Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 6, 2013


Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will host the inaugural session of the U.S.-Liberia Partnership Dialogue, Tuesday, May 7. She will be joined by a high-level Liberian delegation including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Finance, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Commerce and Industry. The delegation will be in Washington to promote diplomatic and economic cooperation between the United States and Liberia.

The event will be held at the United States Institute for Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington. The Opening Event, Joint Statement Signing Ceremony and Public Event are open to credentialed members of the media. Pre-registration is requested by May 6. Details as follows:

9:00-9:30am. Opening Event: Speakers include Under Secretary Wendy Sherman, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Agustine Ngafuan and USIP President, Jim Marshall. Open for print press. Register with Hollyn Green Greenhj@state.gov.

2:45-3:15pm. Joint Statement Signing Ceremony: Speakers include Acting Assistant Secretary Don Yamamoto and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Agustine Ngafuan. There will be opportunity for press Q & A from 3:00-3:15pm. Open for press. Register with Hollyn Green Greenhj@state.gov. Camera pre-set time 2:00pm.

4:00-5:30pm. Public Event: “Partnering for a Shared Vision of Liberia’s Economic Future”. Speakers include Minister of Foreign Affairs Agustine Ngafuan; Minister of Finance Amara Konneh; Minister of Agriculture Florence Chenoweth; Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel Addy; Bridge Institute President Vivian Derryck and Deputy Assistant Secretary of African Affairs Cynthia Akuetteh. There will be opportunity for Q & A from the audience and via social media. Open for press. Register at http://liberiaseconomicfuture.eventbrite.com/. Camera arrival time 3:30.

Journalists with equipment should arrive at the vendor entrance off 23rd street. Other media arrive at Main Entrance on 23rd street. Parking is not available at USIP. The Opening Remarks and Public Event will be available at www.usip.org/webcast.



PRN: 2013/0526