Saturday 16 December 2017
(The News 06/04/13)
Amid reports that certain high lever officials of the Liberian government have had discussions with India's second largest steelmaker, Jindal, an investigation into the activities and operations of the company have uncovered that the company appears not to have the financial capacity operate Wologizi, Liberia's largest reserve of iron ore. A report published by Indian media quoted four individuals said to be knowledgeable with the matter, wondered where the company will get US$2 billion to invest in Wologisi when they are borrowing US$400 million dollars for expansion. The report posted on Bloomberg indicated that Jindal Steel & Power (JSP), the second-biggest steelmaker in that country, hired banks to arrange a US$400 million loan. The five-year term facility may pay an...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/04/13)
There are still much too few women in technology and in information and communications technologies (ICT) - in Liberia and around the world. Regardless of whether this is due to stereotypes, fears or lack of opportunities, this gender gap needs to be closed. To help in this, iLab Liberia, a non-profit operating in the field of ICT, is starting its Girls in ICT program, which provides a training opportunity to over 100 young Liberian women. The program, funded by Google RISE program, was one of four African awardees and one of thirty awards given worldwide. Two Google representatives from the US and Ghana will be visiting Liberia Monday June 3 - Tuesday June 4. The press is invited to visit...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/03/13)
Liberia has managed to attract about $18 billion in foreign investment; Finance Minister Amara Konneh told an Allafrica.com interview recently. While in Washington to take part in the U.S.-Liberia Partnership Dialogue earlier in May, Minister Amara Konneh outlined key elements of the strategy in an AllAfrica.com interview on government's goal to becoming a middle-income country by 2030. "The environment is conducive now. Already, we have managed to attract about US$16 to US$18 billion in foreign investments because of some of these indicators that I have talked about," he said. Minister Konneh said Liberia has attracted some big agriculture companies in the oil palm sector, and there is potential for other agricultural activities, which he said are reason for which the...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/03/13)
As events got under way at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), in Yokohama, Japan, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday 31 May addressed the Africa Symposium, where she discussed the potential for enhancing Japan-Africa partnership through the private sector. Addressing the symposium organized by JETRO, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the City of Yokohama and the World Bank Group, President Sirleaf cited statistics for which she said Africa, the third fastest growing region in the world. She said the Africa is rising and is the most attractive for foreign investment which rose to US$48 billion in 2013. The Liberian President acknowledged that this growth and investment in Africa has not produced the...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/03/13)
The Government of Liberia through the National AIDS Commission and partners have finalized the Mid-Term Review of Liberia's National Response to HIV aimed at advancing progress on the prevention of HIV and AIDS with specific emphasis placed on pregnant women, women of childbearing age and most at-risk populations (MARPs). The extensive areas of intervention were approved at a validation workshop held 27th March 2013, attended by 32 persons from the Government of Liberia, United Nations, and Civil Society Organizations. The Review was conducted following two years of implementation of the National Strategic Framework II, High Level Meeting Ten Targets (Political Declaration) and the Global Fund HIV program which aims to scale up HIV prevention, treatment, care, support and gender equality...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/03/13)
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has promptly instructed his staff to “reopen” diplomatic mission in Liberia in response to an appeal by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Executive Mansion has said. “In response to an appeal by President Sirleaf that Japan should reopen its diplomatic mission in Liberia, Prime Minister Abe promptly instructed his staff to do so,” an Executive Mansion release said. In bilateral talks with Prime Minister Abe in Yokohama, Japan on Friday, May 31, 2013, the release said they agreed to initiate a Policy Dialogue between the two governments later this year, following the success of the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development. A dispatch from Yokohama said the Prime Minister assured President Sirleaf of Japan-funded projects...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/03/13)
Presiding Judge Blamo Dixon of the Criminal Court "B" at the Temple of Justice has denied a motion of summary proceeding filed by defense lawyers in the extradition case of eight alleged Ivorian mercenaries who are also charged with mercenarism, murder, arson, theft of property and criminal conspiracy. The motion of summary proceeding filed by the defense lawyers during a recent hearing into the case called on presiding Magistrate Nelson Chineh from making further judgment into the case as his court lacks jurisdiction over the case. Before the motion of summary proceeding into the case was filed, lawyers representing the eight alleged Ivorian mercenaries led by human rights lawyer Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe argued that it was against international laws to...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/03/13)
