Vice President Boakai Visits Atlanta

On April 15, 2016, in About Liberia, Events, Politics, State of Georgia, by The Liberian Consulate

Vice President Boakai Visits Atlanta

Last October, Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai made a trip to Atlanta organized by the Liberian Consulate office in Georgia. During his visit, the Vice President met and spoke with many organizations to discuss a series of topics concerning Liberia. The Liberian Association of Metro Atlanta (LAMA), Thompson Hine Law firm, the University of Georgia (UGA), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta Air Lines, The Lofa Association of Georgia (LAG), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The Carter Center, and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) were among the organizations.

Vice President Boakai launched his three day visit with a town hall meeting and dinner hosted by LAMA, LAG, The Patriots for the Transformation of Liberia, and The Friends of Joseph N. Boakai, Sr. During this meeting he discussed topics of dual citizenship, his presidential campaign, the Ebola crisis  and the local community center.  The next morning, Vice President Boakai met with the Thompson Hine Law firm to engage in strategic business discussions. At the breakfast UGA International Programs Director Brian Watkins discussed plans for a program focused on women empowerment and poultry production. Both Watkins and Cynthia Blandford, Liberian Honorary Consul General in Georgia have been collaborating on the project with support from retired Clark Atlanta University president Dr. Kofi Bota and the President of the Ghana International Chamber of Commerce Matilda Arhin.

In addition to agriculture, infrastructure was discussed. Construction partners Omega Paving and HJ Russell and Company shared their ideas on roads and development in Liberia. After the Thompson Hine Law firm meeting, the Vice President had a Sister Airport Collaboration Agreement lunch meeting with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Hartsfield’s Senior Deputy General Manager Michael Smith and International Business Director Alrene Barr briefed the Vice President and his delegation about the Agreement, which focuses on training and capacity development, technical assistance, strengthening airport relationships, and sharing information.

Travel discussions spilled over into Vice President Boakai’s next meeting with Delta Air Lines where he and the Honorary Consul General discussed reinstating direct flights between Atlanta and Liberia with Peter Carter, Delta’s Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Day two concluded with The Lofa Association of Georgia discussing the urgent need to complete the Gbarnga – Mandecoma Highway Project, and the Potential Mining of Wologizi Mountain. The Patriots for Transformation Project wrapped up the evening with a fundraising dinner in honor of the Vice President. At the dinner, Duluth City Council Member Marsha Anderson Bomar presented a proclamation from Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris stating that October 18-21, 2015, was Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., Day in the City of Duluth.

For his final day in Atlanta, Vice President Boakai shifted the conversation to focus on Liberia’s health and well-being. He engaged with the Centers for Disease Control, Carter Center, and Morehouse School of Medicine. The Vice President had a conference call with Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC; a program briefing at the Carter Center; and a discussion on post-Ebola recovery strategies and partnerships organized by the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) with Morehouse School of Medicine. Over 60 guests, including MAP International, MedShare International, Morehouse School of Medicine faculty, the President and Chief of Staff of Savannah State University, Emory University School of Nursing, and the Liberian Nurses Association of Georgia attended the Morehouse School of Medicine meeting.

The Vice president could not leave Atlanta without showing appreciation to Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill and his Security Team for their service. Vice President Boakai’s eventful Atlanta visit left much anticipation for a progressive 2016.  The Liberian Consulate office in Georgia continues to forge and maintain relationships that will benefit both Liberia and Atlanta in the coming years.

Liberian Consulate Hosts Successful Vice Presidential Visit to Atlanta Culminating in a Business Summit

Atlanta, Georgia:  Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 – Liberia: A Rising Star in the Emerging Markets was held in Atlanta, Georgia attracted nearly 300 participants interested in establishing, building and sustaining business ties with the Republic of Liberia.

 

The Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012, convened by the Consul General of the Republic of Liberia-(Georgia), Cynthia Lynn Blandford in collaboration with the U.S. Ambassador of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. William V.S. Bull, was held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the historic Clark Atlanta University.

