When asked what they think about the country, anyone who has lived, visited or worked in Liberia will always use one or a combination of these descriptions: Africa’s oldest republic; fun loving and hospitable; naturally beautiful and scenic; naturalresource rich; determined and resilient people; and a pillar of strength during Africa’s formative years. This is our Liberia, and the Liberia that we are welcoming you to explore as an investor. Liberian art and culture, expressed in beautiful ornate sculptures depicting 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 50s and 70s when many African countries were moving away from colonialism toward independence. The country 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 in Sanniquellie, Liberia, laying the foundation of what is today the African Union, originally termed the Community of Independent African States. In the 60s and 70s Liberia experienced an economic growth rate second only to Japan, brought on by President Tubman’s “Open Door Policy.” The open arms that so many experienced then are still extended today to all that enter Liberia’s shores.