of senior-level positions within the area of SME development and finance, including a tenure at Leevy Redcross & Company, where he served in a senior capacity in SME support projects in Somalia, Swaziland […]

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Kevin Boyd

Kevin R. Boyd was selected for the position of director of the Office of Africa in January of 2005. Mr. Boyd is responsible for recommending and implementing U.S. policies to address market access and trade agreement compliance issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Boyd began his career at the Department of Commerce in 1987 as an […]

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John Simon

John Simon

John Simon, a leader in promoting private investment in low-income countries, will join the Center for Global Development as a visiting fellow starting February 2. Simon is the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the African Union and former executive vice president of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). At OPIC, Simon spearheaded efforts to promote […]

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Steve Cashin

Steve Cashin

Stephen Cashin is the founder and CEO of Pan African Capital Group, LLC (PACG). Established in 2004, PACG focuses on three key areas; investment banking and advisory services, asset management, and private equity throughout Africa. Investments include financial services, technology and agribusiness. Stephen Cashin was founder and has served as managing director and head of […]

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Gayah Fahnbulleh

Gayah Fahnbulleh

Gayah Fahnbulleg is a member of the Transworld International Consortium and chairman of the “Unity Party U.S.A”.

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