The Bureau of Trade Services: Office of the Deputy Minister for Commerce

The Bureau of Trade Services is comprised of the Division of Trade and Division of Price Analysis and Marketing, the Consumer Education and Protection Unit, and the WTO Unit. The Ministry has put in place a one-stop shop for business registration, the Liberia Business Registry (LBR). The LBR brings together the Liberia Revenue Authority, National Social Security & Welfare Corporation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Central Bank of Liberia. The Bureau of Trade Services works closely with the Single Project Implementation of the Unit (SPIU).

 

The Bureau is responsible to do the following:

 

  • Provide oversight for bilateral, regional and multilateral trade
  • Establish and regulate commodity trade
  • Collect, evaluate and publish data pertaining to commerce
  • Regulate prices and monitor essential commodities such as rice, petroleum products, flour and cement
  • Facilitate trade and improve trade facilitation through the reduction of non-tariff barriers (NTBs)
  • Coordinate with the Intellectual Property Offices (Copyrights and Industrial Property) to ensure that rights holders’ economic rights are respected within the commerce of Liberia
  • Facilitate intellectual property rights in terms of trademarks

 

As part of its mandate to facilitate trade and increase the formalization of businesses, the Bureau of Commerce and Trade coordinates the inputs for the Ministry’s contribution to the Millennium Challenge Program in terms of Business Start-Up, Trade Policy and Regulatory Quality as well as other indicators under the World Bank “Doing Business Indicators”. The Bureau, through the Division of Price Analysis and Marketing, is responsible to assist in the coordination of monetization programs, such as the Japanese monetization and USAID monetization programs.

 

As the focal point for trade facilitation, the Bureau works with the relevant inspection company, regional trading partners and coordinates all trade inputs for ECOWAS, the African Caribbean Pacific Group of States and other multilateral trading system.

 

The Deputy Minister for Commerce and Trade Services (DMC) provides oversight for the Bureau of Commerce and Trade. The DMC is supported by an Assistant Minister who works along with the directors The bureau activities are coordinated through a quarterly workplan, which is approved by the Senior Management Team of the Ministry.

 

The Deputy Minister for Commerce and Trade Services is a Presidential appointee, who is confirmed by the Liberian Senate and performs his/her duties at the will and pleasure of the President of the Republic of Liberia. The President is the appointing authority.

 

Stephen Towain Marvie, Jr.

Deputy Minister for Commerce & Trade Services

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Corner of Ashmun & Gurley Streets

P.O. Box 9041

Monrovia, Liberia

 

Mobile: +231 886 548 320/+231 776 958 985

Email: smarvie@moci.gov.lr