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India-Liberia Relations

 

 

Embassy of India

Abidjan

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India-Liberia Relations

 

India-Liberia relations, going back over six decades, are warm and friendly. Liberia has concurrent accreditation of Ambassador of India to Cote d’Ivoire with residence in Abidjan. Liberia too does not have a resident Mission in New Delhi.

 

2.       President of Liberia, H.E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize 2012 for Peace, Disarmament and Development by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. President Sirleaf became the first Head of State from Liberia to visit India on a State Visit in September 2013. The only earlier visit was by President Samuel K Doe to attend the NAM Summit in Delhi in 1983. She held delegation level talks with the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

 

3.       Four Agreements / MOUs were signed during the visit of President Sirleaf. These include the establishment of Joint Commission between the Foreign Ministries of two countries; cooperation between the Foreign Service Institutes; MOU to establish a cooperative institutional framework to facilitate and to enhance bilateral cooperation in the oil and gas sector, on the basis of equality and mutual benefit; and Line of Credit of US$ 144 million for transmission and distribution project. President Sirleaf made a categorical statement on Liberia’s support to India’s candidature for a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council.

 

4.       India’s contribution of two contingents, both 125-member strong, has been well appreciated by Liberia. The Female Formed Police Unit (FFPU) of the CRPF to the United Nations Mission in Liberia since 2007, represents the first-ever women contingent in the history of UN peacekeeping. This contingent has not only generated enormous goodwill but has also been a source of inspiration for Liberian women.

 

Important Visits from India to Liberia

 

5.       The then MOS (External Affairs) Dr. Shashi Tharoor visited Liberia from 16-19 September 2009, accompanied by a CII business delegation. It was the first visit by an Indian Foreign Minister since Sardar Swaran Singh’s visit to the country 38 years ago. President Sirleaf characterized the visit of Dr. Tharoor as “a landmark visit” which was closely followed by another official visit by Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Shri Valayar Ravi in February 2010.

 

Important Visits from Liberia to India

 

6.       Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai led the Liberian delegation, including Minister for Public Works, to the 9th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave held in New Delhi from 17-19 March 2013. This was the first visit to India by a Vice President of Liberia. Earlier, Liberian Commerce Minister Ms. Miata Beysolow participated in the 8th CIIEXIM Bank Conclave and the 2nd India-Africa Trade Ministers’ Conference in March 2012. Dr. Richard Tolbert, Chairman of the National Investment Commission of Liberia, and Dr. Frederick Norkey, Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry attended the 5th CII-EXIM Bank conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership in Delhi in March 2009. Mr. Robert Sirleaf, President’s Adviser and son, visited India in 2011 under the ICCR’s Distinguished Visitor’s Program.

 

India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS)

 

7.       PAN African e-network project has been completed and is operational. Under IAFS I and II, India has committed to set up an Information Technology Centre, a Farm Science Centre and a training centre for women in the Solar Energy sector. India has also offered to set up an additional Vocational Training Centre (NSIC) in Liberia.

 

Capacity Building and Human Resource Development

 

8.       India has been contributing towards human resource development, capacity building and skills up-gradation of Liberians. India has provided 30 training slots to Liberia under the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme in the current year 2015-16. Additionally, ICCR has granted 6 fully paid scholarships in 2015-16 for post graduate studies. Liberians have also been benefiting from other capacity building trainings in India under the decisions of IAFS as well as under the US-Liberia-India trilateral cooperation programme.

 

Indian Community

 

9.       There are about 3000 Indian nationals residing in Liberia. The Indian community was mainly engaged in trading and providing services but now it is manufacturing ventures too. It is well respected by Liberia due to their substantial contribution to the Liberian economy. There is a Sikh Gurudwara, a Hindu Temple and also a cremation ground in Liberia.

 

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