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.