President Sirleaf Off To Conakry, Guinea for One-Day Mano River Union Summit Friday; WHO Director-General Margaret Chan Will Be In Attendance
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA - Thursday, July 31, 2014) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf departs the country early Friday morning, August 1, 2014 to participate in a one-day Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Mano River Union (MRU) in the Guinean capital, Conakry.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, Sierra Leonean President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and host President, Dr. Alpha Conte, who also chairs the Union, will exchange experiences and views as to how to combat the deadly Ebola Viral Disease that is ravaging the three countries.
They will be joined by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, who will launch a new joint US$100 million response plan as part of an intensified international, regional and national campaign to bring the outbreak under control. Full story...
Vice President Boakai Departs for Washington, D.C., to Attend Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Hosted by President Obama; President Sirleaf Tackles Ebola at Home
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA -- Friday, August 1, 2014) - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., representing Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, departed the country on Friday, August 1, to join African Heads of State and Government at the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Barack Obama of the United States of America.
Days before she was to travel to the U.S. capital, Washington D.C. for the Summit, President Sirleaf announced that she would remain at home to oversee efforts to control the deadly Ebola viral disease that is spreading in Liberia and has killed over 100 Liberians. In that connection, the President On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, launched the National Action Plan presented to the National Task Force on Ebola and announced an initial contribution of US$5 million by the government to begin the immediate implementation of the Action Plan. Full story...
‘This Has Been A Very Difficult Year, But We Still Have A Lot To Be Thankful For,’ President Sirleaf
(MONROVIA. LIBERIA – Sunday, July 27, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the year 2014 by all accounts has been a very difficult year; however, as unfortunate as the year has been so far, Liberians still have a lot to be thankful for.
“We have had a serious budget shortfall, depreciation in the exchange rate, flooding from climate change and other man-made interventions, the sharp decline in the price of rubber which has further offset the balance of trade, and more sadly the spread of the deadly Ebola virus which has already claimed the lives of more than 100 of our countrymen,” the Liberian leader enumerated.
Despite the hiccups facing the country, Liberians still have a lot to be thankful for, President Sirleaf said. “The productive sectors in large scale agriculture and mining have generally resolved land issues and are accelerating operations. Liberia is on course to meet Millennium Development Goals - Goal No 4 in recognition of the best record in reducing child mortality,” the Liberian leader catalogued, adding, “We expect to meet the required number of indicators on our MCC Index ensuring our participation in President Obama’s Power Africa Program. Landmark cases on human trafficking and corruption have been tackled and won by the Justice System. Additional communities are getting electricity and we expect the cost to go down when the HFO plants come on stream at the end of this year. Having concluded financing arrangements, we await the dry season to show significant progress in improving our air and sea ports and the continuation in the construction of primary roads.” Full story...
Special Statement by the Chair of the National Task Force on Ebola, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
During my remarks on Saturday, at our Independence Day Celebration, I announced that we now face a National Emergency as a result of the deadly Ebola menace. I also announced the establishment of a National Task Force which I would chair along with the Minister of Internal Affairs in his role as Chairman of the National Disaster Relief Commission. The Task Force will give support to the Technical Team headed jointly by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare and the Country Representative of the World Health Organization. Full statement...
Transformation of our Minds, Attitudes and Behaviors
Elizabeth Davis-Russell, EdD, PhD
As Liberia rebuilds itself after several years of civil war, it is faced with many competing priorities. Infrastructure development, roads and bridges that were torn apart need to be rebuilt. Education needs attention, as does providing healthcare. The list goes on. However, little or no attention is paid to the transformation of minds, attitudes and behaviors.
This presentation raises the need to focus on the human factor. How do we shift from a warring mentality to one that fosters peace? What are the values upon which this new Liberia needs to be built? It looks to the Constitution for some of the values that are embedded within it, and proposes a restoration of some of those that can point the direction for the nation. It challenges the common practice of leadership often build upon self-aggrandizement and proposes a model of servant leadership.
Three entities working in concert with one another are proposed as suitable for bringing about this kind of transformation; the family, education, and society generally. Full speech...
Ministry of Commerce Purchases Local Rice to Endorse 25% Local Procurement Act
Monrovia—The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has purchased 100 bags (5 MT) of rice grown in Liberia from local rice processor, Fabrar Liberia, as part of the MoCI’s initiative to support the Government of Liberia (GoL) in requiring GoL entities to set aside at least 25% of all public procurement opportunities for Liberian businesses.
The Small Business Empowerment Act would provide a lucrative opportunity for rice farmers and processors. Each year, the GoL procures large quantities of rice for government employees, school feeding programs, and various humanitarian assistance projects amounting to over 70,000 bags annually (approximately 3,500 MT). Previously, that rice was supplied entirely by foreign imports due to a lack of domestic supply. Full story...