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Government of Liberia announces additional extension to halt the spread of COVID – 19 in the country

His Excellency Dr.George Manneh Weah

The Government of Liberia has announced an additional two-week extension of restrictions intended to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
During the ensuing period, the public is now required to be indoors at 6 p.m., instead of the previous 3 p.m.
President George M. Weah has said the easing of measures became necessary in light of the new global reality and the advice of local health authorities.
Under the updated guidelines, restaurants, stores selling food commodities, dry goods, building materials and electronic appliances, will be allowed to open provided they take in 25% of their full occupancy at a time while observing social distancing.
The President has also instructed the joint security to enforce the mandatory wearing of masks in all public spaces and ensure full compliance. The government will take the appropriate legal action in cases of violation of any these measures.
President Weah has revealed that the new measures will be assessed again in the near future in order to determine their effectiveness and the need for further easing – given the urgency of opening up the economy so that possible shocks from the global pandemic can be mitigated.
Nonetheless, the President also said that the preservation of lives remains the foremost priority of his administration, so any future decisions will be made with that in full consideration.
All other measures and protocols previously announced remain in place.
The government calls for cooperation of the general public as the country grapples with the enormous threat that Corona virus poses.
Meanwhile, President Weah has named the Ministry of Labor as exempt and instructed the Minister to designate essential staff to report to work immediately.

President Weah Appoints, Commissions NEC’s Commissioners

(April 9, 2020 – Monrovia, Liberia): The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has appointed and commissioned five commissioners of the National Election Commission (NEC).

Those commissioned today, April 9, 2020 were Davidetta Browne Lansanah (co-chair), Cllr. Ernestine Morgan-Awar (member), and Floyd Sayor (member). Others are Barsee Kpankpa (member) and Josephine Kou Gaye (member).

The commissioners were nominated on March 21, 2020 by the Liberian Chief Executive and subsequently confirmed by the honorable Liberian Senate in keeping with the organic laws of the Country.

Meanwhile, President Weah has appointed NEC’s Co-chairman, Davidetta Browne Lansanah to act as chairman of the National Election Commission till further notice.

President Weah Appoints Mary Broh To Coordinate Coronavirus Response

April 7, 2020: Monrovia, Liberia)- The President of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah has appointed with immediate effect Madam Mary Broh to serve as the National Response Coordinator for the Executive Committee on Coronavirus (ECOC) in Liberia.

In this role, Madam Broh will provide supervision toward a single set of national strategic objectives for defeating the Coronavirus disease. She will also coordinate the National COVID-19 multi-sectorial response plan, in coordination with the United Nations (UN), donor partners, Ministry of Health and National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL).

The President has also appointed Finda Bundoo as the National Compliance Manager of ECOC. Madam Bundoo is charged with the responsibility of monitoring the overall allocation and disbursement of the response logistics and resources.

In consultation with the National Response Coordinator, Madam Bundoo will ensure timely delivery and accounting for supplies directed to the fight against Coronavirus in the country.

Both appointments, which have a term of nine months, became necessary following recommendations made by the United Nations, in particular the World Health Organization, which were aimed at further enhancing the national response as cases begin to spike. It is also based on a decision from a consultative meeting held between the Special Presidential Advisory Committee on Coronavirus (SPACOC) and partners.

During the discussions, a decision was made to move away from the current system of advisory and consultative meetings to operational and community-oriented outreach. Both persons have the full support and backing of the UN.

Madam Broh and Bundoo are required to liaise with health authorities on the Incident Management Team and heed their counsel, where necessary. The appointees will report directly to the President.

H.E. President George Manneh Weah Address to the Nation on COVID-19

MY FELLOW CITIZENS AND FOREIGN RESIDENTS:
I would like to speak directly to you today concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic, which is rapidly spreading around the world.
The spread of this virus represents the greatest threat to the health and well-being of the people of Liberia since the Ebola epidemic suffered by our country from 2014 to 2016.
Let me assure you that Government is taking every precaution and action to protect our borders and ports of entry. However, in spite of these arrangements, I regret to inform you that Liberia has recorded a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus.

