At long last, the Government of Liberia concludes a two-week engagement and discussions on a wide range of issues with U.S. Government officials, the first major visit to Washington, DC since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in December 2019.
The Government of Liberia, represented by a high-level delegation, has concluded a two-week engagement and discussions with U.S. Government officials, Congressional leaders, business and influential leaders on a wide range of issues.
The delegation was led by the Minister of Finance, Samuel Tweah, and included the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Williametta Saydee-Tarr, the Minister of State without Portfolio, Trokon Kpui, and the Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Jefferson Koijee.
According to a release issued by the Ministry of Information, the group was supported by Liberia’s Ambassador accredited to the United States, George Patten.
The release noted that this is the Government’s first major visit to Washington, DC since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in December 2019.
The delegation updated U.S. officials, including Congressional leaders, about the progress of the administration of President George Weah, discuss critical challenges, and explore opportunities for increased Liberia–U.S. partnership.
The delegation held substantive meetings with several members of the United States House of Representatives including; Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chair of the House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and related programs under the appropriations committee; Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; and Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), the Majority Whip and the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives.
The delegation also met with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield and held wide-ranging discussions with officials at the Departments of State and Treasury, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Development Finance Corporation.
At the State Department, the delegation held talks with Michael Gonzales, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs, and with Madam Lisa Peterson, Acting Assistant Secretary and Scott Busby, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, both in the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
At Treasury, the delegation met with Eric Meyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa and the Middle East. At the MCC, the delegation met with Mamoud Bah, the Acting Chief Executive Officer, and other members of senior management.
The Liberian delegation emphasized President Weah’s and the Government’s strong commitment to a slate of macroeconomic and business climate reforms.
The delegation noted that if President Weah could achieve wage reforms through salary harmonization and standardization, an outcome that was difficult to achieve since the end of the war in 2003 because of its huge political risks, there is very little in the way of policy reform that the Government cannot accomplish.
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Nimba County Senator Jeremiah Koung embarks on a fifteen-day county-wide tour; as he preaches messages of peace, unity, and reconciliation to citizens of the county.
Nimba County Senator Jeremiah Kpan Koung has begun a fifteen-day countywide tour preaching message of peace, unity, and reconciliation to his people.
The National Elections Commission has since declared Senator Koung of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction as the ‘winner’ of the election in the county following a legal battle between his closest rival, Madam Edith Gongloe-Weh.
Madam Gongloe-Weh filed a formal complaint to the NEC citing ‘irregularities and fraud’ thereby calling for thorough investigations into the situation, but the legal battle which finally ended at the Supreme Court is said to have created high divisions in the county.
However, addressing cross-sections of Nimbaians over the weekend in Sokopa, and the Ganta United Methodist Gymnasium, Senator Koung assured all Nimbaians that he has nothing against anyone and his victory is for all Nimbaians.
According to him, it is time for Nimbaians to unite, saying everyone voted for him that’s while he is now the Senator of the county.
During every election nearing period; especially the Senatorial elections, division of the county always at the center of every discussion.
At the Gymnasium, all of the five major tribes of the county, (Mandingo, Gio, Krahn, Mano, and Gbi) were seen celebrating and merrymaking as they considered Senator Koung as a symbol of unity, peace, and genuine reconciliation in the county.
Former House Speaker, now Senator of Margibi County, Emmanuel Nuquay pledges his commitment to working with the Booker Washington Institute Workers Union to improve their living conditions.
Margibi County Senator Emmanuel Nuquay has pledged his commitment to working with the Booker Washington Institute Workers Union to improve their living conditions.
Speaking when served as guest speaker at the induction of the institution’s Workers Union leadership over the weekend in Kakata, Margibi County Senator Nuquay attributed his current life success to knowledge acquired at the Institution during his days as a student of the BWI.
The Margibi County Senator who pledged his initial cash support of one thousand United States dollars (US$1,000) to the Union called on the newly inducted leaders to discharge their duties with respect for the people they lead.
He also called on them to be leaders and not rulers of the people, which will make their leadership more vibrant.
For his part, the newly inducted president of the BWI Workers Union, Foday Rogers promised to use the first year of his current tenure to advocate for increase salary and other basic needs of workers of the Institution.
Rogers further frowned on the decision of the government in taking the autonomous status of the BWI.
MEANWHILE, the BWI Workers Union president encouraged his colleagues to unite with one voice in making sure that their welfares and concerns are addressed by the national government.
He said it is unacceptable for staff at the government-run institution to be earning less than US$125.00 despite the work they do.

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