U.S. Embassy Monrovia Welcomes New USAID and CDC Country Directors

U.S. Embassy Monrovia welcomes new USAID Mission Director Jim Wright and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Country Director Rachel Idowu. Mr. Wright is a veteran foreign service officer who brings to Liberia more than 30 years of experience managing international development and relief programs in more than 10 countries around the world, including three assignments in West Africa. He was most recently the USAID Mission …

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Visits Monrovia to Strengthen Partnership between the United States and Liberia

U.S. Embassy Monrovia welcomes to Liberia the USS Hershel “Woody” Williams under the command of Captain Chad Graham.  Hershel “Woody” Williams is conducting a regularly scheduled port visit to strengthen the enduring partnership between the United States and Liberia.  The visit also kicks off the Embassy’s year-long observance of the 175th year of the Republic …

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U.S. Embassy Monrovia Extends Condolences to Victims of Niko Ivanka Sinking

U.S. Embassy Monrovia is saddened by the news of the Niko Ivanka sinking on July 17, 2021.  We urge the authorities to investigate this incident thoroughly and implement policies that will prevent such a disaster from occurring again. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and friends of those lost.  May they rest …

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United States Donates More Than 300,000 Vaccines to Liberia

U.S. Embassy Monrovia announces the donation by the United States Government of 302,400 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Administration’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  The donated vaccines are part of the U.S. pledge to initially provide at least 25 million of 80 million doses globally …

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U.S. Embassy Monrovia Congratulates Liberia on 174th Independence Day

Friends, It is my absolute pleasure to congratulate all Liberians on your 174th Independence Day! The United States and Liberia have much in common, including celebrating the independence of our longstanding, vibrant democracies just weeks apart. In a separate message, President Biden has expressed his own congratulations to the Liberian people: “The United States-Liberia relationship …

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Retired Embassy Staff Member Jenkins Vangehn Named a Hero of U.S. Diplomacy

On June 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of State celebrated retired Liberian staff member Jenkins Vangehn as a Hero of U.S. Diplomacy. He was recognized for his dedication and courage in advancing the Department of State’s mission during the second Liberian civil war and his over 19 years of service to U.S. Embassy Monrovia. The “ Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy ” …

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Statement on the Release of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report for Liberia

U.S. Embassy Monrovia released the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Country Report for Liberia on July 1, 2021. The TIP Report is the world’s most comprehensive resource of government anti-trafficking efforts—including our own—and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights, law enforcement, and national security issue. In 2020, Liberia was elevated to Tier 2. This year, however, the report downgraded …

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19 Participants Selected for the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Launched in 2014, the  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders  is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the U.S. commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  YALI was created in 2010 and supports young Africans as they spur economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.  Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from …

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Ambassador McCarthy Visits Kakata to Talk Health, Education

On June 16, 2021, the International Day of the African Child and the start of a bed net distribution campaign to prevent malaria infections throughout the 15 counties, Ambassador Michael McCarthy visited USAID health and education programs in Kakata, Margibi County. Ambassador McCarthy first visited Sackie Gbomoh Public School, which receives support from the U.S. Government …

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USAID Celebrates a New Model of Private Sector Electrical Service

On Friday, June 11, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the Totota Electric Cooperative (TEC) to celebrate its newly acquired permit to deliver electricity in Liberia.  The TEC is the first micro-utility to achieve this status.  They serve as a potential model for other off-grid locations in the country and demonstrate how a …

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Amb McCarthy Visits Self-Help Grantee Look to Jesus Medical Clinic

On May 12, Ambassador Michael McCarthy visited the Look to Jesus Medical & Laboratory Clinic in the 72nd Community of Monrovia.  The owner of the clinic, Ms. Helen M. Bongay, received a grant from the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund last year.  The grant helped expand and improve the clinic’s obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) ward, which …

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Ambassador McCarthy Visits NPHIL Complex and Liberia Chimp Rescue and Protection

On May 5, Ambassador Michael McCarthy and Deputy Chief of Mission Alyson Grunder visited the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) complex in Margibi County, formerly known as Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR).  The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) currently shares diagnostic and office space in the complex.  In addition, Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection , a non-governmental organization …

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U.S. Embassy Monrovia Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

The U.S. Embassy celebrates World Press Freedom Day today, May 3, because an independent media is an essential pillar of responsive and accountable democracies.  Journalism plays a crucial role in combatting corruption, drawing attention to human rights abuses, and providing the public with accurate information. On May 3, 1991, a group of African journalists and …

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Joining Together to Preserve Providence Island: U.S. and Liberia Sign Joint Statement

On Friday, April 30, 2021, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Michael McCarthy joined Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism Ledgerhood Rennie, National Traditional Council Chief Zanzan Karwor, and Deputy Minister for Legal Affairs Deweh Gray at Providence Island to announce a U.S.-Liberian collaborative initiative on preservation of the historic venue and development of recommendations for …

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President Weah joins Ambassador McCarthy in Celebrating the Close of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact

On Wednesday, April 29,  Ambassador Michael McCarthy joined His Excellency President George Manneh Weah, Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia (MCA-L) CEO Monie Captan, and the Board of MCA-L in celebrating the close of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact at the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant.  The $257 million Compact aimed to encourage economic growth and reduce poverty in Liberia by addressing the inadequate access to reliable and affordable electricity …

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Ambassador McCarthy Delivers Keynote Address at Medical Student Event

On Saturday, April 24, Ambassador Michael McCarthy delivered the keynote address at the Liberia Medical Students’ Association (LMSA) 48th Inauguration Ceremony. The event took place at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine (AMDCM). He was joined by University of Liberia President Dr. Julius Nelson, Vice President for Health Sciences Dr. Bernice Dahn, AMCDCM Dean Dr. …

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Ambassador McCarthy Visits University of Liberia, Presents Forestry Book Donation

On Wednesday, April 21, Ambassador Michael McCarthy met with University of Liberia (UL) President Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson, Jr. on the Capitol Hill campus.  They discussed the long-standing relationship UL has with the U.S. Embassy as well as UL partnerships with a number of U.S. universities and colleges. The U.S. Embassy Monrovia regularly facilitates opportunities …

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Ambassador McCarthy Dedicates New LEC Customer Service Center

On April 8, 2021, Ambassador Michael McCarthy participated in a dedication ceremony for the new Liberia Electric Corporation (LEC) Customer Service Center in Waterside, Monrovia. When the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Compact with the Government of Liberia was launched in 2016, a major goal was to ensure that Compact investments would benefit women economically. Female …

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The Liberian National Security Agency opens new U.S. Government-funded HQ

On April 2, 2021, Ambassador Michael McCarthy joined Minister of State Nathaniel McGill, National Security Agency Director James Pearson II, and other dignitaries to cut the ribbon on the brand-new headquarters of the Liberian National Security Agency. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Ambassador McCarthy remarked, “One of the lessons that has repeatedly been underscored is the …

