Liberia-UK Trade & Investment Forum

On 22nd November 2016, a senior government delegation, led by HE President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, attended Liberia’s first ever international in-country investment summit, held in Monrovia.

As one of the world’s most rapidly growing markets, Liberia is endowed with a vast untapped potential in areas such as the extractives industries and a wealth of natural resources as yet unexploited, including further significant deposits of iron ore, gold, diamonds and bauxite. And with a stable and democratic government – President Johnson Sirleaf was elected for a second term in 2011 – Liberia is gaining growing support for her future and growing investment in her economy.

The Liberia-UK Trade & Investment Forum profiled the major business sectors of the Liberian economy - Energy & Mining, Infrastructure & Agriculture – and offered a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the significant investment prospects available in Liberia. For international investors and business leaders, the Forum also offered a chance to engage with ministers and senior officials at a strategic level, as well as with other private sector participants.

DMA is privileged to have hosted the Government of the Republic of Liberia on four separate occasions in the past and looks forward to future partnerships.

DMA would also like to thank all those who supported the Forum and helped make it such a success.



0800-0900: Registration & Refreshments

0900-0920: Opening Remarks
• Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA
• HMA David Belgrove, British Ambassador to Liberia
• Hon Etmonia Tarpeh, Chairman, NIC

0920-0930: Keynote Address
• HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia

0930-1100: Session 1 – Economic Outlook & Financial Sector Development
Chair: Francis Dennis, President, Liberia Chamber of Commerce
• Hon Boima Kamara, Minister of Finance & Development Planning
• Hon Axel Addy, Minister of Commerce & Industry
• Milton Weeks, Executive Governor, Central Bank of Liberia
• Krystle Mitri, Resident Representative, IFC
• Michel Privé, Chief Executive, ArcelorMittal
Q&A Session

1100-1130: Refreshments Break

1130-1300: Session 2 – Investing in Energy & Mining
Chair: David Frankfort, Country Representative, Business Council for Africa
• Hon Sam Russ, Deputy Minister of Land, Mines & Energy
• Ian Yhap, Chairman, Liberia Electricity Corporation
• Chris Martin, Project Manager (International), Dawnus Construction
Q&A Session

1300-1400: Networking Lunch

1400-1530: Session 3 – Investing in Infrastructure & Logistics
Chair: Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA
• Hon Gyude Moore, Minister of Public Works
• Hon David Williams, Managing Director, National Port Authority
• George Adjei, Managing Director, APM Terminals
• Jean-Michel Macia, Country Manager, Bollore
Q&A Session

1530-1600: Refreshments Break

Priority Sectors

1600-1645: Investing in Agriculture
• Hon Dr Moses Zinnah, Minister of Agriculture
• Margaret Kilo, Resident Representative, AfDB
• Representative, Grow Liberia
Q&A Session

1645-1700: Investing in Health
• Hon Bernice Dahn, Minister of Health & Social Welfare

1700-1715: Investing in Tourism
• Hon Eugene Nagbe, Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism

1715-1730: Closing Remarks
• Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA
• HMA David Belgrove, British Ambassador to Liberia
• HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia

1730-1900: Gala Drinks Reception - Sponsored by ArcelorMittal