President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told a visiting delegation from the International Trade Center (ITC) that she sees a great and promising potential in Liberia’s tourism sector.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 when the ITC delegation led by its Executive Director, Ms. Arancha Gonzalez; and Mr. Rahul Bhatnagar, Advisor on Export Strategy, paid a courtesy call on her at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. Receiving the Export Strategy on Tourism Launch Document, the Liberian leader thanked the ITC delegation for the level of collaboration and partnership so far and noted that the strategy outlines a roadmap that would eventually take the country to where it wants to be. She however stressed the need to improve existing infrastructures, which will eventually translate into relevant dividends let alone the desired results. Speaking during the brief encounter, the Executive Director of ITC, Ms. Arancha Gonzalez said she was delighted to be in the country especially to be a part of the launch of the Liberia National Export Strategy on Tourism, which ties in with Liberia Post-Accession Plan (LPAP). She said Liberia has enormous potentials for tourism that would then lead to trade, as trade will lead to the creation of opportunities for employment. She said the ITC remains committed to partnering with Liberia to make the country a tourist destination. The two-member International Trade Center delegation was accompanied to the presidency by Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Frantz Sawyer, Deputy Minister of Commerce for Administration and Deputy Minister for Commerce, Steve Marvie.