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U.S., EU, and French Ambassadors Make Joint Visit to ArcelorMittal Facilities

U.S. Ambassador Michael McCarthy, EU Ambassador Laurent Delahousse, and French Ambassador Michaël Roux toured ArcelorMittal mining and port facilities on March 24, 2021.  Welcomed by ArcelorMittal Liberia Chief Executive Officer Scott Lowe, the three ambassadors had the opportunity to visit the mine operations near Yekepa and view the ArcelorMittal-renovated rail and port facilities from the …

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Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Monrovia, Liberia – On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the 2020 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices was released by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. The report is available at https://www.state.gov/reports/2020-country-reports-on-human-rights-practices/ . For decades, the State Department has worked with countries around the world to strengthen respect …

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Call for Applications: Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

U.S. Embassy Monrovia is looking for female entrepreneurs to join our first Academy for Women Entrepreneurs! The Academy of Women Entrepreneurs ( https://eca.state.gov/awe ) is a U.S. Department of State initiative to provide women entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and networks needed to start and scale successful businesses. The first Liberia cohort of AWE will meet …

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Ambassador McCarthy Hands Over COVID-19 Testing Supplies to Ministry of Health

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, Ambassador Michael McCarthy handed over COVID-19 laboratory testing supplies to the Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, on behalf of United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance project, through funding from USAID, is supporting the Government of Liberia to accelerate COVID-19 detection efforts by …

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Ambassador McCarthy’s Remarks for International Women’s Day

Ambassador Michael McCarthy joined President Weah, Government of Liberia ministers, and other members of the international community at the National Observance of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021.  He spoke about the importance of gender equality and access to education for girls as well as the need to put an end to sexual- and …

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Liberia Forest Conservationists

We are celebrating International Women’s Day with a video highlighting smart, strong, passionate, and determined Liberian women who protect Liberia’s forests and wildlife. These women choose to challenge gender norms everyday and are defining the future of forest conservation in Liberia. U.S. Embassy Monrovia, USAID Liberia, and the U.S. Forest Service are proud to support …

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Ambassador McCarthy Welcomes First COVAX Shipment

On Friday, March 5, 2021, the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, donated through COVAX, arrived in Liberia.  Ambassador Michael A. McCarthy joined dignitaries from the Missions of the European Union, Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, and France, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator at Roberts International Airport to welcome the shipment.  Ambassador McCarthy gave remarks along …

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Ambassador McCarthy Signs the Greening Diplomacy Initiative Pledge

On March 3, 2021, World Wildlife Day, Ambassador Michael McCarthy signed the Greening Diplomacy Initiative pledge to commit to sustainability, energy efficiency, and conservation.  Members of the Embassy’s Green Team joined to show their support. By signing the Greening Diplomacy Initiative pledge, Ambassador McCarthy promises to enhance the energy security and environmental performance of the …

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U.S. and EU Ambassadors Make Joint Visit to APM Terminals Liberia

U.S. Ambassador Michael McCarthy and EU Ambassador Laurent Delahousse met at the Freeport of Monrovia today to visit APM Terminals Liberia, a subsidiary of the Danish shipping giant Maersk A/S.  Welcomed by APM Terminals Liberia Managing Director George Adjei, the two Ambassadors had the opportunity to view the state-of-the-art port infrastructure that APM Terminals has …

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Ambassador McCarthy Stresses Importance of Agriculture to Liberia’s Development

Pledging U.S. support, Ambassador Michael McCarthy said he is convinced that Liberians “can build an agriculture sector that provides the basis for Liberia’s success on its journey to self-reliance.”  Ambassador McCarthy spoke at the opening of the National Agriculture Fair in Suakoko, Bong County last Friday, February 12. He noted that support for the agriculture …

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Ambassador McCarthy Joins the Moving Forward Together Radio Program

On February 8, 2021, Ambassador Michael A. McCarthy took part in the Moving Forward Together program on ECOWAS Radio 91.5 FM.  Moving Forward Together, hosted by Sayou Tequah, showcases how Americans and Liberians are working together to achieve shared goals.  Every week, Sayou discusses a different topic and listeners call in to share their own perspectives and ask questions. …

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President Biden’s Message to African Union Summit Participants

  Video Remarks of President Joe Biden Address to the 34th African Union Summit Recorded: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Aired: Friday, February 5, 2021 As delivered Hello everyone— I’m honored to send the best wishes of the people of the United States in advance of the 34th African Union Summit. This past year has also shown us how interconnected our world is – and how …

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Statement of the Embassy of the United States of America on Representation of Women in Elected Office

The Embassy of the United States of America respects the robust and open Liberian stakeholder consultations and civil society discussions that informed electoral reform measures submitted to the Liberian legislature.  Unfortunately, lawmakers chose to avoid public debate about ways to increase the number of women holding elected office, effectively sidestepping an issue constituents have indicated …

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Ambassador McCarthy Hands Over 430 Nursing and Midwifery Textbooks

On Friday, February 5, 2021, Ambassador Michael A. McCarthy handed over 430 new, up-to-date nursing and midwifery textbooks to the Liberia Board of Nursing & Midwifery (LBNM). The Ambassador’s first public event since his arrival in Liberia demonstrates the value the U.S. Government places on healthcare and critical front-line workers such as nurses and midwives. …

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Millennium Challenge Compact Ends after Five Productive Years

After Doubling Electricity Access and Building a Data-Driven Road Maintenance System in Liberia, Millennium Challenge Compact Ends (Monrovia—January 20, 2021) – The Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia has announced the end, effective January 21, 2021, of the Millennium Challenge Compact between the United States Government and the Government of Liberia. The Compact has improved the amount and …

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Ambassador McCarthy Presents Credentials to President Weah

On Friday, January 22, 2021, His Excellency, President George M. Weah, received the credentials of U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia Michael A. McCarthy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador McCarthy thanked President Weah for his gracious letter to U.S. President Joseph R. Biden expressing congratulations on his inauguration, noting it was one …

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Embassy Hosts Young Entrepreneurs for Virtual Workshop

Embassy Hosts Young Entrepreneurs for Virtual Workshop The U.S. Embassy Monrovia, in conjunction with the Liberian Chamber of Commerce and the Business Startup Center Monrovia, hosted a virtual workshop and Q&A session for young entrepreneurs in Liberia on January 13, 2021. Twelve Liberian entrepreneurs with businesses in different stages of development attended the four-hour long …

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85,000 Vulnerable Liberians to Benefit from USAID Unconditional Cash Transfer

December 21, 2020  The United States Agency for International Development, in partnership with King Philanthropies and private donors, has launched a cash-transfer program, which will provide direct cash support to vulnerable Liberians. The newly launched USAID Unconditional Cash Transfer Activity (UCT) will provide 85,000 Liberians the equivalent of US$50 in Liberian currency (approximately 7,750 Liberian …

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Partners for Good: U.S. Military Provides $170,000 Diagnostics Machine to Armed Forces of Liberia

