Friday 20 October 2017
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to thank: in South Africa, a bumper corn harvest following the worst drought in more than a century saw the sector surge 34 percent from the prior quarter, while in Nigeria, where farming vies with industries as the second-biggest contributor to...
(Xinhuanet 09/04/17)
The African Union (AU) has deployed a long-term AU election observation mission in Liberia before the elections scheduled for October 10, AU announced in a statement on Monday. The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has approved the deployment of the mission to Liberia's presidential and legislative elections following the invitation from Liberia, according to the AU. Three core team analysts and ten long-term observers (LTOs) drawn from various AU member states were deployed in Liberia on Sept. 2. They will remain in the country until the announcement of final election results. The core team will meet regularly with stakeholders in Liberia, observe and report on the political context and technical preparations for the elections, said the statement...
(Daily Observer 09/04/17)
The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) says if the National Elections Commission (NEC) is to cultivate public confidence in the upcoming electoral exercises, then the commission should not only ensure that all the phases of the electoral process are executed in a more transparent manner, but also within the confines of the laws governing the elections. At a press conference in Monrovia on Friday, the ECC urged the NEC to ensure that none of the country’s laws are circumvented but rather adhered to by all stakeholders, especially political parties and independent candidates—with specific reference to the Constitution (Article 83d). ECC chairman Oscar Bloh called on the NEC to prevail upon all registered political parties who have not submitted detailed statements of...
(Daily Observer 09/04/17)
Since joining the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) in 1971, Liberia has for the first time launched a National Codex Committee, a body primarily responsible to ensure the development of national policies on food standards, safety, and international food trade issues. The CAC is an inter-governmental body with over 180 members within the framework of the Joint Food Standards Program established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WHO with the purpose of protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade. The setup of the committee came two months after the National Standards Act and Food Law were validated and submitted to the relevant government agency for passage to establish a functional and...
(Gnn Liberia 09/04/17)
Liberia has again achieved another milestone in Africa, with its Queen, Miss Liberia 2016/2017, Ambassador Wokie Dolo emerging victorious by capturing the space as 1st running up of the just ended Miss Africa in South Africa. Hundreds of congratulatory messages from Liberia and oversees have been pouring in the offices of the GNN Liberia since it was announced that their Queen, Ms. Dolo has indeed emerged as the 1st Runner Up of the just ended Miss Africa which was held in the Republic of South Africa. “Please extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to our beloved queen, Ms. Wokie Dolo for bringing pride to Liberia by emerging a 1st runner up of the most prestigious Miss Africa, we are proud...
(APA 09/04/17)
The Kenya Supreme Court overturning election result and President Sirleaf reportedly ignoring ruling Unity Party candidate's presidential bid dominate the headlines in the Monday, September 4 editions of liberian newspapers. The Kenya Supreme Court recently declared the result that declared President Uhuru Kenyatta winner. Following the ruling opposition, leader Raila Odinga said members of the electoral commission had committed a 'monstrous act against the people of Kenya, while an outraged President Kenyatta promised to dissolve the commission if elected in the upcoming polls. The Inquirer and Daily Observer newspapers published this story on their front pages under the respective captions: Kenya Supreme Court Overturns Elections Results-Kenyatta vows To 'Fix' Court as Win Quashed, and "Unmasking the Unforeseeable": What Does Kenya...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The worst may be over for Africa’s two largest economies as they likely emerged from a slump in the second quarter. Official data on Tuesday will probably show South Africa’s economy expanded in the three months through June, ending its second recession in less than a decade. Nigeria’s gross domestic product probably grew from a year earlier, and came out of its worst slump in a quarter of a century. South Africa and Nigeria together account for almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and their recoveries may boost trade and production across the region. The reasons differ: while Nigeria, the continent’s biggest oil producer, is benefiting from a rebound in crude output, stronger retail sales may help drive growth in...
(AL Jazeera 08/31/17)
President Sirleaf's promise to campaign for women candidates in Liberia's upcoming elections comes too little, too late. In a public statement earlier this month, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Africa's first woman elected head of state - vowed to campaign actively for female candidates running in presidential and legislative elections in October. While her pronouncement may appear praiseworthy, it is too little, too late. In this year's high-stakes elections - the country's third since the end of a devastating 14-year armed conflict - only 163 out of 1,026 (16 percent) approved candidates are women, including one running for president in a crowded field of over 20 men. This represents only a marginal increase since 2005 and 2011, when women...
(Myjoyonline 08/31/17)
Ghana will from next month begin importing timber from Liberia to help deal with what woodworkers say is the shortage of logs in the country. The Domestic Lumber Traders Association, the mother union of woodworkers in the country says the move is important to save the domestic wood industry from collapse as they are having difficulty getting timber locally to process. A five-member delegation from the union is currently in Liberia negotiating with players in the timber industry there for the release of thousands of cubic meters of the raw material to be sent to Ghana soon. From the Timber Market and Ofankor wood trading sites in Accra to the Sokoban Wood village in Kumasi, the woodworkers complain their sheds...
(Xinhuanet 08/31/17)
Cooperation between China and Africa has seen remarkable progress in renewable energy, showing the determination of developing countries to harness the huge potential of clean energy and combat climate change. China-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance, a coalition of financing institutions, smart grid providers and core manufacturers, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation with Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). "Africa has the highest potential for renewable energy, but the least access to it," said Seyni Nafo, chairman of AREI endorsed by the African Union Assembly. The MOU will enable the two parties to cooperate in renewable energy generation in Africa, with Chinese smart grid providers and core renewable energy manufacturers providing technological and financial support...
