Honorable Stephen Towain Marvie, Jr., a professional with extensive knowledge in international trade and economics, served as the Assistant Minister for Commerce and Trade Services since March 2012. Mr. Marvie took up his responsibilities having had careers in development, banking, finance and information technology in the public and private sector.
As Assistant Minister for Commerce, Mr. Marvie’s portfolio included leading with the technical working group for Liberia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), leading the technical work to draft and finalize Liberia’s first National Trade, contributing towards the finalization of Liberia National Export Strategy (LNES), contributing towards the drafting and finalization of the WTO Accession Strategy and the Regulatory Assessment of Transport and Logistics Services in Liberia (RASTI), improving the Millennium Challenge Corporation trade policy indicator, streamlining procedures for import and export, launching the first consumer education awareness programs in the market place, and facilitating the initial steps to rebrand the inspectorate.
His portfolio within the Bureau of Trade Services relates to these policy and technical areas: bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade, trade facilitation, collection, evaluation and publication of trade data, regulation of bulk commodities, reduction of non-tariff barriers (NTBs), promotion of agricultural value chains (AVCs), development of the domestic private sector, facilitation of the trade aspect of intellectual property rights, consumer education. Mr. Marvie participated in all the negotiations and Working Party meetings related to Liberia’s accession to the WTO and currently leading the technical inputs of Continental Free Trade Agreement for Liberia.
Below is a synopsis of the responsibilities he conducted:
Before joining the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Marvie worked as a Budget Economist at the Ministry of Finance. During his tenure at the Ministry of Finance, he played an active role in the development of the framework for the Public Sector Investment Project, an integral component of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). Prior to working at the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Marvie was appointed to serve in Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Government in June 2009, as the Assistant Minister for Regional Planning at the erstwhile Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs. In this position, Mr. Marvie provided leadership for the fifteen county development officers recruited under the Senior Executive Service Program of the Civil Service Agency (CSA). Between 2002 and 2009, he worked initially as an Information Technology Officer, a Credit and Marketing Analyst at the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and as a Corporate Relationship Officer at the United Bank for Africa Liberia, as well as, a brief stint with a private IT firm in Accra, Ghana. In these capacities, Mr. Marvie promoted investment in private sector growth and development by managing a multi-million dollar credit portfolio for high network clienteles in telecommunications, mining, and the critical consumer products, such as, rice, petroleum products, cement, etc.
Mr. Marvie holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics and Policy from The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom. He also completed scores of professional and practical trainings from many institutions including WTO, Kenya Institute of Government, HARVARD Kennedy School of Government. He has also benefitted from training opportunities provided by UNCTAD, ITC, Swedish National Board of Trade, ECOWAS, ITC, etc. He has facilitated and participated in several missions to promote private sector investment in Asia, Europe, Africa and continental America.
Steve is blessed with a daughter and is an avid donor to a number of charity organizations.