Monrovia – The Liberia Revenue Authority has received one hundred pieces of tablets and 174 GPS gadgets from USAID through its Revenue Generation for Governance and Growth (RG3) project. The donation is part of efforts to strengthen the capacity of the LRA Real Estate Community Partnership Project in uniquely mapping and identifying real estate properties as part of the LRA revenue collection program. CG Tamba said the donation from USAID will contribute greatly to the promotion of LRA’s Real Estate Community Partnership Project. The CG indicated that so far the LRA, under the Real Estate Project, has captured some 40,000 properties, and that donated gadgets will boost the initiative, and undoubtedly contributes to domestic resource mobilization in the country. We are also thankful for the partnership between the LRA and the USAID RG3 project.
February 01, 2018 04:52 UTC
Liberia has received the overwhelming endorsement of the African Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations to chair the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly during the 73rd Session of the Assembly which begins in September. Formally referred to as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the General Assembly, the Fourth Committee is one of six main committees of the UN General Assembly. The formal election of Liberia by the entire membership of the General Assembly of the United Nations is scheduled for June. With the full endorsement of the African Group, Liberia is expected to be elected unopposed. The last time Liberia chaired the Fourth committee was at the 1961 Session of the General Assembly when the Committee was chaired by Ambassador Angie Elisabeth Brooks.
February 01, 2018 04:41 UTC
Monrovia - The President of the University of Liberia (UL), Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, said registration for the first semester of academic 2017/2018, which begins September last year, would not be extended. She made the decision Wednesday January 31 at the University of Liberia Fendall Campus during a dialogue meeting between the UL administration and the students’ leadership. President Weeks said the state run university always had problem with students’ registration, while cautioning them to respect the administration as it strives to improve the system. For me, I don’t care, you can be disrespectful to me but is disrespect to the institution that you are calling your university,” UL President said. The University of Liberia Students Union (ULSU) Interim President, Flomo Mao Moa, said the delay in the registration process is as the result of the UL administration inability to employ more staffs at the Electronic Data Processing Unit (EDP) to afford students easy access to the registration process.
February 01, 2018 04:30 UTC
The symbolic launch of RAP for Project Affected Persons (PAPs) within Lot 2 from Kono to Bumbuna, will be held in Makeni, Sierra Leone on February 1st, 2018. More than 400 households are affected by the construction of the transmission line and substation in Sierra Leone and they will be compensated through a transparent compensation process. Following the RAP process, TRANSCO CLSG management will acquire the sites and turn them over to the contractors who are in line to jumpstart physical construction activities of 1300km transmission line and substations across the CLSG. TRANSCO CLSG, in collaboration with the Governments of the CLSG, is responsible for the implementation and coordination of the resettlement program. All the PAPs have been identified within the Transmission Line corridor.
February 01, 2018 04:18 UTC
“I don’t know of any promises that were made to anyone; but there are still some 212 jobs left to be filled. It is true that our partisans have been out of job for more than ten years but I didn’t get into this for a job. FrontPageAfrica has learned that President Weah and his Vice President, Jewel Howard- Taylor are having disagreements over job allocations. Said Chief Allen: “I don’t know of any promises that were made but there are still some 212 jobs left to be filled." H. Varney G. Sherman and Senator Morris Saytumah from the confirmation process of President Weah’s nominee for Attorney General.
February 01, 2018 03:56 UTC
Multiple sources have confirmed to FrontPageAfrica that the businessman was a key contributor to Mr. Weah’s election victory. SWAT is supplied by Louis Dreyfus (LD) Company and mainly sells rice that is 50% and 5% broken kernels. A diversified food import company, SWAT also operates the Harbel chain of supermarkets and has used its ties in government to contemplate new investments in food processing, including palm oil and cassava. Liberia’s rice importing industry is consolidated - four importers control around 95% of all rice imports. Such a storage arrangement would make destination fortification feasible but this would be limited to rice imported by SWAT.
February 01, 2018 03:50 UTC
But this I think has unfairly stifled and muted the kind of applause and celebratory responses the declaration on road construction should have earned. I said I would make road construction my number one priority and spend a major part of my tenure to accomplish that. I would tell the Liberian people; “Let us sacrifice and build good roads and all other things shall be added unto us!” No one can refute the multitude of benefits good roads can deliver to any economy. In short, the money will follow the good roads. The President’s announcement on his road construction agenda was so unprecedented in it specificity and it grandiosity.
February 01, 2018 03:33 UTC
AND SO, PERHAPS, IT WAS against that backdrop the President, quoting his idol and mentor, Nelson Mandela that he called for ongoing reform in the country’s tattered education system. “WE SHALL FOCUS on reviews and revision of our education system…,” the President said. THE PSL PROGRAM, ALREADY in year 2 of its operation, has shown that there is hope. Across 93 public schools in the program, learning increased by 60% compared to their peers. IN SCHOOLS UNDER THE PSL program year 1, averaged teacher attendance rate was at 90%; and in the case of one provider, it’s at 98%.
