Why disaster readiness is critical for Africa

Five months ago, Cyclone Idai ripped through the Southern African region, causing a massive humanitarian disaster that affected three million people. More than a thousand perished, while 200,000 lost their homes, many of whom are still to this day living in refugee camps. Economic losses were estimated at more than $1 billion across the affected […]

Liberia at 172: What are we celebrating?

Liberia, by any standard, is a blessed nation. With abundant natural resources, talented population, good climate, you wonder why it is occupying the unenviable position it is amongst the countries of the world after the post-Independence brief spell as an internationally acclaimed African country, Seltue Karweaye writes. Liberia has more natural resources than most emerging […]

Norway continues to assist DR Congo ebola victims

“The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo is serious. We are therefore sending equipment and a team of experts to the country,” Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Soreide has said. Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency. The outbreak […]

UK praises Liberia’s press freedom law

The minister for development at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has praised Liberia for passing a law decriminalizing free speech and expression. In the opening address at a panel on “Press Freedom, Development and Democracy in Africa” as part of the Global Media Conference held recently in London, Harriett Baldwin reminded the delegates about the […]

OPEC fund to focus on low income countries

The highest policy-making body of the OPEC Fund for International (OFID), the Ministerial Council, held its 40th Annual Session in Vienna, Austria, and approved the general principles of OFID’s new Strategic Framework. The new strategy affirms OFID’s commitment to providing support to developing countries – especially low-income countries – in an increasingly complex and challenging […]

President Weah says Liberia is open for business

“Liberia is hospitable and open for sincere business,” the country’s president has assured investors. President George Weah added that  “We are going to work with you sincerely and honestly”. Observing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of Liberia and the joint Corporation of Fortescue Metals Group and Al Maktoum Company […]

USA Convention: Bong Miners renew Philips’ mandate

During the recently-ended national convention, members of the Association of Bong Miners (ABM) in the diaspora decided to renew their confidence in the leadership of incumbent Benedict Philips, giving him a new two-year mandate. At an election held on Saturday, July 6 in Laurel, Maryland convention delegates handed Philips a landslide win over challenger Joshua […]

Important Europe-Africa forum held in Portugal

For the second year, Portugal was the stage of the EurAfrican Forum 2019, that gathered 450 participants from Europe and Africa on July 4-5, with the theme “Partnership of Equals: Sharing Values, Sharing Prosperity” – a new approach and paradigm for the relationship between Europe and Africa, changing the narrative for both continents to create an accountable, prosperous […]

President Weah says sexual predators will be punished

Liberian President George Manneh Weah says his commitment to fighting abuse, discrimination and exploitation against women and girls remains strong and resolved, and that justice against sexual predators will not be compromised.  The president said rape, domestic abuse and sexual harassment have no place in any civilized society, vowing to visit the full force of […]

Swedish government examines migration policy

The Swedish Government has decided to appoint a cross-party commission of inquiry to examine Sweden’s future migration policy. The inquiry is to consider the design of the policy with the aim of establishing a system that is sustainable in the long-term. In a changing world, migration policy should reduce the need for temporary solutions and […]