December 16, 2020 On December 16 at Edward Binyah Kesselly Barracks, representatives from the U.S. Embassy’s Defense Attaché Office transferred a GeneXpert System machine to the Armed Forces of Liberia. The GeneXpert machine is a molecular diagnostics system used for testing of critical infectious diseases including the Ebola Zaire virus and SARS-CoV-2 – the virus …

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Joint Statement on the December 8 Mid-Term Elections in Liberia

Joint Statement on the December 8 Mid-Term Senatorial Election and Constitutional Referendum in Liberia by the United Nations in Liberia, ECOWAS, Embassies of Member States of the African Union, the Delegation of the European Union and the Embassies of the Member States of the European Union (France, Germany, Ireland, and Sweden), the Embassy of the …

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U.S. Treasury Sanctions Harry Varney Sherman Under Global Magnitsky Act

On International Anti-Corruption Day, December 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) targeted corrupt actors and their networks across several countries in Africa and Asia.  These actions are taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, and …

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Joint Statement on Election Violence in Liberia

Joint Statement on Election Violence in Liberia by the United Nations in Liberia, ECOWAS, the EU Delegation and the Embassies of the EU Member States (France, Germany, Ireland, and Sweden), the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Embassy of the United States of America The United Nations in Liberia, ECOWAS, …

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U.S. Marines Celebrate 245th Birthday

December 4, 2020 On December 4, 2020, the Marines of U.S. Embassy Monrovia hosted a traditional cake-cutting ceremony in celebration of the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The United States Marine Corps was established in 1775.  Traditionally, every year on November 10 the Marines celebrate their birthday with a formal ball and …

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PEPFAR Oxygen Concentrators Donated to the Liberia Ministry of Health

November 25, 2020 On November 25, 2020, U.S. Chargée d’affaires, a.i. Alyson Grunder presented eight bedside oxygen concentrators to Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah at Liberia’s Ministry of Health. The bedside oxygen concentrators were purchased through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. …

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Upcoming Elections in Africa

Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on upcoming elections in Africa The United States is committed to supporting free, fair, inclusive elections. The conduct of elections is important not only for Africans, but also for defenders of democracy around the world. We believe all sides should participate peacefully in the democratic process. Repression …

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U.S. Embassy in Monrovia Marks July 4th with Face-Mask Donations!

July 10, 2020 This July 4th our Embassy celebrated U.S. Independence day unlike ever before: we joined with Liberian partners for a wide-ranging face mask distribution project to help prevent the spread of COVID-19! Enjoy this short video dedicated to our Liberian partners, with sincere thanks for their collaboration! We’ve been here. We’re still here. …

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Alert: U.S. Embassy Monrovia

Location:  Liberia Event:  Liberia has confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.  On August 8, the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) published a  COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers departing Liberia . Exiting Liberia: Individuals departing Liberia by land, sea, or air must follow  NPHIL procedures for COVID-19 testing at least 72 hours before the date of travel. In addition, travelers departing Liberia from Roberts International Airport should follow procedures below, as published June 27 by the  Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism : All …

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Joint Statement of the UN Resident Coordinator A.I., ECOWAS Ambassador, and the Charges D’Affaires A.I. of the European Union and U.S.A

Joint Statement of the UN Resident Coordinator A.I., ECOWAS Ambassador, and the Charges D’Affaires A.I. of the European Union and United States of America Monrovia, 4 August 2020 The U.N. Resident Coordinator a.i., ECOWAS Ambassador, and the Charges D’Affaires a.i. of the European Union and United States of America fully support the concern expressed by …

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

On December 18th, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 30th as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and to promote and protect their rights.  People and communities all over the world, including in Liberia, observe this day each year. U.S. President …

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U.S. Embassy Monrovia Supports Liberian County Security Council (CSC) Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Embassy in Liberia is proud to support Liberia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a part of our continued assistance to Liberia’s justice and law enforcement institutions, the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in close coordination with Liberian government and civil society representatives, developed a COVID-19 …

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Message on Voting for U.S. Citizens

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! The  Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)  encourages the use of the  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  to start the absentee voting process as it is standardized for use across all states and will extend your eligibility to receive a ballot for all federal elections for at least …

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Message from Chargé d’Affaires Alyson Grunder

The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia greatly appreciates and shares the deep concerns and sorrow that Liberians, from the most senior levels of government to ordinary citizens, have expressed to us in recent days regarding the tragic killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. We grieve for his family and community, which …

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The United States Provides One Million Dollars In Assistance to Liberia to Respond to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2020 The United States Provides One Million Dollars In Assistance to Liberia to Respond to COVID-19 Monrovia – The United States Government has committed $1,000,000 in health funds to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Liberia. The United States, via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing …

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A Message from Chargé d’Affaires Alyson Grunder

The U.S. Embassy in Liberia was collectively sad to say farewell to our Ambassador Christine Elder last month without the traditional leave takings and formalities someone would normally have after serving the United States and advancing the U.S.-Liberia relationship so steadfastly for nearly four years.  As Chargé d’affaires during the current COVID-19 pandemic, I am …

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U.S. Embassy Robustly Supports Liberia’s COVID-19 Response

April 1, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in Liberia is proud to provide approximately $40 million this year for assistance to Liberia’s health sector, part of our nearly $100 million in annual assistance.  This funding will also help to support Liberia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are working closely with the Liberian Ministry of Health, …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Monrovia, Liberia (March 25, 2020)

Location:  Liberia  Event: The Department of State and U.S. Embassy Monrovia have very limited availability for U.S. citizens on a charter medical flight which will depart Roberts International Airport at approximately midnight tonight and fly to Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C.  Priority consideration will be given to older adults, people with underlying health conditions (such as diabetes …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Monrovia, Liberia (March 25, 2020)

Location:  Liberia  Event: The Department of State and U.S. Embassy Monrovia have very limited availability for U.S. citizens on a charter medical flight which will depart Roberts International Airport at approximately midnight tonight and fly to Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C.  Priority consideration will be given to older adults, people with underlying health conditions (such …

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Farewell Message from Ambassador Christine Elder

Farewell Message from Ambassador Christine Elder Farewell Message from Ambassador Christine ElderMarch 25, 2020, Washington, D.C.To my many friends in Liberia, I send you greetings from Washington, D.C.On Monday, the U.S. Embassy shared news with you, the Liberian people, that my tour as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia had concluded. As the Embassy statement noted, I have been deeply honored to serve …

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U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder Completes Liberia Assignment

U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder departed Liberia on Saturday, March 21, after nearly four years at the helm of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.  Ambassador Elder worked closely with both Presidents Sirleaf and Weah and their respective administrations, overseeing U.S. diplomatic engagement with Liberia and U.S. foreign assistance here.  Ambassador Elder is one of …

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Health Alert –  U.S. Embassy Monrovia, Liberia

(March 22, 2020) Location:  Liberia Event:  The Liberian government has confirmed three cases of COVID-19 in the country. On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome …

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Oscar Williams & The Band of Life “Rock Liberia” in Celebration of Black History Month!