February 01, 2018 03:11 UTC
Monrovia - The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) through the office of its Deputy Secretary General for the Rule of Law, Waldemar Wray, has provided textbooks, furniture and equipment aimed at setting up a human rights library at the Ashmun Street Headquarter of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA). Wray added that it is universally accepted that human rights play a pivotal role in the goverance of every modern society. “As key players in the protection of the rights of people, lawyers, judges and other justice and security sector actors must update their knowledge of human rights norms and standards that are applicable to the administration of justice. UNHCR will commence operations in Liberia on April 1, 2018 and will continue to support national institutions like the Independent National Commission on Human Rights to enhance human rights protection mechanism for Liberia, he said. “There is no doubt that these reforms seek to entrench a human rights culture in Liberia and uphold the rights of all Liberians,” he said.
February 01, 2018 03:11 UTC
It is the Liberian to U.S dollar’s exchange rate that sets the tone for most aspects of the local economy. The unprecedented decline in the exchange rate is now generating concerns and uncertainties at the same time, while Liberians ponder the factors responsible. Importers determine the exchange rate since the Central Bank of Liberia is low on reserve to meet their demands. "And with the prevailing constraints on the country’s major exports, Dr. Farhat says it is putting pressure on the exchange rate. The sudden drop in the exchange rate on Monday is reminiscent with events of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who during his regime ordered the reduction of the US-Liberian dollars exchange rate.
February 01, 2018 02:48 UTC
Prior to the vote, the U.S President threatened to cut foreign aid from countries who would vote against America’s interest. Delivering the Address, President Trump re-emphasized, “Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the U.S. Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America's sovereign right to make this recognition. “In 2016, American taxpayers generously sent those same countries more than $20 billion dollars in aid." "While we work to grow the Liberian economy, expand our revenue base, medium term aid would be needed to support projects that would be critical to our long term growth,” he added.
February 01, 2018 02:48 UTC
Justice Minister-designate, Cllr. Charles Gibson, says at confirmation hearingPresident George Weah’s embattled nominee for the post of Justice Minister, yesterday told Senate confirmation hearing that the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission(LACC), the Law Reform Commission (LRC) and the Governance Commission (GC), need to either be dissolved or revisited for reorganization. Gibson told the hearing that his suggestion came after the transition team of President Weah visited the LACC and held discussions with its members who even agreed that the team of five should be reduced to three. What I did is in line with what has been practiced regarding lawyer and client financial arrangements; I respect the Supreme Court ruling, but I have the conviction that one day that ruling will be revisited by another bench of the Court,” Cllr. “As a former and retired soldier, I welcome the decision because I will benefit from it now that I am retired.
February 01, 2018 02:33 UTC
-Rep. Edwin M. SnoweRep. Edwin M. Snowe, Jr., (Bomi County Dist. #1) has told members of the House of Representatives that APM Terminals, the operator of the Freeport of Monrovia, and BIVAC, the leading pre-shipment inspection company in the country, are rejecting the Liberian dollars (LRD) in payment for goods and services, and are demanding payment only in U.S. dollars. The plenary took the decision on Tuesday during the 6th day sitting of the 1st session of the 54th Legislature. It may be recalled that following discussion on the matter, a motion proffered by Hon. Larry Younquoi of Electoral District 8 Nimba County was accepted by plenary.
February 01, 2018 02:26 UTC
The UN official made this observation when he donated equipment, furniture and human rights materials valued at US$14,883 to support the establishment of a human rights library at the offices of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA). “There is no doubt that these reforms seek to entrench a human rights culture in Liberia and uphold the rights of all Liberians,” Mr. “This library is meant primarily to enhance the human rights knowledge of members of the bar,” DSRSG Very noted. “The office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights will commence operations in Liberia. This office will continue to support national institutions like the Independent Commission on Human Rights to continue the work of building a human rights protection mechanism for Liberia,” Vrey said.
February 01, 2018 02:26 UTC
The World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Dr. Henry Kerali, will head a World Bank delegation expected to arrive today to meet with senior government officials. While in the country, the delegation will hold discussions with the government to identify new priorities in the Bank’s partnership for the next 5 to 6 years, which will be reflected in its new Country Partnership Framework. Dr. Kerali will use this visit to sign with the Liberian government the financing agreement for the US$24.67 million grant covering the Fourth Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation, which will provide budget support for the new Liberian government. The delegation will also engage in discussions on the priorities of the new government. Other members of the delegation are Errol Graham, Program Leader responsible for the macroeconomic management, governance, trade and competitiveness, and the financial sector; and Laura Kullenberg, Country Program Coordinator for Liberia.
February 01, 2018 02:15 UTC