It was one of several important meetings held during the visit of the Vice President of Republic of Liberia, H.E. Joseph Nyma Boakai along with several high ranking officials from the country.

In addition to the summit, special meetings were attended by the delegation including:

On March 27, 2012, the Acting Mayor of The Monrovia City Corporation, Honorable Mary T. Broh, and the Honorary Consul General of The Republic of Liberia, Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, received a resolution from Honorable Michael Julian Bond, Councilman – City of Atlanta, in honor of The Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012.

On March 28, 2012, The Liberian Delegation attended a ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center that involved a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the civil rights leader.  In attendance was Reverend Bernice King, Liberian Vice President H.E. Joseph N. Boakai, H.E. William V.S. Bull, Liberian Ambassador to the U.S., and the Honorary Consul General, Cynthia Lynn Blandford as well as other distinguished guests. Rev. King was extended an official invitation to visit Liberia to discuss The King Philosophy of non-violent social change.  In addition, the delegation met with Reverend Raphel Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church>> View Photo Gallery

On March 28, 2012, The Liberian Delegation met with key members of The Carter Center to discuss ongoing special projects being undertaken by The Carter Center in collaboration with the Liberian government to address capacity-building in the areas of mental health and democracy. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter greeted the delegation during their private tour of The Carter Presidential Library>> View Photo Gallery

On March 29, 2012,  the law firm of Troutman Sanders and former Speaker of the House, Terry Coleman hosted a business lunch session for the delegation to network and discuss a potential Sister City program between Savannah, Georgia and Monrovia, Liberia and to discuss potential business and investment opportunities.

The Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 was held on March 30, attracted nearly 300 participants representing investors, small to medium sized businesses, academia and faith-based leaders.  Clark Atlanta University’s President, Dr. Carlton Brown and Provost Joseph Silver pledged their support to the Vice President and delegation members in fostering an educational exchange and trade support for the country.  An official invitation was extended to the President to visit Liberia by the Vice President.

Panel presentations at the business summit focused on the following topics: import/export opportunities and how to do business in Liberia; investment and contracting; Chevron’ Social Investment Program; petroleum and refinery opportunities; and municipal services.  High ranking members of the Liberian government served as panel members, including:  Miata Beysolow, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Ciata Bishop, Executive Director of the National Investment Commission, Chevron’s Social Performance Team Leader, Nadeem Anwar; T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director of Liberian Petroleum Refinery Company, Mary Broh, Acting Mayor of the City of Monrovia and key members of the Liberian Chamber of Commerce.

Former Governor Sonny Perdue provided brief remarks at the summit and met with key officials from the country to express his interest in trade and investment in the country.

A special commemorative box of essential medicines was presented by MAP International and the Honorary Consul General to the Vice President in recognition of MAP’s $4 Billion historic milestone in distributing medicines to help suffering people throughout the world.  MAP’s donation to Liberia was given at the summit which presented a $2 million commitment in medical supplies to the country to more than 39 medical clinics.

Senator Donzella James provided a resolution to the Vice President in honor of the Liberia and U.S. Business Summit and pledged support to Liberia.  The event ended with a reception at the Capital City Club co-hosted by The Coca-Cola Company Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Alex B. Cummings and the office of the Consul General of Republic of Liberia (Georgia), Hon. Cynthia Lynn Blandford.

Sponsors included: The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Chevron, MAP International, Clark Atlanta University, the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, The Monrovia City Corporation, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Metro Atlanta Chapter, the Georgia Ports Authority, the World Trade Center Atlanta, Barnes and Thornburg, Link2Link, J.Lane Media and others.

Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 Photo Gallery

VISAs

On July 7, 2011, in , by Liberian Consulate

Need a VISA?

Download the Liberian Visa application.

