Industry Fair Held for Dutch Trade Delegation Today

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Sustainable Marketplace Initiative Liberia (SMI-L) in conjunction with the National Investment Commission (NIC) and SPARK will today, July 6, host an industry fair for the visiting Dutch trade delegation, comprising 41 businesses from the Netherlands.The delegation, led by Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, is visiting Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus disease and striving to recover from huge economic losses.According to statement released by the delegation, the Dutch companies are interested in partnerships with local Liberian firms, in the areas of Agriculture, health care, automotive, among others.The goal of the visit is to promote trade between the Netherlands and Ebola affected countries and allow Liberian businesses have the opportunity to network with companies in the Netherlands providing information (IT), logistics, shipping, port maintenance and pharmaceutical services and products.The visit is the second Dutch business delegation to visit Liberia. The first was in 2012, during which the delegation evaluated opportunities for investment in the agricultural sector.SMI-L is sponsoring the Dutch trade fair as part of its business linkages service, which assists international buyers in identifying cost-competitive and high-quality domestic products and services. To date, SMI-L has facilitated over $3 million worth of contracts through this service. SMI-L is implemented by Building Markets, a non-profit social enterprise that works to create jobs and sustain peace in developing countries by championing local entrepreneurs and connecting them to new business opportunities.The USAID Sustainable Marketplace Initiative Liberia (SMI-L) creates jobs and sustains peace by working across sectors with both large and small companies to support local businesses, build and strengthen local supply chains, and ensure monies spent in Liberia stay in Liberia.Since its inception in March 2012, USAID SMI-L has supported more than 153 local businesses in winning contracts worth $50 million and enabled businesses to create over 1,500 full-time jobs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weather rains on Rebels’ parade

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Despite inclement weather in Southern California the first month of the season, Quartz Hill High’s boys’ tennis team had completed all its scheduled weekday matches and was forced to postpone only its annual tournament, which was snowed out last month. The Rebels’ luck ran out Tuesday when their match against Knight was rained out, interrupting their bid for a 155th consecutive Golden League victory. “Coming off spring break, where we didn’t work out a lot, it would’ve been nice to hit the ground running,” said Rebels coach Bill Lenaway, whose team hasn’t played since March 23 against Highland. “Of all the weeks to get washed out, this week is not an ideal one.” Quartz Hill (7-2 overall, 3-0 Golden) was scheduled, weather permitting, to play a nonleague match Wednesday at Valencia, then return to league competition today against Palmdale and Friday in the makeup match against Knight. Lenaway believed a match against Valencia, a Southern Section Div. II team, would provide a good indication of where his team, which reached the second round of the Div. III playoffs last season, was near the midway point of the season. “It’s not something we have to reschedule, but we really want to play Valencia because they’re a quality team,” Lenaway said. “I don’t really know what they have coming back, but as a rule, they beat us. But that’s not exactly a bad thing. Right now, we need that. We need to play a high-quality match.” Misleading mismatch: Lenaway believes Lancaster, which lost 15-3 to the Rebels, is in shape to finish second in the Golden League again this season. “It looks like we beat them pretty bad, but there were a lot of close sets,” Lenaway said. “Antelope Valley (which finished third in 2005) lost a lot last year because they had such a strong senior class, so they’re definitely in a rebuilding mode. We haven’t played everybody yet, so I don’t want to disrespect the teams I haven’t seen, but Lancaster is solid.” Pray for sun: Lenaway is confident his team will be complete its remaining nine league matches in the next month, even if it means playing three contests in a week. “Hopefully, we can get into more of a rhythm after this week,” Lenaway said. “We have no more out-of-league matches, so hopefully we can get on track.” The primary concern is Quartz Hill’s tournament, which was rescheduled for April 15. “Hopefully, we can’t lose out twice,” said Lenaway, who has confirmed Alemany of Mission Hills, Burroughs of Ridgecrest, Moorpark, Antelope Valley, Knight and Palmdale for the event. “In the future, I’ll definitely plan a rain day. That way, if the first day is canceled, coaches can tell their players, this is when we’re going to play. It’ll be more fine-tuned from now on.” (818) 713-3607last_img read more