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Ambassador Marantis Concludes Visit to Ghana, Travels to Liberia

After arriving in Monrovia, Liberia this afternoon, Ambassador Marantis had the honor of meeting Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Liberia’s Commerce and Foreign Ministers joined Johnson Sirleaf and Ambassador Marantis for a frank discussion of our bilateral trade and investment relationship. President Sirleaf and Ambassador Marantis talked about ways Liberian entrepreneurs could export valued-added products to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, opportunities for technical assistance through the USAID-funded West Africa Trade Hub, and Liberia’s interest in attracting U.S. investment. President Sirleaf expressed a strong commitment to growing trade and investment ties with the United States and resolving concerns as they arise.

Before his departure from Accra, Ghana, Ambassador Marantis met early this morning with Ghana’s Vice President John Dramani Mahama. The two discussed how the United States and Ghana will bring to bear trade and investment policy under the newly launched Partnerships for Growth initiative, including the possibility of launching Bilateral Investment Treaty negotiations.

Ambassador Marantis will meet with American investor and business leaders in Monrovia, Liberia tomorrow.