Liberia Trade Policy and Customs Project

Launched in June 2011, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Liberia Trade Policy and Customs Project (LTPC) is a partnership between USAID, the Government of Liberia and Deloitte Consulting focused on increasing Liberia’s performance on key trade indicators through improved trade and customs laws and policies. While the project work has extended beyond the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), particularly to the Bureau of Customs and Excise at the Ministry of Finance, several key activities and initiatives were driven through MOCI including:

 

  • WTO Accession – brought Liberia to its first Working Party Meeting at the World Trade Organization on July 11, 2012 and assisted in preparing a full set of answers to WTO members’ questions and drafting other accession-related documentation;
  • Intellectual Property (IP) – assisted with the drafting of the new IP law and its implementation through the establishment of the National IP office;
  • Consumer Protection – produced a concept paper for the expansion/set-up of a Consumer Protection Unit;
  • Price Analysis and Marketing – developed a new activity plan for the operation of the Price Analysis and Marketing Division, aimed at moving the Division away from price mark-up and toward a competition monitoring system, and drove the design of an Essential Commodities Index;
  • Business Registration – worked with the Liberia Business Registry  to streamline the business registration process and reduce the number of days taken to register a business; and
  • Trade Facilitation— championed the formation of a National Trade Facilitation Forum, conducted an in-depth non-tariff barriers study, and drove a reduction in the requirement for Import Permit Declarations and Export Permit Declarations


Additionally, the LTPC Project undertook several cross-cutting initiatives aimed at strengthening institutional capacity and improving infrastructure within MOCI. This includes:

 

  • Management – conducted assessment of management capacities to identify key skills development needs and facilitated two Senior Leadership retreats on strategic planning;
  • Human Resources – reformed structure and function of the Human Resources office and implemented a Human Resource Information System for the tracking and reporting of personnel data; and
  • Training – established a training unit within the Human Resource Department, trained MOCI staff as trainers, and engaged trained staff in the design, development, delivery, and management of an Induction Program for all staff