ADDY, Axel M.

Minister Axel M. Addy
Minister Axel M. Addy
Photo Credit: MoCI

 

Honorable Axel Marcel Addy has served as Minister of Commerce and Industry under Her Excellency, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf since April 2013. During his tenure as Minister of Commerce, Mr. Addy has redirected the Ministry’s core function to focus on: investment diversification beyond extractive industries to include investment in agriculture and tourism; empowering small and medium enterprises to formalize and improve their access to market, finance and capacity development opportunities; industrial promotion in agriculture for food security with emphasis in agro processing and value addition; and integration in the world economy through regional and multilateral trading systems.

In his current capacity, Mr. Addy serves on the following:

 

  • Commissioner on the National Investment Commission (NIC);
  • Statutory Member of the President’s Economic Management Team (EMT);
  • Statutory Member of the Board of Directors of the National Port Authority (NPA);
  • Statutory Member of the Board of Directors of the newly established Liberia  Revenue Authority (LRA);
  • Statutory Representative of Liberia to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO);
  • Chief Negotiator for Liberia accession process to the World Trade Organization (WTO);
  • Statutory Representative of Liberia to the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL);
  • Statutory Representative of Liberia to the United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO);
  • Statutory Representative of Liberia to the International Standards Organization (ISO);
  • Chair of the Liberia Better Business Forum (LBBF);
  • Honorary Chair, Liberia Chamber of Commerce;
  • Chair of Trade Policy Steering Committee;
  • Chair of the Trade Facilitation Steering Committee;
  • Chair of the Liberia Business Registration Inter-ministerial Steering Committee;
  • Statutory Member of the Industrial Property Board;
  • Statutory Member of the Copyright Board.

Mr. Addy was first appointed to serve in Her Excellency, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Government in May 2012, as Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. He was later appointed Deputy Minister for Commerce and Industry in August 2012.  Prior to joining government, Mr. Addy was Country Representative for Populations Services International, a leading social marketing health organization, where he served as the founder of the Liberia platform managing a multi-million dollar portfolio. He served in that capacity for four years.

Since acceding to the position of Minister, Mr. Addy commenced his rebranding agenda by redirecting and developing several initiatives that has led to: the restructuring of the Ministry; the installation of automated systems, the initiation of reforms in the inspectorate; the ongoing reforms of the procedures of import and export of commodities; the launch of the annual SME Conference and the launch of the Liberia Innovation Fund for Entrepreneurs to provide alternative financing to SMEs; the international entrepreneurial exchange summit; the creation of the Special Projects Implementation Unit to facilitate donor projects’ implementation; the development of the Trade Policy, Export Strategy, WTO Accession Strategy, the Ministry’s Three Years Strategic Plan, the Weld Liberia Program, the Rural Industrial Promotion for Economic Empowerment Program (RIPE); facilitated several missions to include private sector to Indonesia, India, Japan, China, US, and Europe.

Mr. Addy holds a Masters of Arts in African Studies with emphasis in International Development from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a BA in Political Science with emphasis in Public Law from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

Mr. Addy is a member of the Rotary Club of Monrovia and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is married to Mrs. Fatu Addy.

  1. Keynote address by Hon. Axel M. Addy, Commerce Minister on International Custom Day caption: "Data Analysis for Effective Border Management"
    27th January 2017 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  2. Opening remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy, Commerce Minister to Intellectual Property Conference on Innovationon
    8th December 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  3. Introductory remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy, Minister of Commerce at the 2016 SBA National MSME Conference caption: "Keeping the Promise, Buy Liberian, Build Liberia"
    15th November 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  4. Welcome remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy, Minister of Commerce at the 8th Trade Ministers's Forum caption; 'Opportunities for Development Through Regional Trade Intergration"
    4th November 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  5. Remarks By Hon. Axel M. Addy Min of Commerce and Chair of the West African Monetery Zone (WAMZ) 8th Trade Ministers' Forum Caption "Opportunities for Development Through Regional Trade Integration"
    2nd November 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  6. Remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy at the World Intellectual Property Organization 56th Series of Assemblies of Member States caption:"Country Report on the Intellectual Property System"
    6th October 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  7. Remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy At The Opening Plenary At The AGOA Forum caption;"Taking Stock Of Where We Are And Looking Forward"
    26th September 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  8. Remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy At UNCTAD Conference " Looking Beyond Emergencies: Ensuring Job Creation in Migrant Sourcing Transiting Countries"
    20th July 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  9. Remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy On WTO Post Accesion caption "Maximizing The Benefits Of WTO Membership"
    19th July 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  10. Opening Statement by Hon. Axel M. Addy at the Forum on Investment Opportunities in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) held in Antalya, Turkey, May 26, 2016
    26th May 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  11. Remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy at the Second Consultative Workshop On Tourism In Liberia
    21st April 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  12. Sepcial remarks delivered by Hon. Axel M. Addy caption "Celebration Of A Life" In Memory Of Honorable Cyril A. Allen, II
    21st April 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  13. Remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy at the SIDA Training Programme caption: "Private Sector Development Program:Strategic Business Management and Private Sector Growth Strategies"
    9th February 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  14. Remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy at the 30th Aniversary of Aminata & Sons caption "Celebrating Liberians Successes in Business"
    3rd February 2016 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  15. Remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy at the WTO Puiblic Forum caption "Role Of Trade In Ending Poverty"
    8th December 2015 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  16. Introductory remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy during the 2015 MSME Conference caption "Keeping The Promise, Buy Liberian, Build Liberia"
    8th December 2015 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  17. Special remarks delivered by Hon. Axel M. Addy "Women In Business, The Engines Of Liberia's Transformation"
    8th December 2015 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  18. Remarks under caption "Road To Nairobi" by Hon. Axel M. Addy during Liberia's Final Working Party Meeting for accesation to the WTO
    7th October 2015 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  19. Remarks by Honorable Axel M. Addy at the General Council Meeting on Liberiaís accession to the World Trade Organization.
    12th August 2015 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  20. Remarks by Hon. Axel M. Addy at the European Development Days/2015. Brussels, Belgium
    17th June 2015 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  21. Binding Constraints & Counter Mechanisms; Regional Integration & Ascension to WTO; Industrialization; Agriculture & Agro-Industry: Keynote Address at the Liberia Chamber of Commerce Business Forum.
    17th June 2015 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  22. Liberia's Road To World Trade Organization Accession Second Working Party Meeting
    13th May 2015 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  23. Country Report On The Intellectual Property System Of The Republic Of Liberia
    24th September 2014 | Size: | File Type: pdf
  24. Responding to Impact on Trade Due to Ebola National State of Emergency
    19th September 2014 | Size: | File Type: pdf