In celebration of African American History, and underscoring the shared American and Liberian appreciation of gospel music, the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia was pleased to host gospel sensations Oscar Williams & The Band of Life for their first visit to Africa.  The highlight of their visit, on Sunday, March 1st was a concert at Centennial Pavilion …

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Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The United States has confirmed cases of individuals who have a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (“2019-nCoV”) (“the virus”) first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China (“China”).  The virus was discovered in China in December 2019.  As of January 31, 2020, Chinese health officials have reported approximately …

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Attn: U.S. Citizens Interested in Becoming a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat)

Are you an American Citizen thinking about becoming a U.S. Foreign Service Officer? The first step is to take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). Eligibility Requirements To be eligible, the U.S. Department of State requires that each candidate meet the following requirements. A U.S. citizen on the date the candidate submits the registration package. …

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Dec 31 Joint Statement on Planned Demonstration on 30 December

JOINT STATEMENT OF THE AMBASSADORS OF THE UNITED STATES, THE EUROPEAN UNION, ECOWAS, AND THE UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR IN LIBERIA WITH REGARD TO THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE PLANNED DEMONSTRATION IN MONROVIA ON 30TH DECEMBER 2019. After examining the various recent statements issued by the Government of Liberia and the Council of Patriots on the planned …

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Dec 29 Joint Statement on Planned Demonstration on 30 December

JOINT STATEMENT OF THE AMBASSADORS OF THE UNITED STATES, THE EUROPEAN UNION, ECOWAS, AND THE UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR IN LIBERIA WITH REGARD TO PLANNED DEMONSTRATIONS IN MONROVIA ON 30 DECEMBER As representatives of the United Nations, ECOWAS, the European Union, and the United States, we are among the many international partners who have invested heavily …

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Dec 28 Joint Statement on Planned Demonstration on 30 December

Joint Statement of the Ambassadors and Chargés d’Affaires a.i. of the United States, the European Union, France, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom in relation to the Council of Patriots’ (COP) planned demonstration in Monrovia on 30 December  In a 24 December broadcast on Facebook Live, Mr. Henry Costa, Chairman of the COP, used inflammatory …

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Highlights Of The Visit Of The U.S. Congressional House Democracy Partnership To Liberia

A Congressional delegation from the United States visited Liberia from October 8 and 9, 2019.  The U.S. legislators, traveling with the  House Democracy Partnership  (“HDP”), were led by the HDP Chairman,  Representative David Price of North Carolina .  The delegation also included  Representative Markwayne Mullin of OklahomaRepresentative Barbara Lee of CaliforniaRepresentative Diana DeGette of Colorado , and  Representative Alma Adams of North Carolina . The mission of the U.S. House Democracy Partnership is to promote responsive, effective government and to strengthen democratic …

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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large John Richmond Visits Liberia to Discuss Liberian Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) John Cotton Richmond visited Liberia from September 9-10 to meet with diverse stakeholders in the country’s fight against human trafficking and discuss the country’s efforts to address this universal human rights violation, also known as modern day slavery, in Liberia. Ambassador Richmond met on September 9 with …

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Joint EU-US Statement on Recent Electoral Violence in Montserrado County

Joint Statement of the European Union (EU) Delegation and the Embassies of the United States of America and the EU Member States (France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom) on recent electoral violence in Montserrado County Monrovia, 20 August, 2019 The EU Delegation and the Embassies of the United States of America and the …

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Release of the 2019 Fiscal Transparency Report

The U.S. State Department released the  2019 Fiscal Transparency Report  on August 15, 2019. Fiscal transparency informs citizens how government revenues and tax revenues are spent and is a critical element of effective public financial management.  Transparency provides citizens a window into government budgets and helps hold governments accountable.  It helps build market confidence and sustainability.  The Congressionally mandated Fiscal Transparency Report …

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July 18, 2019 Statement by Ambassador Elder

U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder issued the below statement (PDF 270 KB) July 18 “The U.S. Embassy read with interest the statement of the Council of Patriots (COP) issued July 12 announcing their intent to stage a nationwide protest beginning July 24.  While the U.S. Embassy supports the rights of citizens to lawfully apply to assemble or …

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Assistant Secretary Royce Commemorates Historic Ties at National Museum of Liberia

Liberian Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Eugene Lenn Nagbe welcomed U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce at the National Museum of Liberia on June 28 for an event commemorating the historic ties between Liberia and the United States. Before an invited audience of representatives of the Liberian …

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University of Kentucky Visitors Discuss Higher Education Research and Partnership Issues with Liberian University Administrators

Dr. Wayne Sanderson and Dr. Tim Barnes from the University of Kentucky (UK) visited Liberia from June 16-21 under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy, to meet with Liberian higher education administrators and to explore a partnership with the University of Liberia in public health and other areas. Dr. Sanderson and Dr. Barnes conducted two …

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Ambassador Elder’s Remarks at the 243rd Independence Day Celebration

It is my great privilege to welcome His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah and Madam First Lady Clar Weah; as well as the Honorable Speaker of the House of Representatives Bhofal Chambers, president pro tempore of the Senate Albert Chie, and members of the Legislature; his Honor, the …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

U.S. Embassy Statement The Embassy of the United States is concerned by recent comments made in various fora which could impede Liberia’s progress. Those who promote through their words or deeds a Congo-Country divide do not have Liberia’s best interests or that of their constituents at heart, but rather appear motivated by personal ambitions or …

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Statement on the Occasion of World Press Freedom Day

Today marks the anniversary of the 1991 “Declaration of Windhoek on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press,” a day that was subsequently proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as “World Press Freedom Day.”  The Windhoek Declaration recognized that “Consistent with article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the establishment, maintenance, and fostering …

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Study Shows Health of Ebola Survivors in Liberia Has Improved: One-year results from PREVAIL 3 published in the New England Journal of Medicine

Monrovia, March 7, 2019 – A five-year study of Ebola survivors in Liberia (funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, or NIH) has found that although certain health problems remain more common among survivors than among their household and sexual contacts who never had the virus, overall, the health of survivors improved during their first …

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Ambassador Elder and Inspector General Sudue Unveil Liberia National Police E-Learning Lab

(Monrovia, Nov 21, 2018) – Earlier today, U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder unveiled an e-learning Laboratory at the Liberia National Police (LNP) Headquarters.  This donation included desktop computers, printers, projectors, desks and chairs, and other items.  The e-learning lab will expand the LNP’s training capabilities and will also allow the LNP to conduct training at headquarters …

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Liberia hosts 6th APORA Key Leader Meeting in partnership with U.S. Africa Command

(Monrovia, Nov 16, 2018) – The African Partner Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA) is an initiative of senior African medical leaders to collectively prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. Liberia hosted the sixth APORA key leader meeting from November 12-15, 2018. The meeting was held in partnership with the Liberian Ministry of Defense and …

