Daily Media Summary (23-07-2019)

BUREAU OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

CAPITOL HILL, MONROVIA

 

 

NEWS SUMMARY, MONDAY, JULY 23, 2019

Today’s edition of our daily News Summary highlights stories about the Central Bank of Liberia’s  decision to adopt new Monetary Policy; Pres. Weah Warning to Parents against Limiting their Children’s Education as well as news concerning the signing of the Book of Condolence by President Weah in honor of  the fallen ECOWAS Commission’s  President Marcel Alain de Souza among others.

 

Other news include stories about the NEC finally declaring  July 27 as end date for  Montserrado county By-Elections’ Campaigns,” as well as the Gov’t of Liberia’s decision to pledge strong Support for the Universal Access to Informationand Gompa City Corporation been Burglarized among other stories.

 

 

Dominant stories

 

 

CBL Adopts New Monetary Policy

The News newspaper is reporting that the Central Bank of Liberia has announced that it is making a transition from an exchange rate targeting framework to interest rate-based framework. A release said up to now, CBL’s exchange rate targeting policy has involved keeping the exchange rate generally and broadly stable in the short-term, because of the significant impact of Liberian dollar depreciation on domestic prices. But, the release said this requires huge foreign exchange holdings of the CBL, called International Foreign Exchange Reserves. “Given the current low inflows of foreign exchange into the economy, the CBL has decided to change its monetary policy framework to a new regime. By adopting the new monetary policy framework, CBL will start using interest rate as its key monetary policy instrument, to control inflation and bring down the high prices of goods and services in the Liberian economy,” the Bank said in the release. The Bank acknowledged that the current high prices of commodities, especially food, are significantly affecting the poor people, “which is something that the CBL is not happy with.”

Related Caption:CBL To Adopts New Monetary Policy(The News)CBL Shifts Monetary Policy from Inflation to Interest (Daily Observer)CBL To Adopt New Monetary Policy (The Heritage)

 

Pres. Weah Warns Parents against Limiting Children’s Education

The FrontPage Africa reports that, President George Weah has warned parents in Liberia against limiting their children from pursuing quality education to streets selling and others.Pres. Weah said the need to create a brighter future for Liberian youths must not be overlooked; adding: “Limiting their education has the ability to create future difficulties for them.” The Liberian leader expressed concern over some street-selling kids not being in school, emphasizing the need for their business skills to be backed by quality schooling.  Speaking Monday, July 22, at the dedication of the Smart Liberia Youth Center in Monrovia, President Weah said the need for young people to maximize their potentials is important, and can only be achieved through quality education. “Children can be in the market and still going to school.  When you put a kid in the market, it’s a form of education but there is a theoretical education that those children should follow,” President Weah asserted. He referenced himself as an exemplary to difficulties he encountered for not pursuing higher education after his entertainment career, which accordingly compelled him to seek further university education.  

Related Caption: “I’m An Example Of Education”-Pres. Weah Declares(The Inquirer)

 

LISGIS, UNDP Validate Household Income and Expenditure Survey

The Newsnewspaper is reporting that the Liberia Institute of Statistics and GEO-Information Services (LISGIS) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has conducted a 3-day validation on the Thematic Analysis of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES). The HIES was conducted in 2016 covering the entire country, in an attempt to produce more accurate and reliable information for national accounting for GDP estimations, enhance price statistics production and agriculture sector monitoring, etc. However, given the need to produce more data for monitoring the newly launched Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), the need to conduct an in-depth analysis in thematic areas such as health, demographic dynamics, education, agriculture and other aspects of human development was considered, given the richness of the dataset beyond the Statistical Abstract produced.

Related Caption:LISGIS Validates Household Income, Expenditure Survey(The Inquirer)

 

MCC Prepares For Closure

With 18 months left to the end of Liberia’s compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), technical experts from the U.S. government agency and their Liberian government counterparts at the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-L) have met and defined the tasks to be completed. Joined by representatives of implementing entities, MCA-L and MCC experts ended two weeks of planning this week, focusing on ways to sustain the compact investments in the energy and road sectors. Together, the experts produced an outline of the compact closure plan, listing out tasks and key milestones to be accomplished before January 20, 2021, the compact end date. They also agreed on the framework for financial, legal, and procurement procedures, in addition to plans for disposing of assets. Together with Liberian government implementing entities, MCC and MCA-L project directors determined a range of measures to sustain the Millennium Challenge Compact investments in Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant, the Liberia Electricity Corporation, the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s Raw Water Pipeline, and road maintenance after the compact closes in January 2021, The News newspaper, says.

