Wednesday 25 April 2018
(CNN 08/03/13)
(CNN) -- The African Union on Friday applauded Zimbabwe for holding peaceful elections, and made no mention of rigging accusations by the main opposition candidate. However, its observers added that they noted several shortcomings. Problems included voters getting turned away, late publication of polling stations and media taking sides, the African Union observers said in a statement released Friday. Even so, the continent-wide body said, "The Mission observes generally, that from a historical perspective and in comparison to the 2008 elections, Zimbabwe has made an important transition in the conduct of its elections." Wednesday's vote pitted President Robert Mugabe against his prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe's party declared victory a day later even though the electoral commission has not released...
(Heritage 08/02/13)
The National Orator of Liberia’s 166th Independence Anniversary, Cllr. Varney Nambi-Gboto Sherman, has suggested that the major cause of the Liberian civil war that is too often ignored is the abject poverty, socio-economic deprivations and drudgery that too “many of our people suffer from; they considered themselves to be the disadvantaged of our society and they therefore distinguish themselves from the rest of us”. According to Cllr. Sherman, there are some who believe that the major cause of the Liberian civil war was strife between two counties or two tribes of our country. He said while he does not disagree with them in the entirety, abject poverty, socio-economic deprivations and drudgery are fertile grounds for unrest. He pointed out: “It...
(Front Page Africa Online 08/02/13)
Barely 48 hours after a FrontPageAfrica revelation pointed to strains between President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Cllr. Varney Sherman, head of the ruling Unity Party, the Liberian government's chief spokesman, Information Lewis Brown threw the first public hint of the resurrection of a lengthy feud between the pair. Cllr. Sherman's criticisms of the Sirleaf-led government by her own party chair in the full glare of the public during his oration delivered in Tubmanburg Bomi County, continues to send shockwaves down the spines of many in and out of the government. Many are not unaware of the issues Sherman raised but some in the corridors of power and beyond are shocked that the chairman of a ruling party used his oration to...
(The Newdawn Liberia 08/02/13)
The Charge d' Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Liberia has outlined his country's achievements here 10 years after the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries. Speaking on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in Monrovia at reception for the 86th anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, Mr. YANG Jun said the past decade has witnessed a continuously enriched bilateral cooperation between China and Liberia, and hailed the Liberian Government's firm stance in upholding the One China Policy. He said China in recent years has been active in assisting the Government and people of Liberia in their developmental endeavors. Mr. Jun said some of the projects completed by China include the Fendell Campus of the University of...
(Heritage 08/02/13)
One of the Special Guests of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at this year’s July 26 celebration, former President of Nigeria, H. E. Olusegun Obasanjo, has termed corruption as a very bad cancer in the body politics of any country. Obasanjo, who congratulated the government and people of Liberia on the 166th Independence Anniversary, differed with this year’s National Orator, renowned Liberian lawyer and politician Cllr. Harry Varney Nambi-Gboto Sherman that corruption can ever be wiped out, noting that there are many societies in the world where corruption is not a way of life. “What Liberians must try for is that corruption is not a way life within their society,” he said. The 166th Independence Anniversary, co-hosted by Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand...
(Heritage 08/02/13)
USAID/Liberia’s new Mission Director, John Mark Winfield, says teachers across the country play a pivotal role in the development of the country. In remarks at the 64th National convention of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) in Kakata, Margibi County, Mr. Winfield said rebuilding Liberia was hinged on education and emphasized that trained, qualified teachers were key to the process. The USAID Liberia Mission Director said the role of teachers in preparing Liberia’s children for leadership should not be taken for granted and called for support to teachers by ensuring they had the means and the enthusiasm to do their jobs. “Education is not their responsibility alone…teachers need to be supported by government, as well as by their communities,...
