DTIS
2008
DTIS update
2013
WTO accession
2016

In coordination with local stakeholders and development partners, the EIF has supported Liberia in fostering trade integration and implementing trade‑related capacity building. The purpose of mainstreaming trade into the national development plan is to strengthen Liberia's participation in regional and global markets.

MOU
10/11/09
Budget
1'499'900
End date
30/09/17

The project aims at supporting Liberia's integration into the global trading system through strengthening the country's capacity to formulate and implement trade policies, mainstream trade in the national development plan and improve donor coordination on Aid for Trade.

 

Results

  • All donor‑funded initiatives, including the EIF National Implementation Unit, have been incorporated under one umbrella called the Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) operated from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry offices.
  • At the WTO's Tenth Session of the Ministerial Conference held in Nairobi in December 2015, WTO Ministers formally approved Liberia's WTO membership terms.
  • The SPIU coordinated the production of the Liberia WTO Post‑Accession Strategy and Implementation Plan. This Plan lists key trade facilitation milestones linking to the National Export Strategy and the National Trade Policy. Its objectives are broadly anchored on both policy and technical levels, the plan was endorsed by President Sirleaf-Johnson through an Executive Order. Since accession, the Post Accession Plan remains Liberia's primary tool to continue its economic reform agenda.
  • Through the project, several key projects have been identified to support Liberia’s economic transformation in the tourism and rubberwood sectors. These projects for example include enhancing the quality of tourism service education, building up surf-tourism and creating wildlife tourism.
  • Coordinated the production of the Liberia Rice Importation Policy.
  • Tourism and rubberwood furniture export strategies have been launched with technical support from ITC. The studies resulted from consultations with more than 200 policymakers, trade and investment support institutions and enterprises. These efforts helped the government develop plans to diversify its export portfolio into the tourism and wooden furniture sectors.
  • The strategies are aimed at driving economic transformation through value-addition, setting out a series of actions at the policy, institutional, enterprise and partner levels. They will help Liberia boost its productive capacity, create jobs, trigger investment and reduce poverty.
  • The Diagnostic Trade Integration Study Update 2013 was completed and validated by stakeholders.
  • The EIF National Steering Committee (NSC) has been rejuvenated.
  • 571 beneficiaries (392 men, 179 women) participated in capacity‑building activities.
  • The Liberia Market Place, a one-stop showcase and sales shop for locally produced products, was established and promoted Liberian products at a wide range of events. The Liberian Marketplace also creates a space to improve SMEs' access to market opportunities and has connected hundreds of rural farmers to paying urban customers and provided income for families.
  • The first draft of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Manual was completed.
  • Work is ongoing in coordinating the collection, synchronization and publication of all trade data from source agencies. 
MOU
11/10/17
Budget
49'220
End date
31/12/18

The objective of the study is to provide the Liberian authorities with a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the country’s readiness for eTrade. The demand-driven readiness assessment for Liberia will provide a basic analysis of the current e-commerce situation in the country, and identify opportunities and barriers.

Simon Hess
Country Coordinator
simon.hess@wto.org

Stephen T. MARVIE, Jr.
Deputy Minister for Commerce and Trade Commerce and Trade Services Department Ministry of Commerce and Industry Monrovia
smarvie@moci.gov.lr

Daniel Kwabena Boakye
Donor Facilitator, World Bank
dboakye@worldbank.org

Alex Shiaken
Director, Trade Services , Liberia
alexandershiakeh@gmail.com

Ruben Phoolchund
ITC
phoolchund@intracen.org

Aklile Habtemariam
ITC
habtemariam@intracen.org

JEFFERSON J. FAHN
Ministry of Commerce, Liberia
jeffersonj.fahn2@gmail.com

Prutus Sackie
National Program Officer, Embassy of Sweden, Liberia
prutus.sackie@gov.se

Elisabeth Harleman
Counsellor, Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden
elisabeth.harleman@gov.se

Axel M. Addy
Deputy Minister Commerce & Industry - Ministry of Commerce & Industry - Republic of Liberia
amaddy@moci.gov.lr