The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has fined the Management of E-Roberts Distilleries Incorporated, $L147,000 (one Hundred Forty Seven Thousand Liberian Dollars) for two offenses. E-Roberts Distilleries Incorporated was quarantined by the Commerce Ministry in August, 2019, after it was discovered that the entity was using a facility along the Samuel Kanyon Doe Boulevard for production, especially without the facility satisfying distillery minimum requirements. The Commerce Ministry release said a test conducted on the seized items has proven that they are not contaminated. The Commerce Ministry will do an inspection of the facility before the production will commence. Meanwhile, the Commerce Ministry has accepted an appeal from the legal team of Fuzion Bar and Restaurant to reduce the $US3,000 fine imposed on it to $US500.
October 21, 2019 02:27 UTC
Boakye said in absolute numbers, 270 million children ages 10 to 14 are caught in this ‘Learning Poverty’ gap. “By setting a global target, the World Bank can work with countries to define their own national learning targets. According to him, most of the countries that the World Bank works with have various challenges, but the key challenge facing most Sub-Saharan African countries is poverty. “As part of the agenda in ending poverty, the World Bank is today focusing on the importance of access to education as the way of reducing poverty. It will amaze you to know that among all the key instruments that are needed to reduce poverty, education is considered the first priority,” he said.
“Russia’s influence is increasing through strategic investments in natural resources, and such investments are welcomed by African governments and companies. “The African Energy Chamber is supporting such efforts and has seen a definite uptick in Russian companies’ interests for the continent. We predict a lot of deals to be signed during and after the Sochi Summit for Russian energy companies to develop African resources and do business in Africa. Rightly so, the ability and capacity of African governments to make better deals with investors is becoming central to the global business narrative on Africa. At the end of the day, it is all about how African governments and institutions will negotiate future contracts with Russian companies.
“The judiciary sued the contractor, Semoh Group, for defaulting on the contract. The case was ruled in favor of the judiciary at the lower court, and the contractor announced an appeal to the Supreme Court, as done in all other cases,” Justice Korkpor informed the gathering, which included President George Weah, at the opening of the October 2019 Term of the Supreme Court. Semoh Group of Companies is reportedly owned by Moseray Momoh, currently the deputy managing director for administration at the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC). According to Korkpor, the three other UNDP-funded courts are the Vahun Magisterial Court in Lofa County, the Karnplay Magisterial Court in Nimba County, and the Omega Magisterial Court in Montserrado County. Justice Korkpor said the renovation and extension of courts throughout the country as well as infrastructure development play a critical role in strengthening judicial independence, access to justice and productive work output.
…Beneficiaries are in Maryland, Grand Kru countiesAuthorities at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection (MGCSP) said they have started the disbursement of “social cash to the extremely poor and food insecure citizens” in Maryland and Grand Kru counties. Gender Minister Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr made the disclosure over the weekend at a news conference in Monrovia. “Under this quarter payment, over 3,000 households will be given cash to help them secure the needed support for their families. “This very space is that data center and a part of the government’s investment into development and social protection. This component will also strengthen coordination among safety programs at the national and sub-national levels.”
As for Mr. Nyenswah, who he tendered his resignation, it has been reported that he would have left office before the end of November 2019. Our sources within the Executive Mansion said Mr. Nyenswah only cited “circumstances and family obligations” as reasons for this immediate resignation. It is not clear whether President Weah has accepted his resignation, but Mr. Nyenswah is the second high-profile official to have resigned from the Weah-led administration. Mr. Nyenswah served as the institution’s first Director-General. In the absence of the deputy minister for Planning, one Dominic N. Weme has since been acting in his stead.
Dual Citizenship, Economic Improvement, War Crimes High on the AgendaWashington D.C.– Liberians from all regions of the world will be gathering near Washington, D.C., on December 6-7 for the first “All Liberian Diaspora Conference”. The Conference is expected to bring together dozens of Diaspora organizations, international organizations, Local, and state officials, recognized Liberian experts and notable friends of Liberia. They will will join representatives of U.S. government as well as international agencies in a bid to unite the Liberian Diaspora on major issues affecting Liberia. The major Liberian Diaspora organizations are united under the aegis of the All-Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship (ALCOD), representing over 500,000 Liberians in the Diaspora. He noted that the discussions will also be geared towards fostering collaboration amongst the various Liberian Diaspora organizations, relief groups, and related non-governmental organizations to improve the coordination of their many initiatives for Liberia.
