WTO Team Expected To Visit Liberia Next Week

A High Level Delegation from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Liberia's Accession to the body will visit the country from August 18-21to present and answer questions on Liberia’s WTO Accession Package.

Mr. Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Chairman of the Working Party on the Accession of Liberia, along with Dr. Chiedu Osakwe, Director of the Accessions Division of the WTO, will engage stakeholders on Liberia’s accession to the WTO.

The visit is a part of the standard protocol of accessions to the WTO for acceding countries that have reached a critical period in the process and are close to concluding their accession, according to a release from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

While in Monrovia, the team will be hosted by the Minister of Commerce and Industry and Chief Negotiator of Liberia’s Accession, Axel M. Addy.

The team, during this critical visit in the process, will meet with the executive and legislative branches of government and the private sector.

On Friday, the team will engage the private sector to review the business opportunities in Liberia's Accession Package, in a public forum at Monrovia City Hall.
Liberia commenced its accession process in 2007 under the leadership of former Commerce Minister Olubanke King-Akerele.

Liberia’s Accession has been supported by the Swedish National Board of Trade (SIDA/NBT), International Trade Center (ITC), UNCTAD, Advisory Center on WTO Law (ACWL), World Bank, Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), and Geneva-based Law Firm of King and Spalding.      

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