Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young led a U.S. Trade Mission to seven African countries?
Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young led a U.S. Trade Mission to seven African countries on Wednesday (5 September). The mission is expected to be the final one in his controversial career with the Carter administration. Mr. Young has underscored the need to foster maximum trade relations between African nations and the United States. His first stop on the tour was Liberia.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Young arrived at Roberts International Airport in Monrovia, accompanied by his wife and young son. He is heading a forty-four man business and non-business delegation which will tour seven African nations in seventeen days. Mr. Young said the mission was aimed at breaking down misconceptions and misunderstanding of the way in which U.S. business was conducted. He stressed the need for better relationships with African governments and finding a common ground for co-operative partnerships.
The former ambassador and his family were met by Liberian Acting Foreign Minister T. Siafa Shermann and his wife. Mrs. Young had been presented with flowers by the wife of the Secretary General of the True Whig Party. After this first meeting with Foreign Minister Shermann which began three days of talks, Mr. Young disclosed that the U.S. was running a trade deficit with Africa.
Africa sells about eighteen billion dollars worth of goods yearly to the U.S. but buys only about six billion in return.
Mr. Young said Liberia's free trade enterprise system, exerted efforts to trap industry and private investment in the country. On the subject of politics he said he hoped the London Conference on Zimbabwe Rhodesia would agree to new elections and a new constitution under United Nations supervision.