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Liberia: US trade delegation on wine promotion tour

Published date:
Thursday, 06 September 2012

The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia has announced that a trade mission from the United States has in the country on Thursday.

According to the Embassy, the trip to Liberia was made possible by the U.S. Commercial Service office based in Oakland, California.

Prior to their trip to Liberia, the In Vino Veritas California Wine Trade Development Mission traveled to other African countries including Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya.

While in Liberia, the trade delegation will meet U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Liberia, Ambassador Michael R. Arietti at a resort outside Monrovia.

The Embassy said representatives of In Vino Veritas California and its partner vineyards will offer a sampling of their unique wine selection and will share information on new trends and insights on food pairing, wine storage and wine selection.

Leading the California wine promotion tour are Lino N'shimba and Cynthia Karp, the Embassy said.

Representing the portfolio of wineries are Kevin Brown and Barbara Brown of R&B Cellars and Jerald O'Brien of Silver Mountain Vineyards.

Rod Hirsch of the U.S. Commercial Service in Oakland, California is accompanying the group.

Embassy said promoting trade and investment opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa is part of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's vision of placing economics at the heart of U.S. foreign policy in support of President Barack Obama's National Export Initiative.

According to the Embassy, some of the highlights this year include a 10-company trade delegation which accompanied Secretary Clinton to South Africa in August and a trade delegation to five sub-Saharan African countries, which was led by Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson in February.

The Embassy also said in June, the State Department organized a business outreach conference in Cincinnati that attracted over 500 participants.

The U.S. Embassy said it assists American businesses and potential investors by providing them with information and assessments on the business climate in Liberia and by maintaining close contacts with the Liberian government and the local business community, including the Liberia Business Association and Chamber of Commerce.

The Embassy's Economic Section serves as the focal point for promoting the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) and for coordinating AGOA trade-related activities with the public and private sectors.

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