Thursday 22 June 2017
(APA 12/13/16)
Several West African leaders have arrived in Gambia to urge the country's leader to respect elections that voted him out of power after 22 years. President Yahya Jammeh initially conceded defeat but late last week announced he was rejecting the Dec. 1 vote results. He alleges voting irregularities. Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is heading the meetings with Jammeh on Tuesday. Other leaders include Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Ghana President John Mahama, who also was just voted from office. The West African regional bloc has warned that Gambia could be plunged into violence if Jammeh doesn't respect a peaceful transition. The United States and other countries have called on Jammeh, whose government has...
(APA 12/13/16)
A three-day ECOWAS cross-border health conference on epidemic-prone diseases has opened in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Monday. The conference focuses on strengthening regional disease surveillance and response steps of ECOWAS member countries. Speaking during the opening ceremony, Liberia’s Assistant Minister for Curative Services, Dr. Catherine Cooper, said Liberia is delighted to have been selected to host such an important meeting on cross-border approach to address epidemics. She said Liberia has realized that epidemics have no border, and as such it is important for countries in the region to collaborate and strategize in combating and preventing diseases. According to Dr. Cooper, the Ebola outbreak in the Mano River Union clearly indicates that no country can succeed in fighting any outbreak...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad, tourism appears to be weathering the country's political storm far better than the thousands of petty traders who move to The Gambia from the rest of west Africa. President-elect Barrow told AFP on Monday claims that tourist numbers could be...
(AFP (eng) 12/09/16)
Liberia's government has asked the United Nations to extend its peacekeeping mission in the west African country for another year, until the next president takes office. "Liberia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lewis Brown, on behalf of his Government, is proposing one year for the extension of the United Nation's Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)," the president's office said in a press release sent to AFP on Thursday. Liberians will be going to the polls next year to elect a new president, as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ends her second and final term. Government forces and rebel groups raped, maimed and massacred hundreds of thousands of people during two conflicts between 1989 and 2003. UN peacekeepers, first deployed in October 2003,...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA (National Security Agency) operative Edward Snowden, originally given to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, offer unprecedented insight into information on twenty African countries collected by GCHQ, the British intelligence service, between 2009 and 2010. Dozens of lists of intercepts examined...
(APA 12/08/16)
The ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Dr. Fatimata Dia Sow, has disclosed that the commission is in a partnership discussion in charting preparedness measures that will deal with challenges posed by Ebola should it occur again in the region. She was speaking Wednesday at a ceremony in Monrovia during which she presented US$70,000 to Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell for the acquisition of food and non-food items for surviving victims of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The report is a result of recommendations by the technical team of the commission for urgent provision of relief materials, including food and non-food items, for survivors of victims of EVD. It would be recalled that Ebola claimed the...
(APA 12/08/16)
Experts from the European Union have arrived in Liberia to help train Liberian fisheries inspectors and monitoring personnel, APA learns here Thursday. The two-day capacity building event which commenced in Monrovia on Thursday According to a statement issued here by the organizers, representatives of the European Commission, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EPCA), the Spanish Fishing Monitoring Center, the Liberian Fishing Monitoring Center and the Liberia Bureau of National Fisheries, will participate in the training. Upon the request of Liberia, the training will focus on remote tracking of tuna vessels. Participants will reinforce their knowledge of vessel monitoring tools such as the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and the satellite-based Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). The training has been organized within the...
(APA 12/08/16)
The Liberian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassel, is urging Liberian women to join political parties to contest the 2017 presidential and legislative elections. Speaking at a three-day Liberian Women’s Manifesto Framework Conference in Monrovia which ends Thursday, Minister Cassel stated that it will not be wise for female candidates to contest as independent candidates, noting that contesting on political party tickets will boost their chances of winning the elections. She noted that Liberian women always support their male counterparts in political party activities to win legislative elections, but are not recognized for key positions in these parties. She observed that none of the 22 political parties accredited by the National Elections Commission (NEC) has a...
(APA 12/08/16)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to the government and people of Tanzania on the occasion of their 55th Independence Anniversary. December 9, popularly known as Siku ya Unuru, is celebrated each year in Tanzania as its Independence Day. A former German colony then known as Tanganyika, in 1918, it became a British mandated territory when the German colonisers were chased away during the First World War. On December 9, 1961, Tanganyika got its freedom from British rule. Later in 1964, it merged with the island of Zanzibar to become the United Republic of Tanzania. According to a Foreign Ministry statement, President Sirleaf, in her message to the President of Tanzania, Mr. John Pombe Magufuli, on...
(APA 12/08/16)
Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says Trade Liberalization in the ECOWAS sub-region is the necessary first step towards economic integration. According to a presidential mansion statement issued on Thursday in Monrovia, President Sirleaf made the statement on Wednesday, when she met a delegation of ECOWAS Task Force on Trade Liberalization Scheme at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia and received updates on the team's assessment mission. She praised the delegation for the assessment conducted as well as providing the necessary updates. She indicated that the assessment by the Task Force is appreciated by the government and people of Liberia. According to the statement, the assessment mission focused on reinforcing economic integration in West Africa as well as the need for...