The infected person is Mr. Nathaniel Blama, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, who arrived in Liberia on Brussels Airlines on Friday night, the 13th of March. Along with several other officials
of Government traveling on the same flight, Mr. Blama chose not to be quarantined, in keeping with the health protocols that were in place at the
airport.

An intensive tracing exercise is underway to identify and test all persons with whom he came into contact. Meanwhile, all other persons who traveled on that flight and by-passed the mandatory screening protocols, are being made to report to the health authorities immediately and without any further delay, for testing.
Any other persons who attempt to by-pass screening at any port of entry will be arrested and taken into compulsory quarantine.
I want to assure the Liberian people that the situation is under professional management by the health authorities, who have adequately prepared themselves well in advance for this eventuality. There is no need to panic. I ask that all of you should remain calm, and report any suspicious medical behavior to the authorities for our own safety.

It is very important that we all follow the guidelines set out by the health authorities, and adapt our behavior accordingly.

MY FELLOW CITIZENS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
In view of the above, it is necessary to take certain immediate actions in response to this threat.
1. There must be a strong focus on hygiene from every individual and organization.
2. Everyone should wash their hands often, several times a day, with soap and running water, and use hand sanitizes, wherever available and affordable.
3. All offices, businesses schools, churches, and places of public gatherings should provide hand-washing facilities at their entrances.
4. There should be NO HANDSHAKING whatsoever. Use a nod of your head for greeting each other.
5. My impending national county tour is hereby postponed due to this new development on the coronavirus situation.

6. All travels to and from all countries with over 200 or more Corona Virus cases are hereby banned
7. All citizens and residents are urged to avoid public gatherings and large crowds, and try to keep a minimum social distance of at least 6 feet from people with fever, cough, sneezing, and difficulty in breathing.
8. Non-essential travel by all officials of government is hereby banned
9. All non-essential employees of the government are hereby granted a paid leave until further notice. The Civil Service Agency will announce the roster of employees in this category
10. Minimize your travel within Liberia, and to and from abroad, to that which is absolutely necessary. This refers specifically to cross-border traders and travelers coming to Liberia from infected countries, and applies particularly to all Government officials.

As President, I will remain focused at the highest level of leadership and concern, until this threat has been neutralized. However, as Liberia has now moved from the precautionary stage, to a containment stage, we will need your fullest support and cooperation as you change your behavior to follow the simple guidelines and measures that have been recommended above.

We will also be relying on the cooperation and support of our international partners as we work together to eliminate this deadly virus from our country.
Please take note, and govern yourselves accordingly.

God bless you all.

I thank you.

HON. GEORGE IN SUPPORT OF INSTITUTIONAL BUILDING

Hon. George accompanied the co-founder of Uniting Distant Stars, Heather Cannon to South Central College in North Mankato, Minnesota to build a “Sister School” relationship. Uniting Distant Stars™, Inc. mission is to link future leaders and global innovators to educational resources and vocational training to influence positive changes in the world. The School located in Monrovia, provides technical skills training to individuals.
As Liberia continues to rebuild from the civil war, technical training is pivotal to rapid growth. Hon. George visited the institution in Liberia and admired their work. For more information about the institution, visit their web at www.unitingdistantstars.com.

The delegation included Mr. Branko Tambah a long-time donor and Mr. Yakasah Wehyee member of the Board of Directors. The South Central College was represented by Tracy Murphy (Communication Studies Instructor) and John Nehemiah Harper (Enrollment Advisor).

HON. GEORGE AT THE MINNESOTA AFRICAN UNITED SUMMIT 2019

It was an honor to have been present at the Minnesota African United (MAU) Summit. Africans coming together in unison for a common purpose is the beginning of prosperity. MAU is a coalition of African Immigrants in Minnesota that is centered on closing the opportunity gaps in education, healthcare, the economy and employment with the mission of creating awareness and increasing access to resources for African Communities.

www.mnafricanunited.org. (Hon. George serves on MAU board).