The ACP-EU joint parliamentary Assembly delegation Friday concluded their three-day fact finding visit to Liberia and presented its findings to the Government of Liberia during which it lamented the lack of prosecution in corruption cases in the post-war nation. Addressing reporters at the en d of the visit, Mr. Louis Michel Co-President of the ACP-EU said: "We have of course raised the issue of corruption. We know that corruption in this country is probably high and we have no doubt that all the authorities we met are fully engaged in fighting corruption but we also underline the realities between the speeches and public commitment there are rather a few cases that are prosecuted." The EU executive blamed this on the...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(The New Republic 05/30/13)
The breadth of remonstrance now being demonstrated by African leaders against what they regard as “stings” of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the African Continent is evoking cross-continental concerns. Experts are beginning to hint that African leaders were just being overwhelmed by fear, rather than to be seen as defending the continent and leaders indicted by the ICC for various crimes against humanity. “African leaders should be concerned by the atrocities, bad governance, and human rights violations that continue to plague the continent. It is not the ICC that is creating the problem, rather Africans themselves are responsible for the problems,” a professor on law at an American University told the BCC yesterday. He also argued it would be...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/30/13)
Five occupants of a three-bed-room house on Tweh Farm, Bushrod Island are reported dead after fire gutted their home early Wednesday, May 29, 2013. The victims have been identified as members of one family, including three females and two males. A next door neighbor Aphonso Kpaka, who was on the scene of the incident, said the fire started at about 12:45 in the morning when he heard cries for help coming from the house. Kpaka said when he came out to establish what was happening; he saw the three-bed-room house engulfed in a raging fire. He told reporters that residents of the community immediately called the Liberia National Fire Service. However, he added that the fire service delayed in arriving...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/30/13)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed sadness and sympathy to affected families after receiving disturbing reports of the devastating rainstorm that left hundreds homeless in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County last weekend. In a Dispatch from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Sirleaf expressed her sincere sympathy to the distressed families and instructed the chairman of the National Disaster Relief Commission (NDRC), who’s also Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Morris Dukuly, to immediately work with the county leadership and those affected to see how speedy relief can be brought to the victims. The Liberian leader made the assertion on Tuesday, May 28, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia before departing for Yokohama, Japan on the second-leg of her three-nation intergovernmental engagement...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Front Page Africa Online 05/29/13)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed her pleasure that narratives on Africa are changing, and that these new narratives are a clear testimony that Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance have brought the continent closer together, thereby changing the narratives of doom to those of opportunities, progress and development. According to a dispatch from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, President Sirleaf made the comments following a debate on “Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance,” as part of celebrations marking the Golden Jubilee of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), on Saturday, May 25. Panelists included: the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Donald Kaberuka, who spoke on the continent’s...
(Front Page Africa Online 05/29/13)
The head of a Chinese agriculture delegation to the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) Tuesday said China remains a strong partner to Liberia's food security drive and will do all it can in ensuring that local Liberian farmers adopt methods that will make Liberia capable of feeding itself. Yang Yi, director of foreign economy at the Ministry of Agriculture, made the remarks Tuesday when their delegation inspected the Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration (CATD) center in Suakoko, Bong County. Yi admonished Liberian farmers at the center to maintain commitment in order to make Liberia a sustainable food-producing nation. Yi said Liberia's quest of becoming a sustainable food-producing country needs continued partnership with China and requires the collective efforts of all farmers...
(Front Page Africa Online 05/29/13)
Monrovia - Reports filtering in to FrontPageAfrica indicate that the Minister of Public Works Samuel Kofi Woods has already tendered in his resignation to his employer President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. But what is more glaring and seems to insinuate an exit strategy is Wood’s comments made on Thursday at a signing ceremony between the Liberian government and its Chinese counterpart of a memorandum of understanding through the Chinese construction company China Henan International Cooperation Group (CHICO) to give Caldwell Township a new bridge . The Works minister in his tribute to his mentor the late Catholic Arch Bishop Michael Francis insinuated a plan to leave government and embark on a journey to fulfill the late Bishop’s aspirations. “This is an...

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