(African arguments 08/02/13)
UK Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, has stated that the government will not intervene directly in Barclays Bank's decision to withdraw banking services to Money Service Businesses (MSBs) including those that provide remittance services to Somalia, but said he hoped that a 'market-based solution' could be found. Simmonds stated in a letter dated 18th July to SOAS academic Laura Hammond (and shared with African Arguments) that "the government would not be able to intervene on behalf of a particular company or 'remittance corridor'". He was responding to a letter submitted by Hammond on behalf of 105 academics, researchers and practitioners calling on the UK government to intervene to prevent the collapse of remittance flows into poor and fragile states, particularly...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/02/13)
LONDON | Fri Aug 2, 2013 (Reuters) - The winning investment strategy of 2013 has been simple but extreme: return home to the safety of the biggest, most-traded markets, or venture to the riskiest frontiers from Ivory Coast to Pakistan. Those in the middle of the risk curve - the biggest emerging markets that now account for almost half of the top 20 world economies - have been the big losers. The contrasting fortunes may herald the start of a broader repricing of big emerging economies where a flood of cheap money from developed economies has distorted prices the most. Risk - which dominated global financial markets in the past few years - has played a smaller role in defining...
(This Day Live 08/02/13)
Against the backdrop of the three-day investment roundtable in Cape Town, South Africa, John Iwori, who attended the event, writes that African countries are forging a common front in the shipping and energy sectors of the continent's economy. Working against One Another That most African countries are working at cross purposes is an understatement. In spite of their proximity, they prefer to work against their common interests. They hardly see each other as partners in progress. In fact, they see themselves as enemies. They work against one another for the benefit of the people on other continents, especially those who ruled over them during the colonial era. The undue rivalry among African countries has often robbed the people on the...
(Heritage 08/02/13)
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Tuesday, July 30, endorsed a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Liberia for a four-year period. The CPS is aligned with Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT), built around five strategic pillars focusing on economic transformation, improving governance and public institutions, supporting peace, justice, security and rule of law, human development and cross cutting issues such as youth empowerment, employment, gender, labor and health. The CPS will support selected elements of the AfT which will contribute to sustainable growth and poverty reduction, while at the same time address deep rooted causes of conflict and fragility in order to preserve past and future development gains. The Bank programming during the CPS period will focus...
(Voice of America 08/02/13)
The Liberian government says negotiations are underway with more than 20,000 public health workers who have been on strike since July 23. The Ministry of Health has called on the health workers to return to work while the talks take place, but striking employees say they will stay home until their demands have been met. Patients, meanwhile, say they just want to receive treatment. Negotiations between the Ministry of Health and leaders of the National Health Workers' Association of Liberia continued Thursday in the capital, Monrovia. It’s been more than a week since Liberian public health workers - primarily nurses - stopped showing up to work. They are staging the country’s first nationwide health care strike to protest the government’s...
(The Newdawn Liberia 08/01/13)
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors on Tuesday, July 30,endorsed a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Liberia for a four-year period. The CPS is aligned with Liberia's Agenda for Transformation (AfT), built around five strategic pillars focusing on economic transformation, improving governance and public institutions, supporting peace, justice, security and rule of law, human development and cross cutting issues such as youth empowerment, employment, gender, labor and health. The CPS will support selected elements of the AfT which will contribute to sustainable growth and poverty reduction, while at the same time address deep rooted causes of conflict and fragility in order to preserve past and future development gains. The Bank programming during the CPS period will focus on...
(Heritage 08/01/13)
USAID/Liberia's new Mission Director, John Mark Winfield, says teachers across the country play a pivotal role in the development of the country. In remarks at the 64th National convention of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) in Kakata, Margibi County, Mr. Winfield said rebuilding Liberia was hinged on education and emphasized that trained, qualified teachers were key to the process. The USAID Liberia Mission Director said the role of teachers in preparing Liberia's children for leadership should not be taken for granted and called for support to teachers by ensuring they had the means and the enthusiasm to do their jobs. "Education is not their responsibility alone... teachers need to be supported by government, as well as by their...