Global Minnesota CEO Mark Ritchie Visits Consulate

The Former Secretary of State of Minnesota (2007-2015) and President and CEO-USA Expo Mark Ritchie paid a courtesy visit at the Liberian Consulate in Minnesota today to acquaint the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Jackson K. George, Jr. about his organization’s activities concerning the public-private partnership to host the 2023 World Fair Expo in Minnesota and its current pursuit of the 2027 bid. Hon. George who is also the President of the Liberian Business Association in the Diaspora discussed the economic opportunities the Expo will have on the state and the role of Liberian businesses in the diaspora and Liberia. He said, Liberian products being put on such world stage is uplifting and rewarding to Liberia. He thanked Hon. Ritchie for the update and informed him of his support

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African Union Seeks Qualify Liberians for positions in the Continental body

The African Union is encouraging qualify Liberians to apply for positions in the AU Commission as well as other organs of the continental body.

The call comes in the wake of Liberia’s under-representation at the AU Commission and other related organs of the organization.

During its Twentieth Extraordinary Session held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November 14 through the 15 2018, the AU in its Executive Council Decision highlighted the need for qualified Liberians to apply for positions with the AU.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the AU has observed Liberia’s under-representation at the AU Commission and its related organs.

The release quotes a communication from the AU to the Liberian government, as saying there are only three (3) Liberian nationals in the current staff configuration at the AU and they are in the professional category only in Ethiopia.

The AU furthered in its communication that all indications point to the fact that Liberians need to be encouraged to apply for positions in the AU Commission and other AU bodies; especially now with the institution of new measures to prioritize under-represented countries in the recruitment process

The AU says it is setting up a working mechanism through diplomatic channels in other to attract qualified candidates from Liberia to ensure the full representation of the country at the Organization.

Meanwhile, The Director General of the Civil Service Agency of Liberia Laurine Wada Johnson has been asked by the AU to coordinate the process in a timely manner.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also calling on qualified Liberians to take advantage of the opportunity by applying for various vacant positions at the African Union.

The African Union is encouraging qualified Liberians to apply for positions in the AU Commission as well as other organs of the continental body.

The call comes in the wake of Liberia’s under-representation at the AU Commission and other related organs of the organization.

During its Twentieth Extraordinary Session held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November 14 through the 15 2018, the AU in its Executive Council Decision highlighted the need for qualified Liberians to apply for positions with the AU.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the AU has observed Liberia’s under-representation at the AU Commission and its related organs.

The release quotes a communication from the AU to the Liberian government, as saying there are only three (3) Liberian nationals in the current staff configuration at the AU and they are in the professional category only in Ethiopia.

The AU furthered in its communication that all indications point to the fact that Liberians need to be encouraged to apply for positions in the AU Commission and other AU bodies; especially now with the institution of new measures to prioritize under-represented countries in the recruitment process.

The AU says it is setting up a working mechanism through diplomatic channels in other to attract qualified candidates from Liberia to ensure the full representation of the country at the Organization.

Meanwhile, The Director General of the Civil Service Agency of Liberia Laurine Wada Johnson has been asked by the AU to coordinate the process in a timely manner.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also calling on qualified Liberians to take advantage of the opportunity by applying for various vacant positions at the African Union.

President Weah Consoles Grieving America Over former President Bush’s Passing

Monrovia, Liberia – President George Manneh Weah expressed heartfelt sympathy to the government and people of the United States and the Bush family over the demise of that country’s 41th President, George H. W. Bush, who passed Friday, November 30, 2018.

The Liberian leader said the former US President was a great statesman and patriot whose passing has left deep void and hurt in the hearts of many Americans and the world at large.

President Weah said the contribution of the fallen American statesman left in the sand of time incredible contributions to world peace and human development that make the world a better place for all.

