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

North too much for Lawndale

first_imgPIONEER LEAGUE: Cryer rushes for 194 yards, two TDs. Denker passes for two scores. By Kent Johnson CORRESPONDENT North Torrance continued its strong Pioneer League play, defeating visiting Lawndale, 38-26. Lawndale (4-3, 0-2) was led by running back Kelvin Rutledge, who had two scintillating touchdown runs of 52 and 35 yards. Rutledge’s outside running was complemented by the inside running of Trayveon Thomas and Carlton Callaway, who rushed for 67 and 58 yards, respectively.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After dropping four of five nonleague games against Daily Breeze Top-10 teams, North has won three of its last four games and is tied atop the Pioneer League. North (3-4, 2-0) had an effective attack with 269 yards rushing and 156 yards passing. Running back, Kyle Cryer, led the ground game with 194 yards The score was tied, 26-26, with 8:09 left in the game when North Torrance executed a 62-yard scoring drive capped by Michael Capo’s 5-yard touchdown run. Lawndale got the ball with 3:03 remaining and drove to the North 44-yard line. But with 1:55 remaining, Lawndale fumbled the ball and North defensive end C.J. Harrington scooped it up and ran 55 yards for a score to seal the win. and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Quarterback B.J. Denker completed 10 of 18 passes for 156 yards and two TDs. “We didn’t come out like we wanted; we expected to score every series and stop them on defense,” Cryer said. “But we stepped up and made some good plays. In the end, the defensive stops were key.” last_img read more