(This Day Live 08/01/13)
The World Bank Group committed a record $14.7 billion in fiscal year 2013 (July 2012 to June 2013) to support economic growth and better development prospects in Africa, despite uncertain economic conditions in the rest of the global economy. “The region has shown remarkable resilience in the face of a global recession and continues to grow strongly,” said World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Makhtar Diop. “Africa is at the centre of the World Bank Group 2030 goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity, in an environmentally, socially, and fiscally sustainable manner.” The World Bank Group, according to a release from its Nigeria office in Abuja, continued its strong commitment to Africa approving $8.25 billion in...
(Voice of America 07/31/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The United Nations’ AIDS agency is hailing what officials describe as significant progress in the fight against the epidemic in eastern and southern Africa. The report says AIDS-related deaths have declined dramatically and that the number of new infections has decreased - a direct result of more available treatment. But, they warned, challenges remain. Top health and aid officials praised the gains in the fight against AIDS in southern and eastern Africa - among them, a nearly 40 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths since 2005, and a 50 percent drop in new infections among children since 2001. The cause, they said was simple: The number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment has increased tenfold, from 625,000 in 2005 to...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/13)
LAGOS, July 31 | Wed Jul 31, 2013 (Reuters) - The chairman of African lender Ecobank Transnational (ETI) has repaid a set of loans he took from the bank and no company rules were broken by the transactions, Chief Executive Thierry Tanoh said on Wednesday. South African sovereign fund manager PIC, a 20 percent shareholder in the African bank, has said they would wait for the board of directors to investigate and draw conclusions over the allegations around debt taken out by chairman Kolapo Lawson on August 5. The lender itself has said previously that the loans, which the Financial Times reported were the subject of a boardroom battle, were performing. Tanoh said on Wednesday they were contracted two years...
( 07/31/13)
NAIROBI- Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are spending at least 13 percent of their annual budgets on health, according to data compiled by the UN World Health OrganiSation (WHO). While on aggregate spending on health has increased – up to 10.6 percent from 8.8 – about a quarter of African Union (AU) member-states have regressed and are now spending less on health than they were in 2001, adds the WHO data. Recently, the AU held another special summit on...
(CNN 07/31/13)
(CNN) -- A decade after Angola emerged from devastating civil war, the sea front road that winds around the bay of its capital, Luanda, is now dotted with multi-million dollar condominiums, exclusive clubs, and boutique stores catering for the country's elite. Most of Luanda's population, however, live in the nearby slums, where health facilities are non-existent and children must work, not study, to survive. Africa's natural resource wealth has certainly fueled a decade of rapid growth, but most Africans have still not seen the benefits. More urgently, rapid population growth combined with deepening inequality could one day prove explosive. It does not have to be this way, of course. Botswana successfully used its diamond wealth to develop quickly, growing from...
(Africa Review 07/30/13)
Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged Liberians to invest in agriculture to strengthen the post-war country's food security. "In the 1970s an entrepreneur like former minister of finance Steven Tolbert was able to produce eggs not only for local consumption, but also for export. During this same period, the Ministry of Agriculture, under the administration of Minister Florence Chenoweth, a project was introduced that gave more incentives to farmers to increase their production of rice," the Liberian leader said. President Johnson Sirleaf was speaking on Saturday when she dedicated a multi-million dollar poultry farm belonging to former Nigerian Olusegun Obasanjo in Gbah Town, Grand Cape Mount County located about 30 kilometres west of the capital Monrovia. The poultry farm,...
(Unhcr 07/30/13)
MONROVIA, Liberia, July 30 (UNHCR) – More than 10,000 Ivorians have returned home so far this year from Liberia with UNHCR help, almost double the figure for the whole of last year. The landmark was passed late last week. The refugees, mostly living in camps and communities in Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Maryland and River Gee counties in Liberia, have returned to areas such as Toulepleu, Tabou and Danane in western Côte d'Ivoire. The UN refugee agency, in collaboration with the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission and other partners, has been organizing road convoys for those wishing to return more than two years after fleeing post-election violence in Côte d'Ivoire. Those heading back from Maryland County cross the Cavalla River...

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