Ambassador Barnes Goes to U.S. As Liberia’s New Ambassador, Replaces Ambassador Minor

Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes
Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes
Photo Credit: IT/Public Affairs Bureau- MFA

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has made new appointments at various government ministries, agencies and diplomatic mission including the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Washington D.C., USA, the Ministries Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs, and State without Portfolio.

President Johnson-Sirleaf named Ambassador Milton Nathaniel Barnes as Liberia’s new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America. Ambassador Barnes replaces Ambassador Charles Minor. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Barnes headed the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations, New York.

Meanwhile, Budget Director, Mr. Augustine K. Ngafuan, has been named Minister of Finance; former Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Affairs at the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, Mr. Amara M. Konneh, has been appointed Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs; and Mr. Natty B. Davis, Coordinator and Head of the Liberia Reconstruction & Development Committee, has been named Minister of State without Portfolio.
According to a press release from the office of the Presidential Press Secretary, Mr. Cyrus Badio, the President also named Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission while Madam Betty J. Saway has been reappointed member of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia by the President. The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate.
   Milton Nathaniel Barnes was born on April 6, 1954; the second of four children of Roland T. and Eudora N. Barnes, in Monrovia, Liberia. Nat Barnes spent his formative years in Harper, Maryland County and Monrovia, Liberia. He attended the University of Liberia for one semester and worked at a bank for a year, before eventually going to the United States for college. Nat entered Rider University (then Rider College) in Lawrenceville, New Jersey in 1975 where in majored in Finance.
 Upon acquiring a B.Sc. degree from Rider in 1978, Nat matriculated to Pace University in New York City where he obtained an MBA with concentration in Finance and Banking in 1979. In September of 1999, Nat was appointed to the position of Minister of Finance, Republic of Liberia.
 In that capacity, he became the chief architect of Liberia's fiscal program. During his tenure as Minister, he oversaw and implemented a new Tax Code for Liberia in consultation with the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund. On 8 October 2005 he was in the race for the Presidency of Liberia.  Reports: Public Affairs Bureau/MFA