For information on how to fill-out a visa application and for visa fees please see the attached form.  No personal checks, credit cards or cash are accepted. All money orders, Bank Drafts or Cashiers Cheques should be made payable to the Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia Atlanta, Georgia.  Same day Rush is $75 and Next Day Rush is $50.  FEDEX all documents and fees to our mailing address or bring them to the Consulate Office (by appointment only).

Mailing Address:

Cynthia Lynn Blandford 
Honorary Consul General
Republic of Liberia
Consulate for the State of Georgia
225 Peachtree Street N.E., Suite 515
Peachtree Center   – South Tower
Atlanta, GA  30303

 

Need to Come by the Office?

If yo need to get your VISA at our office please be aware that  hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m.—2:30 p.m. and BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. The Honorary Consul General’s Office is located in the Peachtree Center South Tower on the fifth floor in suite 515. Call to make your appointment today at (404) 565-1154  or to ask questions.

Office Address (VISA Processing is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

225 Peachtree Street N.E., Suite 515
Peachtree Center – South Tower
Atlanta, GA  30303

Requirements for Visa

When applying for a VISA you must provide the following documents:

  • Valid Passport. with at least 6 months left before expiration
  • Two (2) passport size photographs. (FULL Face view on White background)
  • Flight itinerary
  • Application for visa must be completed in duplicate.
  • Self addressed prepaid USPS/FEDEX envelope for return of passport (see mail restrictions)Mail or drop-off passport and all other documents listed above. Failure to include all items could lead to delays in processing of your visa.

Important Information about the Visa Process

  1. There is a waiting period of seven(7) working days for Visa processing.
  2. Applicants are advised to apply within two weeks of their travel date.
  3. Airlines by regulation, will not allow you to board without a valid visa.
  4. If you are a Liberian, living in the United States and have become a US citizen, you are required    to obtain a valid visa to travel to Liberia
  5. In accordance with International Health Regulations, all persons entering Liberia are also required to have a Valid Certificate of Immunization (YELLOW BOOK)
  6. ECOWAS Country Passports: GRATIS
  7. There is an additional fee of $75.00 for Same Day and $50.00 for Next Day service

Download the Liberian Visa application.

Traveling to Liberia?

Providing travel visas out of the Atlanta Consulate Office will provide easy access to those in the Southeastern United States who wish to travel to Liberia. Liberia is open for business and the Honorary Consul General is pleased to work with local business partners to identify opportunities for investment and trade. Liberia is rich in rubber, diamond, gold, oil palm, coffee, cocoa and other natural resources.  Special tax incentives will be provided for those who qualify through the Liberian Ministry of Finance.  Liberia has close historical ties to Georgia and we expect an upsurge in travel and tourism to the country in the near-term.

The Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia, will officially begin to process travel visas to Liberia beginning Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia, has been given Authority by the Liberian Government to provide visa services to all who wish to travel to Liberia.

Effective July 5, 2011, hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. Please call to make an appointment at (404) 565-1154  or to ask questions. You can also e-mail the Consul General at info@liberianconsulatega.com.

Providing travel visas out of the Atlanta Consulate Office will provide easy access to those in the Southeastern United States who wish to travel to Liberia. Liberia is open for business and the Honorary Consul General is pleased to work with local business partners to identify opportunities for investment and trade. Liberia is rich in rubber, diamond, gold, oil palm, coffee, cocoa and other natural resources.  Special tax incentives will be provided for those who qualify through the Liberian Ministry of Finance.  Liberia has close historical ties to Georgia and we expect an upsurge in travel and tourism to the country in the near-term.

Liberia has 350 miles of  beautiful golden beaches, the Liberian Pigmy Hippo, Sapo National Forest and Monrovia is known as the surfing capital of the world. Tourists will visit Providence Island where the first African-Americans settled in the early 1800s and will learn more about the 10 African-American Presidents of Liberia, the founding fathers of the country.  Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the first African female Head of State on the Continent of Africa who has brought peace and stability to the country, reduced the country’s debt and increased economic development and trade.

