UHRI Launches ‘Citizens Initiative Registry’

first_imgThe executive director of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI), Joe Luamba, Jr has called on Liberians to join the newly established National Citizens Registry (NCR).In a press release issued in Monrovia last Friday, Luamba said the NCR is being launched to enable Liberians to fulfill their constitutional obligation by adding their names, voter registration and electoral districts to the national registry.  “This citizens’ initiative is consistent with the letter and spirit of Article I of the Liberian Constitution which states that ‘All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require,’” he said.He explained that the NCI Registry is open to all Liberian citizens to add their names, voter registration numbers, electoral districts, counties and phone numbers indicating to politicians that 167 years of statehood was necessary.When Liberian citizens value their opinions they must ensure that their servants in government follow their orders and in a situation where a government ceases to serve the common good of society, it becomes the duty of citizens to bring their servants under control.The NCR’s initiative, he said, “is a proven strategy that has successfully guaranteed that public servants remain servants instead of public masters in democracies and thisdates back to 5th century Greece.”He said the initiative is a process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the governing body and it exists in Switzerland, United States and the European Union.In order to return from the bottomless pit of despair, underdevelopment and lack of opportunities, Luamba said Liberian citizens must take the lead and begin trusting democratic ideas, not politicians, irrespective of their tribe, religion, education or social status. Luamba urged all Liberian citizens to register to vote as the first step on the path to peace, prosperity and unlimited equal opportunities for all citizens.  They must register at the National Citizens Initiative Registry by calling 0775718065 and the process will continue through email, sms texts, letters, facebook, and websites to be established by UHRI.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Secures US$3M for Youth Opportunities Program

first_imgLiberian delegation during engagements at IMF Spring Meetings 2019Rallies for support at IMF Spring Meetings Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah Jr., along with other officials of government has rallied for support on behalf of the Government of Liberia at the recent IMF/ World Bank Spring Meetings, in Washington, D.C. the United States of America.The event held from April 8-14, 2019, was under the theme “Invest in Your Future” and brought together central bankers, Ministers of Finance and Development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics who discussed issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.According to a release from Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Minister Tweah, as head of the delegation and other officials had discussions for possible investment in areas including the private sector, domestic revenue mobilization, digital economy and social safety net, which he said are aligned to the President George Manneh Weah’s Pro-poor agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).Accordingly, the World Bank had earlier earmarked US$106 million for three key sectors to include Education (US$50m), Water and Sewer (US$30m), and Public Financial Management (US$26m). The Liberian Government would have to develop a logical framework and a rationalized time-bound matrix for the utilization of the funds.The MFDP release says that support to water and sewer will focus on providing new pipes for the Pipeline water plant, while the Bank’s support to the educational sector will see the construction of additional schools in 24 districts as well as teachers’ quarters and science laboratories across the country.With regard to Public Financial Management, support will go towards setting up of an e-tax policy and system, e-procurement, and capacity development amongst others.Meanwhile, according to the MFDP, the government of Liberia is expected to adhere to the rigid requirements for its signing onto the IMF program. Once successful, the country could benefit from additional funds including budgetary support. To achieve this, the government will have to take strong measures towards macroeconomic reforms to include transparency in monetary and fiscal policies, reforming the over-bloated wage bill, governance, business climate, as well improving an enabling environment for agribusiness.There are indications, the MFDP release said, that government’s projected revenue for fiscal year 2019/2020 will fall short of expenditure, hence the need for serious austerity measures. More attention needs to be focused on the rationalization of both salaries and allowances within the public sector. There is not a coordinated approach in the payment of allowances in various ministries and agencies. Reforming the wage bill could be the first best approach for a government that inherited lots of debts from the previous government.It is expected that SOEs transparency and oversight could be another measure placed on the table by the IMF and WB. The government does not have a strong framework on how SOEs can contribute to the country’s budget processes. The international financial reporting standards require all SOEs to publish their financial statements on a periodic basis.While the government has made progress in resolving some of the binding constraints to the business climate, there is still a need for more reforms. Access to credit, resolving insolvency and enforcing contracts remain a challenge. The government has already banned import permits declaration, while at the same time making efforts to improve trading across borders.Conforming to the IMF program requires a rigorous self-assessment of the country’s macroeconomic policies as well as the politic will to implement these measures. While this process can be burdensome for developing countries, it can also offer opportunities for sustained economic growth and development, especially for a country that needs more support for infrastructure development and agriculture.Also featured at the just ended IMF/WB Springs Meeting in Washington D.C. were seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more