Assistant Commerce Minister Mohammed Turay observed if goods coming into the country were tested, the flow of noxious goods and other commodities on the Liberian market will be minimized.
Minister Turay made the statement on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the start of a two-day workshop on the 3rd consultation workshop on setting up quality infrastructure regime for Liberia held in the conference room at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The workshop is part of the World Trade Organization WTO requirement in providing an open forum between member state and the business community in educating and explaining fundamental processes of the WTO.
He said under the World Trade Organization (WTO), goods coming into member countries must be scientifically tested and avoid of any substance that is harmful to human health and must carry expiration dates, with country’s language inscription.
Assistant Minister Turay commended the Government of Liberia for working assiduously to recommit Liberia to WTO. He observed that Liberia stands ready to gain from WTO in term of revenue generation.
Also speaking at the opening of the workshop, Assistant Commerce Minister Steve Marvie announced that Liberia will be ratified on the 15th of June 2016 as member and it would become a full fledged WTO.
Assistant Minister Marvie underscored cohesive efforts in strengthening the commitment of the Government and admonished the business community to become more involved in buttressing the Ministry’s effort.
WTO Ministers formally approved Liberia’s WTO membership terms at a special ceremony on 16 December 2015 held at the WTO’s Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi. Liberia will have until 15 June 2016 to ratify its Protocol of Accession and would become a WTO member 30 days after it notifies its acceptance to the WTO Director-General said.
Earlier the Manager of Liberia leading distillery company, RITCO, Stephen Collins, thanked the Government of Liberia for the timely effort in making the country to be part of WTO and prayed that the efforts will be enhanced to improve incomes for Government and protect investment in the country.
Mr. Collins promised his company’s commitment in working with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in ensuring that all rules governing WTO are taking into serious consideration.
The workshop is being graced by members of the business community including representative from the Liberia Business Association, the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, officials from the Ministry of Commerce and other related organizations.
Speaking at the 35th completed accession on December 16,2015 the Director General of WTO Roberto Azeved said Liberia has shown commitment and it has done so in the face of extreme challenges facing the country as the result of the Ebola surged.
The WTO Director General hoped that Liberia achievement will help the country to continue on the path of developments and cooperative in strengthening the commitment of the organization.
He also called for an open business that will attract inward investment to create jobs, raise income and improve people’s lives.