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ITC delegation in Liberia for 2nd stakeholder talks

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA- President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says she recognizes the individual talents of members of the high-powered International Trade Center (ITC) Delegation currently visiting Liberia to explore the opportunities in the country’s tourism sector.

The Liberian Leader said Liberia has not explored its tourism potentials, basically due to infrastructural deficit and hoped that the intervention of the ITC will serve as catalyst to effect progress in the sector.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Johnson-Sirleaf made the statement Tuesday, April 20, 2016 when the delegation paid a courtesy call on her at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.

“Liberia is looking forward to the report and the strategy document as well as what it may identify. I will certainly push you harder and I like to assure you of the commitment to take the report and turn it into action,” President Johnson-Sirleaf also told the visiting delegation.

The delegation is holding the Second Stakeholders Consultation Workshop on developing Liberia’s Tourism Trade Strategy.

The delegation is also holding bilateral consultations, networking events, as well as complementary works and making site visits in four counties to engage local communities.

The Stakeholders Consultation Workshop was jointly organized by the Ministries of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism, Commerce and Industry, and the ITC.

It is aimed at refining and detailing the Plan of Action developed in February by stakeholders of the tourism sector and consolidated into a coherent Tourism Sector Trade Document to guide the development of Liberia’s tourism industry.

Tourist sites to be visited are those in Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa Counties, as well as the Kpatawee Waterfall in Bong County and the Sapo National Park in Sinoe County.

The delegation was accompanied to President Johnson-Sirleaf’s Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia by the Ministers of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism, and Commerce and Industry, Eugene Nagbe and Axel Addy, respectively.

Earlier, Ministers Nagbe and Addy told the President that a renewed focus on the tourism sector will aid the rebranding process of Liberia, due to the huge potential the sector possesses and also pointed out that another delegation focused on the rubber-wood sector is due in the country soon.

 


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