ABN AMRO finances various parts of the palm oil conglomerate Golden Agri-Resources, which is the sole investor in GVL through constructions in tax paradises and effectively owns and controls the company. The community representatives from Liberia, Terry Doegmah Panyonnoh and Harriet Sayee Saylee, were confronted with misconduct by Liberia’s largest oil palm company, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL). Like Liberia, Indonesian communities are also faced with similar fate with palm oil companies. Payonnoh isn’t the only one who feels aggrieved by the disruptions brought on by the palm oil company. Land should be for the people and information on palm oil company concessions should be made public so I can win my case.
Musu Barto, president of Bong Country rural women, told ActionAid-Liberia that with more equipment, women across Liberia can improve agricultural productivity to sustain their families. “If we have mechanized equipment, it will increase our yield. Ma Kebbeh Mongar, the rural women national president, expressed gratitude to Bong women for the farm and called on government and NGOs to extend their support to more women. Ma Mongar said the rural women have agricultural projects in the 15 counties because her organization helps to empower them. We also want training to help us add value to the products from our farms.”She said it is the dream of rural women to have a farm in each of the fifteen counties by 2020.
The Conference aims to promote ratification of the Cape Town Agreement, a key IMO treaty for safety of fishing vessels. The entry into force of the Cape Town Agreement will help deter the proliferation of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, by establishing international safety standards for fishing vessels. The Conference is intended for ministers, policymakers, senior officials and relevant experts responsible for implementing fishing vessel safety and IUU fishing policies as well as enacting national legislation to ratify the Agreement. It can be recalled early April 2019, Mrs. Glassco served as speaker at the 3rd World Maritime University’s International Women Conference held under the theme “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” in Malmo, Sweden. This recent invitation is based on her elaborate presentation and splendid deliberations during the panel discussions.
Robert K. Fagans, Deputy Minister for Planning and Development at the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), says plans are underway by his ministry to revamp technologies transfer centers in the country. Fagans said that when the facilities are revamped, many smallholder farmers will have the opportunity to access various kinds of farming technologies. “We are intending to make farmers access improved seeds and mechanized equipment that will be delivered to the various centers. He however noted that the quest for food self-sufficiency can only be achieved, provided more citizens can participate in the various food value chains. According to him, the MoA has outlined various strategies to improve agriculture production to enhance market linkages for farmers.
And to do this he needs all hands on deck. The Daily Observer remains fully aware that the crisis currently engulfing the nation has it roots in the past government’s shortcomings. The resulting mess has been President Weah’s inheritance and indications suggest that his officials are even compounding the mess. This newspaper once again calls on President Weah to step forth and take charge of this nation just as he pledged to do at his inauguration into office. For the sake of the nation and the survival of its people, “all hands on deck” — opposition, no-position, ruling position — all will be required to ensure the nation stays afloat.
October 21, 2019 02:19 UTC
Mr. Tarplah Z. Davies alias Zoely Zoe was appointed as Deputy Minister for Operations at the Ministry of National Defense. This is one of your appointments, which have earned you a bad name and have put a dent on your push for dual citizenship. THE ISSUE OF dual citizenship has been and is a very hot topic that draws mixed reactions in any gatherings that it is being discussed. MR. PRESIDENT, we don’t know whether you witnessed this video before making your latest appointment of Zoely Zoe. This is one of your appointments, which have earned you a bad name and have put a dent on your push for dual citizenship.
October 21, 2019 02:03 UTC
MONROVIA – President George Weah has appointed the man who threatened to “kill” would-be protestors of the ‘Weah Step Down Campaign’ and critics of Pres. In the live video session, he promised to defend the government of President Weah, his family and others with plans intended to thwart or go against the Liberian Constitution. According to Davis, state security must arrest Costa upon his arrival in Liberia and treat his as an “enemy combatant”. Ali intimated that the appointment violates the Constitution of Liberia and the Alien and Nationality Law of Liberia, owing to the fact that Davis had served the U.S. Army. “This is a man who has never hidden his loyalty to the CDC and President Weah, and then he comes out to threaten citizens of Liberia and yet he is appointed to the Defense Ministry.
October 21, 2019 01:58 UTC
This event, which was driven by the 2019 World Maritime theme on Empowering Women in the Maritime Community, will bring together key stakeholders from around the world to debate issues around the roles and visibility of women in the sector. The Conference aims to promote ratification of the Cape Town Agreement, a key IMO treaty for safety of fishing vessels. The entry into force of the Cape Town Agreement will help deter the proliferation of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, by establishing international safety standards for fishing vessels. The Conference is intended for ministers, policymakers, senior officials and relevant experts responsible for implementing fishing vessel safety and IUU fishing policies as well as enacting national legislation to ratify the Agreement. It can be recalled early April 2019, Mrs. Glassco served as speaker at the 3rd World Maritime University’s International Women Conference held under the theme “empowering women in the maritime community” in Malmo, Sweden.
October 21, 2019 01:52 UTC