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“Among many other benefits, human development can help drive Africa’s structural transformation by speeding both the rate of innovation and uptake of new technologies,” said Pedro Conceição, Chief Economist at UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. “But for this to happen, more attention should be paid to improving access to and quality of education and healthcare systems, transforming agriculture and fostering job creation in order to narrow income inequalities.”
Liberia: Diaspora Remittance Contributes Third of Country’s GDP to Economy, Second Highest in the World
“An astounding World Bank’s report of 2012 on global remittances, Liberians in the Diaspora out-beat per GDP other Africans living abroad by remitting $378 million in 2012, an increase of $18 million from 2011 $360 million remittance.
These remittances, according to World Bank’s report account for third of the country’s GDP, an indispensable fulcrum of Liberia’s economy while foreign aid contributes to less than half of the Diaspora remittance to the country’s GDP. These staggering remittances make Liberia the second highest recipient country of Diaspora remittances, coming second to Tajikstan and the highest in Africa”.
Madam Dobraja disclosed that in Liberia, Social Protection interventions are heavily funded by international donors. “Strengthening institutional capacity of the Ministry of Planning and “Economic Affairs (MOPEA) is necessary to undertake the development of a national Social Protection Policy and Strategy; and designing a Strategy is just the beginning – Strategies are only as good as their implementation. Therefore, we will continue to work together with the Ministry in building national Monitoring & Evaluation System that will help to oversee and coordinate social protection interventions in the country,” Madam Dobraja said.”
U S Takes President Sirleaf to Task for Not Supporting Gay Rights, Country’s US Aid Could Be Threatened
“The Obama administration chastised one of its most favored world leaders Tuesday, expressing “surprise and concern” over reports that Liberia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning president was defending a law criminalizing gay acts”.
“This evening Liberia is silent and we’re thinking what happening to our country”, a young Liberian trader interviewed by our correspondent said; “why these people can’t sit on the table and find solution but everyone thinks they bigger than the country and when things get bad, they’ll take their American passports and leave the mess for us to suffer”, he nodded his head in dismay”.
As we marked the end of the year 2010, the end of the first decade of the 2000 millennium, we are humbled and fascinated that out of the unexpected as every innovation known to man had come on the horizon to unravel new trend of inventions and discoveries through curiosity, enthusiasm, and inspiration, so is… Read More ›
“A Spanish official had earlier told AP that the 27 members of the EU had agreed to stand up and walk out if the Sudanese president appeared at the joint summit. The pragmatic and unusual stance by Libya, a strong backer of Bashir, caused an uproar in Khartoum where the government directed explicit criticism at the EU and subtle one at the host of the summit. “Three days before the summit taking place a senior Libyan official contacted the Minister of the Presidency [Bakri Hassan Salih] to convey European reservations about the participation of Mr. President at the summit” the Sudanese presidency said in a statement released late Sunday. ”
“We will not acheive the meaning of our purpose of this article if we fail to pay tribute to all our fallen beloved countrymen as the result of November 12, 1985 coup. We pay special tribute to an outstanding and very bright young Liberian journalist, Charles Gbeyon who was killed on this by the Doe government for doing nothing wrong but his noble responsibility, covering the events of the coup as they were unfolding but instead met his untimely death”.
Today Americans go to the polls to elect member of Congress, governors, local State Assemblies, and officials. The midterm election has been characterized by anger, frustration, and the determination to send a message to those in power who failed to put the needs of their country above party bigotry and personal political preservation. But what can Liberia… Read More ›
Unity Party-USA Retreat: Partisans Worry Over “Too Old to Rule” Label, Corruption, and Chances in 2011 Elections
While the Unity Party gathered in their thousands at the Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Stadium at its party convention and elected their new corp of officers in keeping with the election laws of Liberia where the party’s Standard Bearer, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf reaffirmed her vice Presidential candidate in Dr. Joseph Boakai, the Unity Party United States Chapter… Read More ›