Related Caption:MCC, Experts Discuss Task To Be Completed(The Inquirer)

 

Gov’t Expresses Strong Support for Universal Access to Information

The government through the Permanent Mission to the United Nations said it is poised to submit to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for adoption, a draft resolution on the “Proclamation of September 28 as the International Day for the Universal Access to Information.” According to a dispatched, the proposed resolution will complement a 2015 UNESCO resolution, proclaiming September 28 as International Day for Universal Access to Information. On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the UN in collaboration with partners– United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Institute for Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), and the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI), convened a Coordination Meeting with United Nations Member States to build support for the proposed resolution. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations, who chaired the coordination meeting, said setting aside of such commemorative day was necessary as “access to information is not only essential for the democratic functioning of a society, but also pivotal and vital for the sustainable development of countries, Daily Observerwrites.

RELATED CAPTION:Several Public Information Managers Receive Diploma in Freedom of Information Act( FrontPage Africa)

 

Other stories 

President Weah Signs Book of Condolence for Formal ECOWAS Commission President

 

President George Manneh Weah has signed the Book of Condolence in honor of fallen formal President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel Alain de Souza. President Weah, accompanied by array of Government officials, performed the diplomatic ritual Last Friday, July 19, 2019. The late President died at the age 65 in Paris, France after a brief sickness. “It is with deep regret that the President of the ECOWAS Commission in 2015 during the 48th Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abujah, Nigeria. He was nominated by Benin, Pens the Heritage.

 

‘Together We’re Stronger’……Weah Recognizes God’s Grace Upon Liberia

Professionalize, Motivate LNP Officers“Since our founding in 1847 as the first independent country in Africa, we have often sailed on rough seas and through contrary winds, and faced many dangers, slid and fell. But through it all, with His steady hands on the wheel, God has always brought our ship of State to calm waters and safe harbors, President George Weah has said. According to The News newspaper, he was speaking Sunday during the Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service at the Liberty Christian Center church in Johnsonville, Montserrado County, in continuation of events to manifest the observance of Liberia’s 172nd Independence Anniversary. The Liberian leader said all citizens should see it vital to pray for Liberia’s progress as well as for one another to honor God’s word, which says “love your neighbor as you love yourself,” and that it is through harmony that the nation can continue to be peaceful and strong despite the diversity of views or backgrounds. “Together we are stronger.

 

IG Sudue Signs Two Administrative Instructions…To

The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police, Patrick T. Sudue, has signed two Administrative Instructions to ensure professionalism and motivation of LNP officers in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities of protecting lives and properties. Speaking at the signing ceremony on Friday at the Zone 8 Police Stationin Paynesville, LNP Boss Sudue thanked the Carter Center and the International Narcotic and Law Enforcement Agency for their support in realizing the success of the two policy documents. He said the two documents will now pave the way for enhancing a more professional police force and at the same time commended and awarded officers who performed excellently in the discharge of their duties, The News newspaper, asserts.

 

NHA-Habitat To Support Presentation…Of PASSA Community Action Plan In Peace Island

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, will mark a momentous occasion. After an intensive process lasting several months, residents of Peace Island will present the findings and Action Plan from the Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) to the rest of their community. Over one hundred and sixty people, constituting of community leaders, residents of Peace Island, and ten government ministries and agencies with mandates on disaster risk management, will attend the presentation taking place in Peace Island, Congo Town Township in Monrovia. The Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) workshop was organized by the National Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity International in collaboration with the residents of Peace Island as part of the Cities Alliance-led Liberia Country Program funded by Comic Relief. The PASSA methodology was introduced for the first time in Liberia in January 2019 in order to create awareness to prevent disasters, risks and vulnerabilities across slum communities,The News newspaper, explains.

