Liberia General Structure

11,370 km2 GEOGRAPHICAL STRUCTURE

Liberia is situated in West Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean to the country's southwest. It lies between latitudes 4° and 9°N, and longitudes 7° and 12°W. The landscape is characterized by mostly flat to rolling coastal plains that contain mangroves and swamps, which rise to a rolling plateau and low mountains in the northeast.[44] Tropical rainforests cover the hills, while elephant grass and semi-deciduous forests make up the dominant vegetation in the northern sections.[44] The equatorial climate is hot year-round with heavy rainfall from May to October with a short interlude in mid-July to August.[44] During the winter months of November to March, dry dust-laden harmattan winds blow inland, causing many problems for residents. Liberia's watershed tends to move in a southwestern pattern towards the sea as new rains move down the forested plateau off the inland mountain range of Guinée Forestière, in Guinea. Cape Mount near the border with Sierra Leone receives the most precipitation in the nation.[44] Liberia's main northwestern boundary is traversed by the Mano River while its southeast limits are bounded by the Cavalla River.[44] Liberia's three largest rivers are St. Paul exiting near Monrovia, the river St. John at Buchanan and the Cestos River, all of which flow into the Atlantic. The Cavalla is the longest river in the nation at 515 kilometers (320 mi).[44] The highest point wholly within Liberia is Mount Wuteve at 1,440 meters (4,724 ft) above sea level in the northwestern Liberia range of the West Africa Mountains and the Guinea Highlands. However, Mount Nimba near Yekepa, is higher at 1,752 meters (5,748 ft) above sea level but is not wholly within Liberia as Nimba shares a border with Guinea and Ivory Coast and is their tallest mountain as well

1966 Culture

The religious practices, social customs and cultural standards of the Americo-Liberians had their roots in the antebellum American South. The settlers wore top hat and tails and modeled their homes on those of Southern slaveowners. Most Americo-Liberian men were members of the Masonic Order of Liberia, which became heavily involved in the nation's politics. Liberia has a long, rich history in textile arts and quilting, as the settlers brought with them their sewing and quilting skills. Liberia hosted National Fairs in 1857 and 1858 in which prizes were awarded for various needle arts. One of the most well- known Liberian quilters was Martha Ann Ricks, who presented a quilt featuring the famed Liberian coffee tree to Queen Victoria in 1892. A rich literary tradition has existed in Liberia for over a century. Edward Wilmot Blyden, Bai T. Moore, Roland T. Dempster and Wilton G. S. Sankawulo are among Liberia's more prominent authors Moore's novella Murder in the Cassava Patch is considered Liberia's most celebrated novel.

1847 Government

On July 26, 1847, the settlers issued a Declaration of Independence and promulgated a constitution. Based on the political principles denoted in the United States Constitution, it established the independent Republic of Liberia The leadership of the new nation consisted largely of the Americo-Liberians, who initially established political and economic dominance in the coastal areas that had been purchased by the ACS; they maintained relations with United States contacts in developing these areas and the resulting trade. Their passage of the 1865 Ports of Entry Act prohibited foreign commerce with the inland tribes, ostensibly to "encourage the growth of civilized values" before such trade was allowed By 1877, the Americo-Liberian True Whig Party was the most powerful political power in the country. It was made up primarily of people from the Americo-Liberian ethnic group, who maintained social, economic and political dominance well into the 20th century, repeating patterns of European colonists in other nations in Africa. Competition for office was usually contained within the party; a party nomination virtually ensured election. Pressure from the United Kingdom, which controlled Sierra Leone to the west, and France with its interests in the north and east led to a loss of Liberia's claims to extensive territories. Both Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast annexed some territories. Liberia struggled to attract investment in order to develop infrastructure and a larger, industrial economy. There was a decline in production of Liberian goods in the late 19th century, and the government struggled financially, resulting in indebtedness on a series of international loans.

International Relations Foreign Relations

President with John Kerry and British PM David Cameron in September 2015 George Manneh Weah Further information: Foreign relations of Liberia After the turmoil following the First and Second Liberian Civil Wars, Liberia's internal stabilization in the 21st century brought a return to cordial relations with neighboring countries and much of the Western world. In the past, both of Liberia's neighbors, Guinea and Sierra Leone, have accused Liberia of backing rebels inside their countries.

1821 Liberia

When asked what they think about the country, anyone who has lived, visited or worked in Liberia will always use one or combination of these descriptions: Africa’s oldest republic; fun loving and hospitable; naturally beautiful and scenic; natural-resource rich; determined and resilient people; and a pillar of strength during Africa’s formative years. That’s our Liberia, and the Liberia that we are welcoming you to explore as an investor. Liberian art and culture expressed in beautiful ornate sculptures depicyting faces, people and everyday living are inspired by ancient history that predates what is modern Liberia today. Rural life is at the core of artists renderings and a showcase of hundreds of years of the country’s indigenous history. In 1821, freed slaves and freeborn black Americans arrived on providence island, declaring it home. With 16 languages spoken across 15 counties. Africa’s oldest republic debuted on the scene in 1847 as its first independent nation. Since then the country has enjoyed many ‘firsts’ on the continent. This African American heritage is intricately woven into our indigenous and proud history. The music, the dancing and the laughter are all part of our rich heritage. Liberia was a pillar of strength between the 50’s and 70’s when many African countries were moving away from colonialism toward independence. The county became a beacon of hope during these formative years as many African leaders sought the advice of Liberian leaders in the establishment of their countries. In July 1959, a meeting among Liberia, Guinea and Ghana was held is Sanniquellie, Liberia, laying the foundation of what is today the African Union, originally termed the community of Independent African states. In the 602s and 70’s Liberia experienced an economic growth rate second only Japan, brought on by President Tubman’s ‘’Open door Policy’’. The open arms that so many experienced them are still extended today to all that enter Liberia’s shores.

