On Friday, March 30, 2012, The Liberian Consulate (Georgia) hosted the Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 Welcome Reception at the Capital City Club co-hosted by Alex Cummings, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and the Honorary Consul General Cynthia Blandford Nash. in attendance were members of the Liberian Delegation including including H. E. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Vice President, Republic of Liberia, Hon. William V. S. Bull, Liberian Ambassador to the U. S., Hon. Cynthia Blandford Nash, Honorary Consul General, Republic of Liberia (Georgia), Hon. Miata Beysolow, Minister of Commerce & Industry, the Hon. Ciata Bishop, Executive Director, National Investment Commission, Hon. T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director, Liberian Petroleum Refinery Company, the Hon. Mary Broh, Acting Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Hon. Cherif Abdallah or the Liberia Chamber of Commerce and  as well as other key officials.

Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 Welcome Reception

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

On March 28, 2012, During Vice President Boakai’s visit to the United States for the Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012, the delegation including H. E. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Vice President, Republic of Liberia, Hon. William V. S. Bull, Liberian Ambassador to the U. S., Hon. Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General, Republic of Liberia (Georgia), Hon. Miata Beysolow, Minister of Commerce & Industry, the Hon. Ciata Bishop, Executive Director, National Investment Commission, Hon. T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director, Liberian Petroleum Refinery Company, the Hon. Mary Broh, Acting Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Hon. Cherif Abdallah or the Liberia Chamber of Commerce and  as well as other key officials, visited the King Center and laid a wreath on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s tomb accompanied by his daughter Reverend Bernice King.

Following the visit to the King Center the Liberian Delegation had the pleasure of visiting the Carter Center. The delegation met with key members of the Carter Center to discuss ongoing special projects being undertaken by the 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 before they were given a private tour of the Carter Presidential Library.

 

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

Delta Air Lines Direct Flight to Liberia

On November 4, 2010, in Consulate News, by Liberian Consulate

Monrovia, Liberia, Now Delta’s 7th African Destination Phil Bolton Atlanta – 09.14.10
Delta is the first American airline to fly to Liberia in 20 years.  Delta’s Perry Cantarutti is optimistic about Africa Robert Johnson, positive about Liberia’s future Cynthia Nash, Liberia’s honorary consul based in Atlanta. Delta Air Lines Inc. launched the first direct flight between Liberia and the United States in 20 years from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sept. 4.

Positive about Liberia’s future, Cynthia Nash, Liberia’s Honorary Consul General, worked closely with Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, Archie Williams, Director General Aviation for the Republic of Liberia and Delta Air Lines corporate partners, Alfreda Turner, Scarlet Pressley-Brown and William Settle to help spur Delta Air Lines direct flights to Liberia.  Robert Johnson, of RLJ Companies was instrumental in cementing the deal and provided leadership with TSA and Congress to help ensure Delta services to Liberia.   Delta Air Lines made their maiden voyage with Cynthia Nash, Robert Johnson and others from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Roberts International Airport in Monrovia, Liberia.  The flight landed on September 5, 2010 at Roberts International Airport near Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, to be greeted by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other dignitaries.

Before the outbreak of civil war in 1989, major airlines such as Pan American World Airways flew between Liberia and the U.S. Pan Am was the last American carrier to provide service to Liberia. Its last flight left Roberts field in 1990.

Liberia suffered from years of fighting starting with a 1989 coup led by warlord Charles Taylor, who now faces war crimes while on trial at The Hague in the Netherlands.

The country also was removed from tourist guidebooks for West Africa as being too dangerous for leisure travel.

But with the government of Ms. Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard University graduate and former World Bank economist, foreign visitors and investors have taken a renewed interest.

Among them is Robert L. Johnson, chairman of The RLJ Cos., who was aboard the inaugural flight. Mr. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, is the first African American to control a company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Mr. Johnson has business and development projects in Liberia including the nation’s first four-star oceanfront hotel, which opened last year.

In an initiative with the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corp., Mr Johnson has created the Liberia Enterprise Development Finance Co., a $30 million initiative, which makes loans between $25,000 and $1 million to small- and medium-sized businesses.

In remarks during the departure ceremonies held at Hartsfield-Jackson, Mr. Johnson traced the close bonds between Liberia and the United States, and recalled that the U.S. Air Force had used Roberts field as a base of operations during World War II.

Cynthia Nash, Liberia’s honorary consul based in Atlanta, also made the trip. In her formal remarks, she traced the emigration of freed slaves from Georgia and elsewhere in the South who settled in Liberia in the 19th century.

Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, said that Delta remains committed to expanding its presence in fast-growing African markets.

The Liberia flight marks the airline’s seventh to Africa including flights to Accra, Ghana; Abuja, Nigeria; Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria.

Passengers included many Liberians who appreciated the flight for shortening the time that it will take to fly there now that long waits will no longer be necessary in Europe for the final leg of the voyage. The flight does stop in Accra before continuing to Monrovia.

Ms. Johnson Sirleaf’s son, Abdamah, also was among the passengers headed for a visit. An emergency room doctor, Dr. Sirleaf was accompanied by David Knight, another doctor who has been doing volunteer work in Liberia.

Dr. Sirleaf told GlobalAtlanta that he thinks the direct flight would benefit Liberia’s economic development and encouraged Americans to visit.

 

Singing of Port Authority Agreement

On November 4, 2010, in Consulate News, by Liberian Consulate

Georgia Ports Authority and Liberia National Port Authority
to Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding

Savannah, Ga., July 30, 2010 – The Georgia Ports Authority and the Liberia National Port Authority will sign a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

GPA’s Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz, Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Liberia Cynthia Blandford Nash, the Managing Director from the Port Authority of Liberia, Matilda Parker and elected officials will speak before the signing ceremony, which will be followed by a port tour.

The MOU agreement provides both parties the opportunity to promote a strong working relationship and exchange information and expertise in the areas of marketing, operations and information technology. The agreement also calls for concerted efforts to expand international trade by supporting both parties’ market presence in their respective countries and with common customers.

The GPA also has similar strategic partnerships with the Suez Canal Authority, Panama Canal Authority, Shanghai International Port Group, Sydney Ports Corporation, the Port of Veracruz and the Port of Shimizu in Japan.

MOU Liberia and Georgia-2010