 

Gompa City Corporation Burglarized

The Gompa City Corporation Burglarized (GCC) has been burglarized by criminals with many valuables such as computers, operational cash and other goods stolen. However, there has been no arrest of any suspect in connection of the burglary, the corporation’s Finance Officer said. Items that were confiscated from petty traders for allegedly selling on the main streets by city police store and kept in the Corporation’s warehouse were all taken away by the thieves. Confirming the incident, the Corporation’s Administrative Assistant, Africano Dolo, said the corporation was vandalized during the heavy downpour of rain. The corporation also revealed that the criminals had also tempered with some sensitive documents of the city and added that the case has been reported to the Liberian National Police, The News newspaper writes.

 

Captan Calls for Increase Women Access to Electricity, Training

Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia Chief Executive Officer, Monie R. Captan has called for increased women access to electricity, training and employment opportunities, a release has said. According to the release, Captain made the statement when he installed the first set of elected officers of the Female Workers of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) in Monrovia. Mr. Captan added, “Ensuring gender inclusion in all development projects, mainly access to electricity is a critical component of the United States Government Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact with Liberia.” The LEC Gender department organized the election, and subsequently inducted into office the elected officials of the LEC female workers leadership,Daily Observerasserts.

 

NEC: “Montserrado By-Elections’ Campaigns End July 27”

Authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) have announced that all campaign activities for the Montserrado District #15 Representative and the County Senatorial By-elections will end at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. Cllr. Jerome Kokoya, NEC chair on Monday, July 22 made the pronouncement through a press statement circulated by the department of communications and public affairs. “Today, we are pleased to inform you that the last batch of materials (pre-packed materials) arrived into the country on board a special Kenya Airways chartered cargo flight on Thursday, July 18, 2019. With this development, the Commission hereby confirms that all of the materials necessary to hold the combined by-elections have now arrived into the country. The NEC operations team has been busy packaging the materials for deployment,” Kokoya said. He said 29 July set for the holding of the combined by-elections will not be subject to any change as it happened with July 2 and 8, either of the dates expected to have provided the moment for the voters to participate in the by-elections, but did not do so due to challenges,Daily Observerreports.

 

NBC Establishes Multi-Stakeholders Platform

The New Democrat reports that for the first time the, National Bureau of Concessions has formerly established two multi-stakeholders Platforms(MSPs) for communities around the Liberian Agriculture Company in Grand Bassa County. The Two MPSs are Ablojay and Zwen United for Peace and Development (ZUPA) will now serve as voice for hundreds of communities affected by the operations of the Liberian Agriculture Company (LAC) Liberia’s second largest rubber concession upon election, a twenty member leadership of each pf the two MPSs were sworn in at the LAC non staff Recreational Center on Saturday in line with the established rules of the Project.

 

EPA Launches REDD+ Safeguards Information System

The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), Dr. Nathaniel T. Blama is expected to launch Liberia’s REDD+ Safeguards Information System (SIS) Tuesday, July 22, 2019 at its central office in Sinkor. The Liberia REDD+ Safeguards Information System (SIS) was recently developed by Conservation International (CI) and Skills and Agricultural Development Services (SADS) in consultation with Safeguards Working Group (SWG).The development of the SIS was bankrolled by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).The SIS is a practical, easy-to-use system built on existing information systems, and ensuring that information is accessible in an appropriate format for different stakeholders to meet their needs, pens, the FrontPage Africa newspaper.

 

UK Salutes Liberia’s Milestone Media Reforms as Minister Nagbe Envisages New Approach to Libel Cases

According to the FrontPage Africa newspaper, the Minister for Development at The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and top Official for Africa, has recognized Liberia’s decriminalization of laws that limited speech and expression, the criminal libel against the President and sedition. Delivering the opening address at a panel on “Press Freedom, Development and Democracy in Africa” as part of Global Media Conference -held in London under the aegis of the Governments of the United Kingdom and Canada- Minister Harriett Baldwin reminded the delegates about the important nature of the gains made by Liberia with the passage of the ‘KAK Press Freedom legislation’

 

China Supports TVET Here Graduates 84 Young Liberians

The China added Klay Agriculture Vocational Training Center (KAVTC) has graduated 84 young Liberians under its Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Planting Technique Program. Ceremony marking the graduation of the 84 students was held at the weekend in Klay, Bomi County. Speaking at the graduation program, the Director of Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Planting Technique Program, Mr. Nei Yongdou, said the graduates will receive support, which include: fund, technique, some equipment and raw materials from the Chinese government under the leadership of its Embassy here and its Economic Counselor office, Pens the Heritage.