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U.S. Embassy Comment on Investigative Assistance to Liberia

  The U.S. Embassy in Liberia, through USAID, has reached out to independent, internationally recognized firms with specialization in forensic investigations to conduct a scoping mission that could ascertain the basic facts of the alleged missing currency matter and determine to what extent a broader mission would be needed.  It is the assessment of the …

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Remarks by Ambassador Christine Elder at 2018 U.S. Independence Day Celebration

Remarks by Ambassador Christine Elder July 4, 2018 Welcome and Happy Fourth of July!  Today we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the vote in 1776 by the Continental Congress to declare our independence from Great Britain.  It is my pleasure to extend greetings from President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the people …

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Millennium Challenge Corporation Projects Assessed

Chief Operating Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Jonathan Nash paid a visit to Monrovia on June 18-19 to review progress on project implementation under an agreement signed October 2015 between the Governments of Liberia and the United States of America.  During the visit, President George Weah met with COO Nash to receive a progress …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine

CORRECTED COPY – The press release below has been updated with corrected titles for Dr. Dahn and Dr. Adams.  The U.S. Embassy apologizes for the error.   (Monrovia, May 22, 2018) — U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder visited the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine (AMD) today as part of a high-level visit to observe …

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Health Projects Dedicated in Robertsport, Tubmanburg

(Monrovia) — On May 17, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder visited government hospital projects in Robertsport and Tubmanburg. The projects, with support from the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include significant water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure (WASH) improvements at St. Timothy and Liberia Government Hospitals in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi …

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U.S. Department of Energy and Liberia’s Lands, Mines & Energy Ministry Host International Nuclear Safeguards Workshop

(Monrovia, May 21, 2018) — The United States Department of Energy and Liberia’s Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy are co-hosting a four-day workshop on international nuclear safeguards in Monrovia from May 21-24. Liberia took the historic step of signing a Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in …

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Regional Exercise to Include Helicopter Landing at U.S. Embassy

Media Note (Monrovia, March 22, 2018) — A U.S. navy helicopter participating in Exercise Obangame Express 2018 will be landing at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia on March 24.  Exercise Obangame Express 2018, which is sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime security, and information-sharing practices to enhance the …

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U.S. Presidential Delegation Meets with President George Weah

On January 23, the Presidential Delegation from the United States attending the inauguration of President George Weah met with the newly inaugurated leader. Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State, led the U.S. delegation. During the bilateral meeting, President Weah and Under Secretary Shannon discussed the United States’ and …

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Statement by the White House Press Secretary on the Presidential Election in Liberia

The United States congratulates the people of Liberia on the successful conclusion of the presidential runoff election, and President-elect George Weah on his victory.  This is Liberia’s first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected head of state to another in decades, and represents a major milestone for Liberia’s democracy. The United States commends …

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UN Security Council Press Statement on Elections in Liberia

Security Council Press Statement on Elections in Liberia The members of the Security Council congratulated the Liberian people and Government as well as political leaders, civil society organizations, and the media, for the peaceful conduct of October 10 presidential and House of Representative elections.  They commended international partners and UNMIL for their support in elections …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Liberia’s Electoral Process

(Monrovia, November 15, 2017) — The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia was inspired by 1.5 million Liberians who expressed their commitment to and faith in democracy by voting in the October 10 elections.  The U.S. Embassy underscores the importance of a peaceful transfer of power to a new democratically-elected president in January, as reflected in Liberia’s …

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2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Information

The Department of State administers the Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program annually. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2019, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. Applicants …

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NEW ENTRY PERIOD FOR DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM – DV-2019

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants.  In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those …

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Liberia’s Presidential and Legislative Elections

As a longstanding friend, the United States applauds the people of Liberia for exercising their democratic right to vote in the historic presidential and legislative elections. This is an important step toward achieving Liberia’s first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected head of state to another in decades. We salute Liberia’s success in holding …

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United States and Liberia Sign Agreement on School Science Program

(Monrovia, September 25, 2017) – Today, the U.S. Embassy, on behalf of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to implement the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program in Liberia.  The program will be piloted this year by Peace Corps Volunteers in …

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U.S. Government and Ministry of Education Launch Project to Reach Out-of-School Children

(Monrovia, August 29) – The United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) on Monday, August 28 launched the Accelerated Quality Education for Liberian Children (AQE) project. The project will provide quality basic education to out- of- school children in Liberia between ages 8-15. The new …

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54 Two-Year Peace Corps Volunteers Take Up Assignments in 13 Counties

(Monrovia, August 18, 2017) – Today, Peace Corps is swearing in 54 new Peace Corps Volunteers who will serve two-year tours.  These Volunteers will be placed at public junior high and high schools in 13 counties. On August 22, another group of 19 Volunteers will arrive.  The group will be comprised of 13 educators who …

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Ambassador Elder Promotes Peaceful Elections and Civic Participation

On Monday, July 31st,NAYMOTE launched the fourth semester of its Young Political Leaders School. U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder was proud to serve as a keynote speaker, along with SRSG Farid Zarif of UNMIL. In her remarks, she urged, “As the week goes on, don’t forget to seek to understand what you have in common, and …

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Achievements in Civil Society Honored at Gala Event

  Five outstanding Liberian civil society leaders were recognized last week during the first ever Liberia Development Awards gala.  Held on January 31, 2017, the ceremony presented awards for outstanding achievements in in health, education, agricultural, business and civil society. Award winners included:  

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Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Visits Monrovia, MCC Investment in Mount Coffee Rehabilitation

October 25, 2016 PRESS RELEASE Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Visits Monrovia, MCC’s Investment in Mount Coffee Rehabilitation MONROVIA— Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation, Dana J. Hyde, visited Liberia over the last two days, as part of the MCC Powering Africa trip.  CEO Hyde is visiting partner countries where MCC is …

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Liberian Girls Attend Let Girls Learn Program in the United States

(Monrovia, October 7, 2016) Today, as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, 22 Liberian girls will travel to the United States to celebrate the International Day of the Girl with U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama.  The 22 girls were selected due to their participation in educational programs supported by the Peace Corps, U.S. Agency …

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Editorial: The Brighter Future for Liberia’s Economy

By Elizabeth Littlefield The author is President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the development finance institution of the United States government.   As you gather to celebrate Liberia’s Independence Day, you have much to be proud of. Your country, battered by the Ebola epidemic during the past two years, has achieved zero …

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U.S. Embassy Attends Liberian Security Transition Ceremony

U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder attended a ceremony at Monrovia City Hall on July 1 to mark the formal turnover of responsibilities for public safety by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to the Liberian security forces. Over the past few years as UNMIL has drawn down, the Government of Liberia has increasingly taken over responsibility …

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U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder Presents Credentials to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

On June 23 the newly arrived U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, the Honorable Christine Elder presented her Letter of Credence to Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.  President Sirleaf accepted her credentials and warmly welcomed Ambassador Elder to Liberia, expressing her appreciation for the excellent, long-term relationship between the United States and Liberia, and especially for the recent …

