Quote: "Love is the passion to do what is right."
By Tiina Intelmann, EU Ambassador to Liberia
On 3 May the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day. The international day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. The step responded to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.
May 3rd is used to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, evaluate press freedom around the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. This year, the theme of Press Freedom Day is Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms - This is your Right!
On the 25th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, said that "the establishment, maintenance and fostering of an independent, pluralistic and free press is essential to the development and maintenance of democracy in a nation, and for economic development". Read more...
LIBTELCO purchase of NOVAFONE! It is Baked, it is a done deal!
It is being said in some circles that the LIBTELCO - NOVAFONE deal is a done deal, it is baked and that recruitment is already ongoing in the USA for the new managers of Novafone.
That may be so, it may be baked, but the people responsible for this blatant act of corruption can still be investigated and criminal charges filed against them. Accounts and Assets can still be frozen and questions asked, like was this sale approved by the Legislature?
But which one of the many authorities charged with protecting the interest of Liberia DARE to do their job?
• Libtelco Next Steps:
o Libtelco to privatize – stated end goal is 6/30/2016 -
• Coming – A Worse Private Monopoly? GoL has appointed ex-Dept of Finance executive to restructure Libtelco so that it, by the time of the national elections, is attractive to private investors.
o Libtelco is rapidly laying substandard ducts in Monrovia, with funded plans to extend 150km to Buchanan, a major port city
Broadband Challenges (Cont.)
• Monopoly Pricing
Libtelco charges $2.50/Meter/month for local access to Cable Landing, 3 times greater than Africa benchmarks. Hence, MNOs (2 major, 1 minor) and all 3 wireless ISPs back-haul to Cable Landing via microwave.
Libtelco and most providers charge retail $1,000/meg (although down from $4,000 in 2009). Libtelco is charging ‘as little’ as $700 to select clients.
• National Fiber Infrastructure: No concrete plan despite many studies since 2010.
o Roads still being built without ductwork. Read more...
The former international footballer George Weah will run for president of Liberia for a second time.
He said he had the "vision" to transform the country.
Mr Weah, who played for teams including Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea, was the highest-ranking African footballer in Fifa's list of greatest players of the 20th century.
His previous presidential bid, in 2005, was defeated by current president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Her second term in office will end in 2017 and under the country's constitution she cannot run again. Read more...
Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended the authorities Ministry of Education for taking a bold step in initiating a two-day Round Table Conference aimed at fostering a shared-vision for quality education in Liberia; ensure that all stakeholders feel consulted; guide Liberia towards developing a greater understanding of the challenges in education and the difficult decisions that need to be taken in a resource-constrained environment.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Thursday when she delivered the keynote address at the Education Round Table gathering at the Monrovia City Hall in Monrovia. She said "Our target is to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4; intended to allocate limited resources to ensure that as many Liberian children as possible get