 

 

Resist Falsehood, Gossip Commerce Minister Urges Employees

According to the Heritage, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Wilson K. Tarpeh, has called on employees of the Ministry to desist from societal ills that have the propensity to destroy modern institution. According to a Commerce Ministry release, Professor Tarpeh named some so the societal vices as falsehood, gossips and disunity. He said history shows that falsehood, disunity and gossip, among others vices, are major obstacles to growth and development in any human enterprise, both private and public. Minister Tarpeh observed that no meaningful organization makes progress when its members are entangled in practices that are unfriendly to progress.

 

 

 

Gov’t Plans To Revamp Cocoa Production

The Heritage readies, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah has revealed that that government plans to revamp cocoa production in Liberia. Minister Tweah stated that cocoa production has contributed significantly towards the economic status of the sub-region like in Ghana and Ivory Coast, and Liberia should reconsider venturing in the sector again. The Finance Minister made the statement Friday at the signing ceremony of the US$47million and US$30 million grants for the Improving Results of Secondary Education project and Liberia Urban Water Supply Project with the World Bank at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Monrovia. According to him, Liberia will begin to develop a new model in cocoa sector such as creating a “Cocoa Board” to supervise the production of cocoa and coffee across the country.

 

Education Ministry Targets 3,000 girls For Quality Education Pilot

The Ministry of Education has earmarked 3,000 teenage girls for quality education at secondary school beginning from 9th grade to completion of 12th grade. According to Education Minister Ansu Sonii, these 3,000 teenage girls in secondary school will be the first to go through this quality education program which is the first of its kind in Liberia as a pilot project to diagnose problems associated with girls dropping out of school. The Heritage asserted that, Minister Sonii made the remarks   recently during the signing ceremony of a US47 million grant for Improving Results in Secondary Education between the Liberian Government and the World Bank held at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Monrovia.  Sonii noted that emphasis has always being placed on early childhood development, but the education sector of Liberia has suffered significant deficiency over the year.

 

Chinese NPC Vice Chairman Expected To Visit Liberia Soon

The Heritage reads that the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) says the People’s Republic of Cjina (PRC) attached great importance to the growing relations with Liberia. The NPC chairman Li Zhanshu also said the PRC is committed to follow and observe the principles of sincerity, real results, amity, good faith and the principle of pursuing both countries shared interests as instructed by the Chines President, H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping. “We will work with Liberia to implement the outcomes of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit as well as our cooperation within  the Belt and Road framework so that our relations will excel to  higher level”, he assured. Chairman Li emphasized President Xi’s “five-no” approach in its relations with Africa , including no interference in the African countries pursuit of development paths; no interference in African countries  internal affairs;  no imposition of China’s will on African countries; no attachment of political strings regarding assistance; and no seeking of selfish political gains in investment and financing cooperation with Africa.

 

ECOWAS Special Rep. Urges Liberians To Build, Sustain Peace

The Special representative of ECOWAS to Liberia, Ambassador Babatunde Ajisomo, has called on Liberians to foster the culture of peace in whatsoever they do irrespective of their cultural, political, social, and economic background. The ECOWAS top official indicated that the building and sustaining of peace is a continuous process as long as humans of different social, culture and political backgrounds and orientations exist on the earth.  He admonished Liberians to rally support in the fifteen countries across Liberia to ensure that the cultural, ethnic and customary barriers that hider cultural cohesion and harmony are broken for peace, unity and coherence to penetrate and be embedded in the social, economic and political fibre of the society. According to the Global Index  Report in 2018, the World incurred a total economic loss of US$14.1trillion to violence, which represents 11.2 percent of the world’s GDP and Liberia’s share of such loss stands at US$892.4 million, costing each Liberian US$9.00, reports the Heritage Newspaper.

 

Nyenswah: ‘Liberia Fully Prepared To Fight Any Disease Outbreak’

According to Heritage, By Kimberlyn Mckeever $ Fanta L. Keita Given the prolong stay of the Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the recent decision of the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the situation a global health emergency, the Director-General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah, says there is no cause for panic as Liberia is fully prepared to fight the virus in case of any reoccurrence. Nyenswah in an interview with journalist at his office in Monrovia recently indicated that the Government is working closely with its international partners in making sure that Liberia’s health system is resilient enough to fight any outbreak of disease that may occur in the country.