Consular HONORARY CONSULATES

A Message from Honorable Selahattin Yilmaz. Welcome to Honoree Counsel of Liberia, Istanbul, Turkey. ‘’ Liberia presents one of the best opportunities for investments in Africa today ‘’ ‘’ Your investments will be welcomed and protected, with assurance of a win-win as well as result oriented solution for all ‘’ I have the privilege to present to you the first edition of Push For Liberia program, published by the honoree counsel of Liberia in Istanbul, Turkey. For investors interested in Liberia, Push for Liberia presents ample information on what you need to know, to get started. Liberia provides one of the best opportunities for investments in Africa today. The country is laying all the necessary groundwork in terms of its corporate tax regime, ease of setting up a business and the repatriation of capital to attract investors. Apart from local incentives, the country is a springboard into the sub-regional Mano River union market (40 million population) and the regional ECOWAS market ( over 335 million people ). A virgin territory with vast unexploited sectors make up an eager, easy train and affordable workforce. Liberia’s development corridors present investment prospects in infrastructure development, agriculture, mining and tourism among others, that are un-paralleled in the region. Liberia climate is favorable to farming. Vast forests and an abundance of water provide a basis for increased agricultural development in Liberia value chain products: aquaculture, marine, fisheries, horticulture, oil palm, cocoa, rubber, cassava, and much more. Manufacturing and processing of our own produce present vast opportunities for investors. The current high imports provide proof for the viability of the markets. Agriculture is a major sector of Liberia’s economy, worth 38.8% of GDP and employment 67% of the population, providing a valuable export. Excluding other food supply, Liberia spends upward US$80 million annually importing its key staple food, rice. Liberia wants to reserve this trend, as the country is endowed with vast stretches of swamps and other fertile lands to grow rice and most of what Liberia consume. A knowledgeable farming workforce is available, and investments in technology, specifically mechanized farming, will maximize outputs. While aforementioned synopsis gives just a glimpse of the tip of the iceberg of what Liberia has to offer, getting these goods and services to market also presents another avenue of investment for the potential investor. Liberia has about 10.600 km of roads, 2 airports, and 27 airstrips, however, only 657 km of these roads are paved, and many of the airstrips require rehabilitation. These circumstances provide ample opportunities in infrastructural development. As the institution mandated with promoting, securing and protecting the interests of investors, the honoree counsel of Liberia in Istanbul encourages you to invest in Liberia, where your investments will be welcomed and protected, with assurance of a win-win solution for all. I personally am confident, your investment will grow and succeeded. As our motto says “It always seems impossible until it’s done,” Stay Blessed. Best Regards H.E. Selahattin YILMAZ Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia Istanbul, Turkey.

Chart General Information

RESMİ ADI

Liberya Cumhuriyeti

BAŞKENTİ

Monroviya

BAĞIMSIZLIK TARİHİ

26 Temmuz 1847

YÖNETİM BİÇİMİ

Cumhuriyet, Başkanlık Sistemi

DEVLET BAŞKANI    

George Weah

BAŞKAN YARDIMCISI

Jewel Howard-Taylor

RESMİ DİL

İngilizce (resmi), 20 değişik etnik dil

DİN  

Animizm (%43,4), Hristiyan (%40), Müslüman (%16,6)

YÜZÖLÇÜMÜ   

111,370 km2

NÜFUS

4,7 milyon

YAŞ ORTALAMASI/ ORTALAMA ÖMÜR

17.9/58.21

ETNİK YAPI

% 20,3 Kpelle, % 13,4 Bassa, % 10 Grebo, % 8 Gio, % 7,9 Mano, % 6 Kru, % 5,1 Lorma, % 4,8, Kissi,% 4,4 Gola, % 20.1 diğer

(2008 Nüfus Sayımı)

ÜLKEDEKİ TÜRK NÜFUSU

-

ÜYESİ OLDUĞU BAŞLICA ULUSLARARASI KURULUŞLAR

AfDB, AfB, ECOWAS, BM, DTÖ (gözlemci)

LİBERYA’DAKİ TEMSİLCİLERİMİZ

Büyükelçi: Esra Demir

Liberya’ya Türkiye’nin Abidjan Büyükelçiliği akreditedir.

Liberya’da Ticaret Müşavirliğimiz bulunmamaktadır.

LİBERYA’NIN ÜLKEMİZDEKİ TEMSİLCİLERİ

Liberya’nın ülkemizde Büyükelçiliği bulunmamaktadır.

KEK EŞBAŞKANLARI

KEK Mekanizması henüz kurulmamıştır.

İŞ KONSEYİ EŞBAŞKANLARI

İş Konseyi kurulmamıştır.

4,700,000

Populated People