iMinister of Commerce, and National Orator

Jipoh, Emmanuel Wise

Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Mawine G. Diggs, is set to deliver the national oration on the occasion of Liberia’s 175th Independence Anniversary. Minister Diggs will speak at the Independence Day Indoor Program.

Diggs, in her capacity as Minister, works to develop good policies for commerce and international trade that enable the growth and innovation of the private sector, while establishing standards that empower all customers and revive the economy.

Prior to her nomination as Minister of Commerce and Industry in 2020, the Honorable Diggs served as the General Director of the National Commission for Higher Education. She was responsible for the accreditation and regulatory compliance of universities, colleges, and institutes of higher education. She was also formerly the Deputy Minister for Administration and Acting Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Special Presidential Envoy on behalf of the Honorable George M. Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia. Prior to her official assignments, she served as President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Eastern Campus.

Honorable Diggs focuses on the promotion and development of industrial enterprises, as well as the support of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the establishment and regulation of commodity and trade standards, and the collection, evaluation, and publication of commerce and industry-related data.

The enhancement of the economy through commerce and the fortification of the regime governing intellectual property.

The Honorable Diggs is committed to ensuring that the National Standard Laboratory rigorously tests the high quality of goods produced, imported, and exported into and out of the country.

She advises the Liberian government on policies pertaining to our support for candidates seeking for positions with United Nations Trade Entities, the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, Regional Trade Organizations, and Continental Trade Organizations. She is now the chairperson of the ARIPO Council of Ministers and the chairperson of the G7+ WTO accession group. She serves on the Board of Directors of a number of public corporations and state-owned enterprises.

On two occasions while H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, was out of the country, the Honorable Diggs was designated chair of the cabinet to administer state matters in consultation with the vice president and president over the phone.

In her previous position, the Honorable Diggs was the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. In this capacity, the Honorable Diggs oversaw the administration division, guaranteeing, among other things, adherence to organizational structures, compliance with Civil Service and other HR standards, and the design and execution of the annual budget in accordance with PFM law. She also ensured that our overseas missions were adequately funded and had all they required to perform their duties.

On multiple occasions, he served as Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Special Presidential Envoy on behalf of President of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. George M. Weah, to the Republic of Nigeria to deliver a special message to President Mohammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where he received a full presidential welcome.

Before returning to her beloved nation of Liberia to serve the Government of Liberia, the Honorable Diggs served as president and chief academic officer (CAO) of the Eastern Campus of the Wayne Community College District in Detroit, Michigan. She planned, organized, coordinated, developed, directed, administered, and evaluated student services and instructional programs, services, resources, and activities for around 24,000 credit and non-credit students. She provided leadership in areas involving the delivery and administration of comprehensive programs, managed a $15,000,000 budget, and oversaw 750 full-time and part-time workers.

Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy; Clemson University Master of Education, Counselor Education Specialization, and Ph.D. (in progress).

Higher Education Leadership Specialization at National American University.

The Honorable Diggs has been awarded the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) 40 Under 40 Award, the Wayne County Community College District Outstanding Service Award, The Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Award, and the White House Communication Agency Certificate of Appreciation.

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