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Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield: Why Liberia Needs to Join the WTO

By Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State To secure a peaceful and prosperous future for its youngest citizens, Liberia must ensure that they will have ample opportunity to succeed as the country enters its second decade of post-conflict stability.  Membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) will provide a …

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Third Group of Response Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn In

Peace Corps-Liberia recently swore in its third group of Response Volunteers for six months to one year of service in communities throughout Liberia.  The swearing-in ceremony brings the total number of Volunteers in Liberia to 23. The next group of Volunteers is expected this summer and will mark a return to full capacity by Peace …

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U.S. Treasury and Financial Intelligence Unit Ink Agreement

The U.S. Treasury ’s Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) and the Liberia Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) launched a joint effort on February 23, 2016 to develop Liberia’s ability to combat money laundering and counter the financing of terrorism. The Office of Technical Assistance is comprised of five subject-matter teams focused on technical assistance to governments …

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CDA Bouleware Dedicates Building at AFL Barracks

On February 10, Charge d’Affaires Mark Boulware (center) dedicated a multi-purpose building at Edward Binyah Barracks for the Armed Forces of Liberia, along with Honorable Brownie Samukai, Jr., Liberian Minister of Defense.  Two buildings were constructed by the AFL and the Michigan Army National Guard engineer soldiers working shoulder-to-shoulder in four rotations from November 2015 – February …

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4 Coordinators of American Spaces completed a rigorous three-day training

Four coordinators of American Spaces completed a rigorous three-day training at the Embassy the week of September 21 as part of their annual training. American Spaces, which are small-scale American-style libraries hosted by educational partners, provide publics outside Monrovia with access to information about the United States. Ambassador Deborah Malac, pictured here with the group, …

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YALI 2015 Fellows Honor

Ambassador Deborah Malac hosted a reception September 17 in honor of Liberia’s 16 2015 #‎MandelaFellows after their return from the United States.  U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac hosted a reception Thursday evening in honor of Liberia’s 16 2015 #‎MandelaFellows after their return from the United States.  The honorees mingled with other program alumni, Liberian government officials, business …

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U.S. and Liberian Officials Commission New Water Pipeline System for Robertsport

Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County – The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Liberia (GoL), has inaugurated a new water pipeline extension system that will provide potable water to 200 households and over 1,000 people in Robertsport City, Grand Cape Mount County. The new pipeline, …

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U.S. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden Makes Third Visit to Liberia

CDC Director Tom Frieden fields a question during a press conference on August 5 with Ambassador Deborah Malac. Along with U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac, CDC Director Tom Frieden welcomes participants to the first class in the Field Epidemiology Training Program to be held in Liberia. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease …

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U.S. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden Makes Third Visit to Liberia

  CDC Director Tom Frieden fields a question during a press conference on August 5 with Ambassador Deborah Malac. Along with U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac, CDC Director Tom Frieden welcomes participants to the first class in the Field Epidemiology Training Program to be held in Liberia. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for …

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Youth Exchange Study Students (YES) Prepare for Departure

A week-long pre-departure orientation kicked off Thursday, July 30, for eight Liberian high school students who will be participating in the 2015-2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Study (YES) program at high schools across the United States. Ambassador Deborah Malac stopped by the orientation to wish the students well and exhort them to represent Liberia to their …

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U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Hands over Solar Energy Project to Lofa Community

Gbarnway, Lofa County –The United States Government has turned over the completed and operational Gbarnway Solar Electricity Pilot Project to the people of Gbarnway in Lofa County.   The project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is a 24 kilowatt renewable off-grid electricity system that will provide power to 152 households, 5 …

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U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac Visits Liberian Muslims

U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac paid calls on two Muslim communities in Monrovia on July 14 to extend the United States’ greetings marking Ramadan. The Mosques included the New Georgia Estate Junction Mosque in Gardnerville and the 17th Street Mosque in Sinkor. Ambassador Malac met with Liberian Muslim clerics and expressed sentiments on behalf of the …

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U.S. Embassy Monrovia Hosts 239th Independence Day Reception

(Monrovia) – U.S. Embassy Monrovia hosted a colorful ceremony on Thursday, July 2, 2015 in observance of the 239thIndependence Day celebration of the United States of America. The ceremony took place at the Executive Pavilion in Monrovia. In her welcoming remarks to guests, U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac commended the Liberian government, especially health workers and …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY: On Ramadan

For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY June 17, 2015 On Ramadan On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for …

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U.S. Government Relaxes Screening Procedures for Travelers from Liberia

The U.S. Government has announced it is modifying its enhanced Ebola entry screening and monitoring program for travelers entering the United States from Liberia. As of June 17, 2015, travelers arriving in the United States from Liberia will still have their temperatures taken, be asked about their health and will need to provide local contact …

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48th Chemical Brigade Ends its Mission in Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia, June 10, 2015 – The 48th Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Brigade has cased its colors to signify the end of its participation in Operation United Assistance (OUA)-TAC.  OUA was part of the overall ‘whole of U.S. Government’ response to assist Liberia in getting rid of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The brigade …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits Villagers and U.S. Government-Sponsored Projects during a Week-long Trip to Southeast and Central Liberia

Salala, Bong County – U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac met with hundreds of Liberian officials, university administrators, high school faculty, students and beneficiaries of U.S.-funded health, education and small business projects during a week-long road trip through Southeastern and Central Liberia. Ambassador Malac visited Maryland, River Gee, Grand Gedeh, Nimba and Bong Counties from April 13-17. …

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USAID Associate Administrator Eric Postel to Visit Liberia

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Eric Postel will visit Liberia May 13-16, 2015.  His trip, part of a three-country tour that will take him to Guinea and Sierra Leone, will focus on USAID’s development assistance supporting post-Ebola recovery efforts in West Africa. During his visit, Associate Administrator Postel will meet with …

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U.S. CDC Downgrades Ebola Travel Notice in Liberia

On May 4, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta downgraded its travel alert from a Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) to a Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) for Liberia. Currently, there are no known cases of Ebola in Liberia.  As of April 18, 2015, contacts of Liberia’s last known Ebola patient have …

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Remarks by the President Before Meeting with West African Leaders on Ebola

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I want to welcome Presidents Sirleaf, Koroma and Condé.  The United States has a long partnership with Liberia and Sierra Leone and Guinea — partnerships that prove to be critical in the fight against Ebola.  We’re here to assess progress today and to look ahead. We begin by noting the incredible losses …

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U.S. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac Applauds Mandela Washington Fellowship – Liberia

U.S. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac has applauded the works of alumni of the 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship – Liberia. Ambassador Malac said upon the return of the Fellows from their program, they immediately and actively got involved in the fight against Ebola in Liberia. “They have been working 24/7, raising the public’s awareness about Ebola …

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DCM Sheila Paskman Urges Journalists To Be More Professional

