Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Trump accompanied her father to earlier sessions before sitting in for him later In an unusual move Ivanka Trump briefly took her father Donald’s seat at a summit of world leaders on Saturday. The US president had stepped away for a meeting with the Indonesian leader during the G20 meeting. Ms Trump is officially an adviser to the president, but absences at the G20 are usually covered by high-ranking state officials.
-Says UN Envoy UNITED NATIONS — Liberia’s future as a stable democracy hinges on successful presidential and legislative elections in October and broad acceptance that they are free and fair followed by a smooth transfer of power, the U.N. envoy to the West African nation said Tuesday.
-As Concern Mounts About Nigeria’s Backslide From all indications, the Netanyahu affair was a project of President Sirleaf and Mr. Marcel Alain de Souza, President of the ECOWAS Commission, both of whom visited Israel before the Summit. During President Sirleaf’s visit she received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Haifa for her work on “Promoting women’s equality and other human rights issues”, so it wasn’t surprising at the end of her Chairmanship, she seized the opportunity to reciprocate the Israeli gesture by inviting Netanyahu to address the Summit in Monrovia.
In Liberia, the counties hardest-hit by Ebola—Lofa, Bomi, Bong, Margibi and Montserrado—are both poor and food insecure. At least 16% of the households surveyed in them were found by a 2015 emergency food assessment to be food insecure, with 18% using emergency coping strategies—or, in other words, reduced to begging to meet their needs for food. And, yet, together these counties are home to about 51% of Liberia’s population of some 4.5 million. So what lies behind this food scarcity? Liberia’s subsistence farming makes it hard for Liberians to compete on the market with cheaper food imports, and agriculture has suffered as a result of the 2014 Ebola outbreak and prolonged civil crises.
By Errol Graham Parliament in session, Liberia. Photo credit: FrontPageAfricaOnline Some say natural resources are a curse, others say they are neither curse nor destiny (see here and here for examples). The jury may still be deliberating on the evidence but, in the meantime, resource-rich, income poor countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and others need to find their way forward. They have to be responsive to the enormous needs of their populations or face dire consequences.
The World Bank has approved supplemental financing of $16.36 million for the Third Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation (PRSDPO-lll) for Liberia. This operation will help respond quickly to the country’s urgent needs generated by the twin shocks of the Ebola and the sustained slump in global commodity prices, in addition to the impact of withdrawal of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). These factors have worsened the already sharp economic downturn, with severe adverse consequences for employment and fiscal revenues.
But it also weakened the country’s fledgling government DRIVING through the Liberian countryside, on a rare paved highway, two kinds of roadside sign catch the eye. One advertises local Protestant churches. The other sort advertises the splendid work done by aid agencies. USAID, the European Union, Japan’s development agency and others take credit for this youth programme or that forest rehabilitation scheme. An unscientific survey suggests that the Americans are winning the battle of the boards. But USAID does not command Liberia’s prime location. The capitol building in Monrovia, which is being enlarged, is plastered with China Aid signs.
Kenya is the latest country to become a member of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a leading pan-African multilateral development finance institution and project developer. Kenya is AFC’s 15th member and third East African member after Rwanda and Uganda. AFC’s other members are: Cape Verde; Chad; Côte d’Ivoire; Djibouti; Gabon; the Gambia; Ghana; Guinea-Bissau; Guinea; Liberia; Nigeria and Sierra-Leone.
The Government of Liberia and TIDFORE (Hong Kong) Investment (LICEMCO) have signed an agreement to establish a steel plant in Liberia. The plant will transform raw iron ore and lime stones into steel and cement. According to an Executive Mansion release, in remarks at the signing ceremony, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reflected on the history of Firestone and a number of iron ore mining companies that started investing in Liberia in the 1920s and 1950s and how they have not been able to add value to the raw materials from Liberia.
The Publishers Association of Liberia (PAL) has successfully adopted its revised Constitution to effectively guide its operation. More than thirty (30) members of the Association converged on June 23, 2017 at the offices of the Hot Pepper Newspaper on Coleman Hill, Monrovia to adapt the modified Constitution.