(APA 12/07/16)
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General at the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Farid Zarif, has urged the Liberian government to strive to implement the Agenda For Transformation(AFT). Representative Zarif said transforming the living condition of ordinary Liberians across the country will ensure the impact of the government and the international community’s assistance after UNMIL's departure. The UNMIL boss made the observation Tuesday at a one-day Mid-Term Review Retreat by the government and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework held in Monrovia. He noted that the government and partners have developed significant policy documents
(APA 12/07/16)
Liberia's Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFPD), Boima Kamara, has reiterated that Liberia is experiencing serious economic difficulties. Kamara, who made the disclosure on Tuesday at a one-day Government of Liberia and the United Nations Development Assistances Framework (UNDAF) Mid-Term Review Retreat Concept Note and Agenda held in Monrovia, noted the Liberian economy has been experiencing difficulties for three successive years now since 2014. According to him, for the past three years the Liberian economy has grown at an average of zero percent as a result of the impact of the Ebola epidemic on the economy and the reduction of the prices of iron ore and rubber-the country's major export earners- on the world market. He stressed that the...
(APA 12/07/16)
As Liberia begins the domestication of the Global Agenda 2030, the African Agenda 2063 and the formulation of the Second Agenda for Transformation (AfT-II), representatives of the United Nations country team, including the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), have held a partnership dialogue with senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The dialogue, initiated by Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara, was intended to help the government understand and facilitate the work of these UN agencies in Liberia including overcoming the challenges they encounter. According to a Foreign Ministry statement issued here Tuesday, the partnership dialogue took place recently in Monrovia. As the Foreign Ministry serves as the intermediary between the government and the diplomatic and consular corps including United...
(APA 12/07/16)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the efforts of her Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari in finding peace in the West Africa sub-region. According to a dispatch from Abuja, the Liberian leader made the commendation during a press briefing at the Presidential Palace in Abuja where she had gone to consult with President Buhari. President Sirleaf described the Nigerian leader as a man of great honor and statesmanship who she said can always be counted on for a piece of advice. She said his advice will continue to be cardinal to the sustenance of peace and stability in the sub-region. She commended President Buhari for his unrelenting support to ECOWAS in furtherance of its goals and aspirations in the interest...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(Gnn Liberia 12/06/16)
Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday of this week, December 5, 2016 held a closed door meeting with the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari on sub-regional security challenges ahead of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa slated for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. The Liberian leader who is also the current Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), is expected to brief President Buhari on efforts made to curb terrorism in the sub-region. NAN further reports that the two leaders may also discuss other issues bordering on sub-regional integration and bilateral trade. The Liberian President, who arrived Abuja on Sunday on...
(APA 12/06/16)
The ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Dr. Fatimata Dia Sow is on Wednesday scheduled to pay a one-day working visit to Liberia during which she will meet with Liberia’s Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell in Monrovia. A statement issued here Tuesday says that as part of her engagements, Dia Sow will make official delivery of an ECOWAS humanitarian assistance for vulnerable people and orphans affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). A two-minute silence in memory of those who lost their lives to the EVD is expected to be observed during the presentation. Minister Cassell, who also chairs ECOWAS gender activities, is expected to discuss with Commissioner Dia Sow regional gender issues. The...
(Front Page Africa Online 12/06/16)
Leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) Simeon Freeman Monday returned to Liberia nine months after exiling himself - accusing the government of holding as enemies, people who criticize its actions. “I am not an enemy of the state as it is being displayed by this government. Those who steal millions of dollars and the Presidents protect them are the enemy of the state, not us who talk about the ills in society” – Simeon Freeman Freeman fled the Liberia nine months ago after being declared wanted by government for making statement which was considered threat to national security. Upon the shocking death of former Managing Director of Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LRPC) Harry Greaves whose remains was found...
(Front Page Africa Online 12/06/16)
The Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions of English-Speaking Africa (AFROSAI-E), has awarded the General Auditing Commission - Liberia’s Supreme Audit Institution or SAI for being the first in the region to conduct the IT Audit Self-Assessment. AFROSAI-E also awarded the GAC for consistently prioritizing IT Audit development. The ‘Award of Recognition’ to Liberia was recently received by the Auditor General of Liberia, Yusador Gaye in South Africa at a ceremony under the auspices AFROSAI-E. “This Award goes to SAI-Liberia for being the first SAI in the region to conduct the IT Audit Self-Assessment and consistently prioritizing IT Auditing development,” the Award of Recognition AFRICA-E read. In remarks during the ceremony, Auditor General Yusador S. Gaye, on behalf of the GAC...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...

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