Inspiration of the week: "Treating the poor with mercy, justice, and compassion ensures greater social cohesion than the wisdom of many advisors."
Liberian Girls Celebrates World Book Day by Opening The Jungle Reading Room
Monrovia, Liberia - The Association for the Advancement of Liberian Girls Organization (AALG) in collaboration with the HOPE Empowerment Temple AME Church, celebrated UN World Book Day on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, by opening its first Children’s Reading Room – The Jungle Reading Room. The Jungle Reading Room is located inside the HOPE Empowerment Temple AME Church at Sophie Junction in Congotown, Liberia. Full story...
How to Raise Financially Literate Child
How Much One Saves is More Important Than How Much One Makes
Every parent starts out with an inextricable desire to raise a child who is more successful than the parent. Regardless of how good that parent had it growing up, he or she wants the child to have an easier path than the one the parent traveled. This aspiration is as ageless as time itself. It transcends religion, race, culture, and nationality.
Parents everywhere love their children as much as parents anywhere. Just don't tell that to offspring of African parents; we believe our parents are the most loving parents on earth. That mindset is largely based on the fact our parents overcame multitudinous hardship to raise us. However, history teaches us, some (if not most) of the difficulties people experience in life are self- or society-inflicted. The afflictions come in form of corruption, civil war, having more mouths than one can feed, broken homes, intolerance, avarice, poor health and financial habits. There are things one can do to ameliorate these problems and attain successful individual results. One of the keys to a better outcome is practicing sound financial habits. It's not only a matter of one knowing what to do but also implementing what one knows. Full story...
At Least 6 Dead - Baby Girl, Fire Fighters, Looters Fall Victim to Fire - Industrial Building Collapse
Monrovia - At least six people including a one-year-six-month-old girl have died and three others injured in the collapsed three-storey housing the Happy Home/ Fouani Brothers commercial complex near Water-Side in Monrovia.
The six dead persons includes two fire fighters of the National Fire Service of Liberia, a private security guard hired by occupants of the building, to provide security for the premises, a one-year-six-month- old girl and two alleged looters who took advantage of the situation to steal. FrontpageAfrica was able to gather only the names of the two fire fighters as Nathaniel Wesseh, and Francis Slewon. Full story...
LPRC DECENTRALIZES THE DOWNSTREAM PETROLEUM SECTOR
In a move to expand the constant supply of petroleum products on the national market, the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (“LPRC”) has signed an agreement with Petro Trade/Sultan Steel for the rehabilitation and operation of the Ganta Oil Terminal (“GOT”) located in the City of Ganta, Nimba County.
This state-of-the-art facility will include an automated loading gentry, environmental and fire-fighting system, a petroleum testing laboratory and a new pump house. It will be used to store Liberia’s national strategic oil reserve and provide petroleum products to customers in Nimba, Bong, Lofa, Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties. Full story...
Opening Message by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf To MSMEConference 2013:
From Vision to Implementation
Buying Liberian, Building Liberia
On “Government’s Commitment to MSME Growth”
Let me join the previous speakers in welcoming all of you, particularly our foreign visitors, to Liberia’s first Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Conference.
Special thanks to the conference hosts – the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and all of its partners – the International Finance Corporation, the U.S. Agency for International Development and its Food and Enterprise Development Program, the Business Start-up Center-Monrovia, and the Liberia Better Business Forum. We thank you for this important initiative and hope that this will create a platform for new beginnings for medium and small-sized enterprises. Full speech ...
Liberia’s First MSME Conference Opens; President Sirleaf Announces US$1 Million Fund to Improve Access to Finance, One-Time Tax Clearance Waiver
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Wednesday, April 24, 2013) Liberia’s first Conference on Micro, small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) opened in Monrovia on Wednesday, April 24, bringing together hundreds of entrepreneurs, bankers, microfinance institutions, investors, development partners and civil society organizations to take stock of the MSME sector and consider measures to support sustainable MSME development to promote growth and lead to jobs for Liberians.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in opening the MSME Conference and Trade Fair, spoke of her government’s commitment to MSME growth. The President announced the establishment of the Liberia Innovation Fund for Entrepreneurship (LIFE), totaling US$1 million – US$500,000 from the government, matched equally by US$500,000 from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) – to help improve MSME access to finance. Full story...
President Issues Executive Order No. 50, Halting Export of Unprocessed Natural Rubber
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Thursday, April 18, 2013) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued Executive Order No. 50 placing a moratorium on the exportation of unprocessed natural rubber from Liberia until otherwise ordered.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Executive Order No. 50, signed by the Liberian leader on April 5, is intended to curb the decline in the Liberian rubber sector until policies and frameworks appropriate to the situation are instituted, and to ensure redevelopment, new development, increased production, increased job opportunities and increased revenue to Government. It supersedes Executive Order No. 16, which expired recently. Full order...
GAC ON A PARADIGM SHIFT: AN OBJECTIVE AND CONCISE ANALYSIS OF THE GENERAL AUDITING COMMISSION SINCE 2007
There is a common saying that ‘if you refuse to assess historical fact and interpret its antecedents, you are inherently bound to repeat it.’ Equally so, it is a historical truism that “historical facts never speak for themselves for they need to be embedded in some historical context” (Elliot D. Cohen, 1992). Full analysis
President Sirleaf Nominates Judges to Courts in Sinoe, Lofa and River Gee Counties
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA, Wednesday, April 17, 2013) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, continuing with the nomination of officials to positions in government, has named the following persons within the Judicial Branch of Government, subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate: Full story...