(The Newdawn Liberia 08/30/17)
Liberia is expected to deploy, in mid-September 2017, its first corrections peacekeepers to South Sudan. The five-member Liberian peacekeepers of three females and two males, will work with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This comes after a competitive vetting process by the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO) in collaboration with the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (BCR) of the Ministry of Justice, through a recommendation from UNMIL. Those selected are Samuel W. Godoe and Rachel Dewah Nathan, Chief and Deputy Trainer respectively of BCR
(The Newdawn Liberia 08/30/17)
The governing Unity Party (UP) and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) are throwing missiles at each other, including naming-calling, accusations and counter-accusations as campaign ahead of the October elections intensifies here. The polls are barely 40 days away, but the ruling party and the Coalition appear to be building up their respective political arsenals daily as demonstrated on Monday, 28 August during a live talk show when youths from the UP led by Vailie Dorley, descended on CDC standard bearer Senator Weah, describing the presidential hopeful as a “political buffoon.” He continues that Weah is inept and has failed in his duty as senator, saying Amb. Weah should learn how to speak well in public. Weah delivered a prepared...
(APA 08/30/17)
President Sirleaf honouring former Nigerian President Olusegun Obansanjo and the police probe of suspected assassins dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Wednesday. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has honoured former Nigerian President Olusegun Obansanjo for his positive contributions to Liberia during his tenure as president. She praised the former president for promoting the sisterly relationship that existed between the two West African countries as leader of Nigeria. At the programme, held on Tuesday at President Sirleaf’s temporary office at the Foreign Ministry, the Liberian leader also launched a book authored by the former Nigerian President Titled: MAKING AFRICA Work. The Inquirer newspaper published this story as its front page banner headline under the caption: Ellen Honours Obansanjo. The authorities of...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One Thousand & One Voices LLC, a private-equity fund started by the great-grandson of the founder of Coors Brewing Co., said it bought a producer of sushi-quality trout that is the largest such facility in Africa. SanLei’s operations are on the Katse Dam in Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South Africa, 1K1V, as the fund is known, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The company didn’t disclose the value of the transaction. SanLei has secured a marketing and distribution agreement with CGC Japan Co., which has more than 4,000 stores and collective revenue of more than $40.5 billion, making it Japan’s largest joint-procurement supermarket chain, 1K1V said. The fund has been hunting for private-equity investments that tap Africa’s growing consumer...
(APA 08/29/17)
The Head of United Nations Office for West Africa States (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas has on Tuesday observed that the October elections in Liberia are crucial not only for the country but for the sub-region as a whole. Dr. Chambas stated that these elections are the first in a series of transitions in the sub-region, especially in the MRU countries which are Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire, where the Heads of states are all serving their second and final terms in office. He said Liberia should, therefore, set the pace in a positive note in these transitions so that this time around Liberia can have a positive spillover effect unlike the negative spillover effect of the civil...
(Front Page Africa Online 08/29/17)
Foreign Minister, Marjon Kamara and the head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Liberia, Tiina Intelmann, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning observation of the 2017 presidential and representatives’ elections – one final act as head of the EU Delegation to Liberia. Ms. Intelmann leaves the country shortly after a successful two and half year stint as head of the EU Delegation to Liberia. According to a Foreign Ministry release, the MoU signed between the Government of Liberia and the European Union at the Foreign Ministry on Monday, August 28, 2017 is based on an invitation
(Front Page Africa Online 08/29/17)
The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will facilitate cooperation in sharing knowledge for improving tax administration. LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba and RRA Commissioner General Richard Tusabe signed the MOU on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in the Rwandan capital Kigali. The MOU was signed when CG Tamba led a knowledge-sharing mission to the RRA to learn from their counterparts who were established about 20 years ago and is now a point of reference for certain good achievements . The LRA was established 3 years ago. The MOU will guide the two revenue authorities in various areas of cooperation, notably in technical capacity building in areas where...
(The News 08/29/17)
The National AIDS Commission of Liberia (NAC) has reported an increased in the number of persons infected with HIV in Liberia. The Commission disclosed that the number of persons living with HIV has now jumped from 33,000 to 43,200, with the prevalence rate at 2.1%, In a release, the Commission said the new figure represents the finalized Spectrum 2017 Estimates and published by the National AIDS Control Program of the Ministry of Health. Spectrum is a software of the Joint Nations Programme HIV and AIDS that estimates different HIV indicators within the country. A release from the National AIDS Commission said of 43,200 persons infected with HIV, 24,000 are women, while 15,000 are men. The release said 39,000 of the...
(APA 08/29/17)
The Defense Minister rubbishing the claim of an assassination plan by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of George Weah and political activities dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Tuesday. Defense Minister Brownie Samukai says the prevalence of lying by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of George Weah demonstrates its irresponsibility to lead and urged Liberians not to entrust such political party with state power. Addressing journalists at his Barclay Training Center office in central Monrovia on Monday, Samukai rubbished the recent allegation made by the CDC of an assassination plan as well as the ill health of the Vice President. Samukai said it would be sad for the Liberian people to consider that sitting Liberian government officials...
(APA 08/29/17)
A two-day seminar organized by ECOWAS, UNOWAS and the MRU partnering for peaceful elections in Liberia is ongoing in Monrovia. According to the ECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia, Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, the objective of the seminar is to establish a joint platform of ECOWAS, the MRU and UNOWAS to coordinate initiatives that would promote dialogue, confidence building and trust among political actors before, during and after the elections. Ambassador Ajisomo said it is also intended to create a joint ECOWAS/MRU/ UNOWAS and civil society monitoring mechanism to detect early signs of electoral violence and provide timely response to prevent their escalation. He stressed that the platform is intended to strengthen international cooperation and collaboration in supporting Liberia throughout the election...

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