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Sheila Paskman has urged Liberian journalists to practice more responsible journalism, and she underscored the need for them to help build a strong democratic society through the dissemination of accurate and reliable information to the public. “Democracy cannot work if people do not know what is going on,” DCM Paskman …

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48th Chemical Brigade Assumes Command of Operation United Assistance

Monrovia, Liberia, March 20, 2015 –The 48th Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Brigade has uncased its colors and assumed command of the Operation United Assistance (TAC-OUA) mission from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Today’s uncasing ceremony is a milestone in the history of the 48thChemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Brigade since its activation at …

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U.S. Ambassador Helps Celebrate International Women’s Day

Monrovia, March 12—U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac was among several speakers who participated in the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program Liberia (AWEP-L’s) commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD) in Tappita, Nimba County. March 8 is designated as International Women’s Day, and every year celebrations are held worldwide to highlight women’s social, political, and economic achievements. AWEP-L, an …

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release                                          February 20, 2015 On Friday, February 27, President Obama will welcome President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia to the White House.  President Sirleaf’s visit comes at a time of critical cooperation between the United States and Liberia.  As President Obama announced last week, the …

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United States of America – Liberia Relationship

The U.S.-Liberia relationship dates back nearly 200 years and is stronger than ever as we continue working together to get to zero Ebola cases. Liberia, under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has emerged from over a decade of war to be a key champion of democracy, peace, and development. The U.S. is Liberia’s …

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USAID Food Security Initiative Yield Results

Gbarnga, Bong County –Smallholder farmers have had tremendous results increasing their crop yields  in the past year through new planting practices, improved seeds and technical support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Together with the War Affected Women Educational Empowerment Program (WAWEEP), USAID is working to improve food security in Liberia by …

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U.S. Embassy Announces Resumption of Medical Examinations for Immigrant and Diversity Visas Applicants

Monrovia, February 13, 2015 – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that medical examinations for all immigrant visa and diversity visa applicants will resume in Liberia on February 16, 2015.  A medical examination completed by an approved panel physician is a requirement for all immigrant and diversity visa applications. Visa applicants in Liberia previously …

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U.S. Ambassador Transfers New Health Center to Lofa County Officials

Barkedu, Lofa County – U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac has officially handed over the keys to the new Barkedu Health Center, which was funded with U.S. Government support, to Lofa County Health Officer Dr. Joseph Bolongei. During a ceremony, Ambassador Malac complimented county and local officials and members of the community for working to improve health …

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U.S. Senator Christopher Coons Asks “How Can We Get To Zero”?

United States Senator from Delaware, Christopher Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, travelled to Monrovia, Liberia to review the international efforts to stop the spread of the Ebola virus and visit U.S. military servicemen and women deployed as part of Operation United Assistance. “Ebola has claimed the lives of almost …

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Joint Local Statement on the Special Senatorial Elections in Liberia

The diplomatic community in Liberia and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) look forward to a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful process for the Special Senatorial Elections scheduled for 20 December 2014. Recognising that this is a sovereign process, we call on all stakeholders to help ensure all eligible Liberians are able to participate …

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Monrovia Medical Unit discharges two more Liberian Healthcare Providers after beating Ebola

D’Geedawoi Johnson and Robert Kpoto came to the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) after being confirmed with the Ebola virus disease while providing care in Liberia, but today, December 8, 2014, both men walked out under clear skies on a warm day ready to reunite with their families. D’Geedawoi stops just long enough to look back …

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U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield Reaffirms the U.S. Commitment to the Liberian People

Monrovia, December 5 – U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and other members of a high-level U.S. delegation travelled to Monrovia, Liberia December 2-4, 2014 to review the U.S. Government’s Ebola response efforts and to review what steps will need to be taken in a post-Ebola West Africa. The delegation included …

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U.S.-Run Field Hospital for Ebola Stricken Health Workers Discharges First Patients

The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps has announced that two patients, both Liberian healthcare workers, were released Monday from the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU). Both patients have recovered from Ebola and are virus-free. Stanley Sayonkon, a 42-year-old nurse, and Mark Tate, a 43-year-old clinic records specialist, were admitted to the MMU, a 25-bed …

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U.S. Whole-of-Government Effort Aids Frontline Healthcare Workers in the Fight Against Ebola

MONROVIA, Liberia – November 7, 2014 – U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah R. Malac and Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson joined Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 to mark the inauguration of the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), a 25-bed field hospital located in Margibi County, Liberia. The facility, expected to be fully …

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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power Reaffirms U.S Commitment to Ebola Nations

In an effort to enhance global awareness and increase the levels of support from the international community, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power spent Tuesday, October 28th in Liberia as part of a larger tour of Ebola affected countries in the region. “President Obama asked me to come to the region as …

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U.S. Military Brings in Mobile Ebola Testing Labs and other Supplies to Fight Ebola

U.S. military C-17s landed at Roberts International Airport over the weekend carrying key pieces of U.S. military equipment to aid in the anti-Ebola fight:  two mobile Ebola testing labs and equipment to build the 25-bed field hospital for health care workers. The mobile labs will be placed at the Ebola Treatment Centers (ETUs) at Island …

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More Shipments of the Stepped Up U.S. Response to Ebola Arrive in Liberia

A total of three C-17 U.S. military aircrafts have so far flown into Liberia with assorted U.S. military equipment and personnel for the anti-Ebola fight. More than 50 military personnel, including engineers and airfield specialists, have been brought in as part of the advance team. The cargo includes heavy duty engineering equipment, medical supplies, and …

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Remarks by President Barack Obama on the Ebola Outbreak

“Good afternoon, everybody. Please be seated. I want to thank Dr. Frieden and everybody here at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for welcoming me here today. Tom and his team just gave me an update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, our efforts to help mobilize the international community to fight it, …

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President Barack Obama Tells West Africans: ‘You Are Not Alone’ in the Fight against Ebola

U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac held a media roundtable  with 30 Liberian journalists Tuesday to screen the video of President Barack Obama’s message to the people of West Africa about the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and to give them an overview of the  $19.6 million the United States has committed to fight the disease. In his …

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U.S. Government Airlifts More than 16 Tons of Medical Equipment to Liberia

On August 24, the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), airlifted more than 16 tons of medical equipment and emergency supplies to Liberia for the Ebola response.  The shipment included 10,000 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), two water treatment units and two …

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The U.S. Government Announces $5 Million More to Help Liberia in its Anti-Ebola Fight

CDC Director Dr. Frieden and team meet with Dr. Lyndon G. Mabande, Medical Director at the Firestone Hospital, Dr. Benedict Wolo, a physician at the hospital, and President/General Manager of the Firestone Rubber Plantation, Ed Garcia Dr. Frieden addresses journalists at a press conference Wednesday at the Ministry of Information. Seated behind him are Information …

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U.S. Medical Experts and Emergency Responders Arrive in Liberia