He noted that people of Liberia were grateful for the leadership role the former US President played in the restoration of peace and stability during Liberia’s fratricidal civil conflict.

“As Americans mourn the loss of one of their greatest sons,” President Weah said, “let them, particularly the Bush family, know that the people of Liberia and my Government are fully with them and share in their grief, deep distress and sorrow during this difficult moment.”

President Weah expressed the hope that the Bush family and the people of the United States would find fortitude and solace in the Lord in their time of bereavement, challenged by the ideals of world peace and justice for all for which the former President fought during his lifetime.

President Weah Urges Liberians to Unite, Heal and Pray for Peace on Thanksgiving Day

The President of the Republic of Libeia, His Excellency, President George Manneh Weah extends heartfelt felicitations to all Liberians in observance of National Thanksgiving Day today, November 1, 2018.

The President hopes that Liberians will use this day to give thanks to God for keeping us safe and protected as a Country since our inception as a sovereign Nation, despite the many challenges that have confronted us.

The President further wishes that Liberians will observe this day to heal, unite and reconcile the Country back to God, and pray for God’s bountiful blessings to continuously abound, and for perpetual peace to reign.

In the spirit of oneness and nationalism, and as we gather to offer thanks in one accord, Happy Thanksgiving Day to all Liberians on behalf of H.E. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia.

The Liberian Consulate in Minnesota is CLOSED in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

‘Liberia is Ready to Forge Quality Partnerships for SDGs: Ambassador Kemayah Tells UN Second Committee’

Ambassador Kemayah, Sr.

New York, October 9, 2018)Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations has told the UN that Liberia is ready to forge quality regional and international partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Addressing the Plenary Session of the UN Economic and Financial Committee commonly referred to as the Second (2nd) Committee on Monday, October 8, Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. said the achievement of the SDGs would depend on both an enabling international environment for development, and domestic resource mobilization.

Ambassador Kemayah who tailored his statement around the theme of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly: “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies”, said the theme embodies the 2030 agenda and is a call to action to restore hope to the world. “For us, this mandates us to galvanize concerted efforts, to restore hope to the people of the world through our actions; and to consolidate these efforts to stamp out poverty, disease, hunger, and provide sustainable means of livelihood for us all. In the token, we are obliged to protect our vulnerable populations, preserve our environment, not just for ourselves, but for succeeding generations.” He emphasized.

According to a dispatch from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Ambassador Kemayah informed the global body that nationally, a robust domestic resource mobilization strategy was being strengthened to include expanding Liberia’s internal revenue generation and collection. “We know our continued commitment to transparency and accountability in public financial management; as well as capacitating and strengthening national oversight institutions will be the measure of our resolve in driving these processes”, he said.

He also spoke of the Government’s  national development plan–the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) which overarching goals include, empowering the people through reducing developmental inequalities so that the people can prosper; stimulating economic stability and job creation through effective resource mobilization and prudent management of economic inclusion.

The chief Liberian diplomat at the United Nations however cautioned that while there was sufficient political will, Liberia lacked the available resources to achieve the full implementation of the SDGs, hence the need for partnership.  “…while we the Government of Liberia and People believe in ourselves to be sufficient in political will, we are insufficient in the available resources we so desperately need. We are therefore availing ourselves to the quality of partnerships, regionally and internationally, to assist us achieve the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ambassador Kemayah also identified efforts to address infrastructure gaps and debt vulnerability as essential to the implementation of the SDGs and looks forward to Liberia’s participation in the upcoming meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which will focus on Infrastructure and Debt vulnerability in  developing countries; especially Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The Second (2nd) Committee commenced its main session for the seventy-third (73rd) General Assembly last week, and is considering issues relating to economic growth and development such as macroeconomic policy questions; financing for development; sustainable development; human settlements; globalization and interdependence, and eradication of poverty among others.

The Committee is also considering issues relating to groups of countries in special situations such as the permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.