For information on how to fill-out a visa application and for visa fees please see the attached form. Download the  Liberian Visa Application. No personal checks, credit cards or cash are accepted. All money orders, Bank Drafts or Cashiers Cheques should be made payable to the Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia Atlanta, Georgia.  Same day Rush is $75 and Next Day Rush is $50.  FEDX all documents and fees to 3695F Cascade Road #1118, Atlanta, GA  30331 USA or bring them to the Consulate Office (by appointment only).

The Honorary Consul General’s Office is located at the World Trade Center Atlanta. Call for your appointment today!

Tax Awareness Road Show Liberia is “Open for Business”

Thursday, June 9, 2011
10:00 a.m. – Noon  – Tax Awareness Briefing
Noon – 2:00 p.m.  –  Networking Reception
Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia  30334

RSVP for FREE and Purchase Raffle Tickets all in one place: http://liberiaroadshow.eventbrite.com/

The Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Liberia is hosting a Tax Awareness Road Show in Atlanta, Georgia, in collaboration with the Liberian Honorary Consul General, Cynthia Blandford Nash.

The objective is to inform Liberians and U.S businesses of various requirements and procedures in the Liberian tax system, reforms and modernization processes undertaken in both Customs and Internal Revenue procedures to enhance professional delivery of quality services, and tax incentives that are available to Liberians and US businesses operating abroad that intend to invest in Liberia.

The Embassy is encouraging Liberians living in the Diaspora to attend the conference and come ready to provide recommendations on various procedures and service delivery to further promote commerce and trade, facilitate payment of legitimate taxes due the government of Liberia, enhance revenue performance and ultimately balanced national development.

We will also be raffling off 1 Round trip Business Class Transatlantic Delta Airlines ticket, good for international travel. Raffle tickets are 1 for $15 or 4 for $50 and can be purchased on the registration website. You do not have to be present to win and travel is good until November 1, 2011.

The Roadshow will share information in these areas:

  • Reduce Tax Rates
  • Automated Customs and BIR systems
  • Integrated Tax  Administration System
  • ASYCUDA
  • Faster Clearance Processes
  • Six-month Tax Clearance
  • Strategic Tax Incentives

RSVP for FREE and Purchase Raffle Tickets all in one place: http://liberiaroadshow.eventbrite.com/

For more information please call (404) 565-1154 or by email at info@LiberianConsulateGA.com

Sponsors:  Delta Air Lines, Global Strategies for Good, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Liberian Consulate Office, Atlanta, Georgia

University Consortium

On June 19, 2010, in , by Liberian Consulate

The University Consortium for Liberia


 Honorary Consulate General, Republic of Liberia Presents…


An Exclusive Red-carpet event honoring education, empowerment and community in Liberia!

 

2016 Gala Invite

See the UCL Events page for Details!

About the Consortium

Learn more from the UCL Brochure.

The University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) is the brainchild of Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia for the State of Georgia. UCL is a network of colleges, universities, and other educationally oriented institutions in the State of Georgia whose mission is “To lift Liberia by coordinating diverse academic efforts for increased impact.” The network was launched in June of 2009 with the endorsement of Ambassador M. Nathaniel Barnes.

In 2009, two formal agreements were signed between the University of Liberia (UL) and institutions of higher learning from the State of Georgia (USA). The signing of the two agreements linking UL to major universities in the State of Georgia reflects the growing momentum of the network with regard to academic, technological, and entrepreneurial exchanges with the Republic of Liberia.

The first, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) originating from the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, cements the relationship between UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and UL’s College of Agriculture and Forestry.

The second, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) originating from Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, opens the door for the creation of a Gender Studies Program at UL by linking GSU’s College of Arts and Sciences and UL’s Liberia College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Dr. Emmet Dennis, President of UL, signed the agreements, which were presented by Dr. Layli Phillips Maparyan, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at GSU and Chair of the ULC.