The economic history of
the Republic of Liberia

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Economic Stragegy to Implement Investment and Infrastructure Profile
As Offered by the Free Democratic Party for the Republic of Liberia, 13 January 1995. A proclamation (Draft).
Blinded By Free Trade And Comparative Advantage Dogma
By Geepu Nah Tiepoh, The Perspective, 26 July 2000. The rhetoric about comparative advantage, free trade and globalization with respect to rice imports rather than self-sufficiency. Why Liberia needs to achieve food security through self-sufficiency.
IMF Team Finds Good And Bad News
UN Integrated Regional Information Network, 9 October 2000. A capitalist perspective on the economy. Liberia has failed to satisfy the interests of international capital by a reducion in the public sector and the liberalization of import policy. Expenditures on security and presidential affairs were a key factor in the deterioration of the performance of the fiscal policy required by the IMF.

The history of the environment in the Republic of Liberia

Logging Used To Fund Civil War In Liberia
The Society for the Renewal of Nature Conservation in Liberia, West Africa... USA.
Press Release, 15 September 1997. Logging activities raise foreign capital to fund the civil war initiated in late 1989. Other resource commodities which have bankrolled the conflict include sales of Liberian diamonds, gold and rubber. Most of the diamonds from Liberia probably go to Belgium and the timber has French and Malaysian buyers.
Liberia's rain forest vanishes as foreign logging expands
By Ivan Watson, The Boston Globe, 20 May 2001. Becuase Indonesians and Malaysians drive the Oriental Timber Company trucks, the forest exploitation does not mean jobs. Loss of the vast majority of the pristine forests that remain within the next 10 years. Government and foreign companies have gold-rush like mentality. Timber is one of the few industries remaining in the shattered economy.