A high-level delegation of U.S. medical experts and emergency responders, led by Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden , is in Liberia to see firsthand the impact of the Ebola outbreak, to assess response activities, and to hear from government officials, international partners, and health care workers in West Africa to see …

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The United States Increases Its Assistance for Anti-Ebola Efforts in West Africa

The United States is stepping up its efforts to help contain the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and the other affected countries in West Africa by increasing the number of personnel, emergency supplies, and funding to the region. This week, the Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) —which is overseeing the overall U.S. Ebola response efforts—will …

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U.S. State Department Releases 2013 International Religious Freedom Report

The U. S. Department of State released its 2013 International Religious Freedom report on Liberia. The report says Liberia’s constitution, laws and policies protect religious freedom, and, in practice, the government generally respected religious freedom in the past year. There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice. …

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U.S. Embassy Monrovia Press Statement

(Monrovia, Thursday, July 24, 2014) — We are aware of reports that several Liberian government officials had their U.S. visas cancelled recently. Under U.S. law, we cannot comment on individual visa cases. That said, the partnership between the United States and Liberia remains strong. We have worked together through many difficult times. We are committed …

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Young Liberian leader, part of Obama initiative, studies at Wagner College in New York City

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., USA — For the last 5 weeks, Samuel Duo of Liberia has been part of a group of 25 young African leaders from 19 sub-Saharan countries who have been studying civic leadership/engagement and nonprofit organization management at Wagner College, in the New York City borough of Staten Island. The Wagner College cohort …

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U.S. Embassy Highlights Closed Bilateral Ties

Monrovia, July 11 – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac highlighted the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) Program and the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as examples of the countries’ close collaboration in remarks at a U.S. Independence Day reception (July 3). In addressing the audience of 750 government officials, …

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U.S. Government Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Support the Response to the Ebola Outbreak

Monrovia, Liberia—The U.S. Government has donated another supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the World Health Organization to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak which is affecting Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. The donation, including aprons, face masks, gowns, caps and cadaver bags, are in addition to a previous donation by the …

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Meet Liberia’s 15 Washington Fellows! Congratulations!!

The Washington Fellowship is the new flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  This program will bring over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, beginning this summer, for leadership training and mentoring, and will create unique opportunities in Africa to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic …

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USAID Mission Director Calls for an Increase in the Number of Trained Female Teachers

Zorzor, Lofa County – One hundred and fifty-six graduates were awarded pre-service “C” certificates, qualifying them to teach at the primary school level at a colorful ceremony witnessed by hundreds of people on the campus of the Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute (ZRTTI) on June 21. The graduates, mostly between the ages of 25 to 35 …

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Visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom Discusses Key Issues with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Members of her Cabinet

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her key advisors June 20 during a two-day official visit to Liberia. The advisors present at the meeting included Minister of Foreign Affairs Augustine Ngafuan, Minister of State and Chief of Staff Dr. Edward McClain, Minister …

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U.S. State Department Releases 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on Liberia

The U.S. Department of State has released its 2014 Trafficking in Person (TIP) report on Liberia and has praised Liberia for making substantial progress in combatting human trafficking although it says more work still needs to be done. The report says Government of Liberia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination …

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U.S. Ambassador Donates New Goat Quarantine Facility to Liberia

Gbarnga, Bong County — U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac has officially handed over a new goat quarantine facility to Liberia’s Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) outside Gbarnga, in Bong County. The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Food and Enterprise Development Program (FED), rehabilitated the former livestock facility so that it can …

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The U.S. Ambassador Urges Liberians to Get Involved in Agriculture to Guarantee the Country’s Future Food Security

Saniquellie, Nimba County —  U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac says the U.S. Government is making major investments to support Liberia’s agriculture sector and its agricultural education through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Food and Enterprise Development program, known as FED. In an address (April 2) to 400 school administrators, faculty and students at Nimba County …

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U.S. Ambassador Launches Farm-to-Market Road Network in Nimba County

Payee, Nimba County – U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac officially launched construction of a ‘feeder road’ from Bahn-Payee-Zuoplay, calling the groundbreaking ceremony the beginning of a major commitment by the U.S. Government to support farm-to-market road rehabilitation in Liberia. Alongside Ambassador Malac, Liberia’s Minister of Public Works, Antoinette Weeks, local officials and farmers all turned a …

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U.S. Ambassador Calls for Integrated Action to Manage Emergencies in Liberia

Monrovia, April 8 – U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac has urged participants at a high-level ministerial meeting to analyze how the Liberian government can work with other stakeholders to coordinate its response to a major disaster and to identify how to improve its ability to manage disasters effectively. In opening the meeting, U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac …

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U.S. and Liberian Governments Support Efforts of Young Farmers

(Buchanan, Grand Bassa County) — The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has reiterated its commitment to helping Liberia reduce poverty and achieve food security. Speaking at the close of a back-to-school garden competition for over 2,500 young farmers in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, USAID Deputy Mission Director Barbara Dickson …

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USAID Mission Director: Civil Society and Media are Key Stakeholders in Nation-Building

(Gbarnga, Liberia) — The Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Liberia (USAID), John Mark Winfield, says civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media are important actors in the process of nation-building. In a keynote address at a Social Enterprise Development Business Plan Competition in Gbarnga, Bong County, the USAID Director acknowledged …

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U.S. Ambassador Applauds Returned Education Scholars

On Saturday, January 18, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac praised 19 Liberians for their hard work earning education-related master’s degrees urged them to use their skills, knowledge and abilities to further develop Liberia’s education sector.  Her comments were delivered at the welcome back ceremony for those graduates who received scholarships from the U.S. Agency …

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U.S. Government Donates US$2.2 Million in Equipment and Facilities to the Liberian Coast Guard

(Monrovia, February 4, 2014) —The U.S. Government has donated US$2.2 million in equipment and facilities, including two pursuit boats, to the Liberian Coast Guard to enable it to better patrol and protect Liberia’s coastal waters. In addition to the 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement (SPC-LE) pursuit boats, the donation includes two Ford F-350 trucks, two …

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U.S. and Liberian Officials Begin Construction of a New Water Pipeline for Robertsport

(Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount) — U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac and USAID’s Global Water Coordinator, Chris Holmes, along with officials from the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), joined local residents at a ground-breaking ceremony for a new pipeline that will bring clean drinking water to densely-populated areas of Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County. At the …

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USAID Annnounces $5 Million in Additional Assistance for West Africa Ebola Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $5 million to help combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The announcement brings USAID’s commitment for the Ebola response to nearly $19.6 million since the outbreak was first reported in March 2014. Jeremy Konyndyk, Director of USAID’s Office of U.S. …

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The U.S. Government Supports Liberian Voter Registration Drive

The Acting Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Liberia, Barbara Dickerson, says the Voter Registration Update is critical for Liberians to continue to exercise their right to vote. In remarks at the launch of the Civic and Voters Roll update, Acting Director Dickerson said there are an estimated 400,000 Liberians who …

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