Understanding the budgeting process in Liberia

By Seltue Karweaye Liberia’s attention has once again been captured by controversy over the budget formulation and implementation after an interview conducted by President George Weah in Kakata, Margibi County on August 16. During the interview, a journalist asked the President about the Liberia National Fire Service complaining about the agency low budgetary allotment. The […]

Liberia: President Weah, it’s half-time

By Seltue Karweaye The recent appearance of Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel Tweah at The Center for the Exchange of Intellectual Opinion (CEIO) on August 11, 2021 where he defended the Weah government’s fiscal policies as well as the  Pro–Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) has prompted me to write this article. At […]

Unclear tax systems create accountability vacuum

By Johan Sävström States tax their citizens in order to raise revenue, which is then used to finance public services such as health, education, security and infrastructure. Thus, tax revenue and public spending provide a means of redistributing income and investing in the population. In effect, the system constitutes an unwritten agreement between a state […]

Trust deficit: The case of Senator Darius Dillion

By Seltue Karweaye Trust is the glue that binds people together. Public trust entails demonstrating transparency, accountability, and competence. However, in Liberia, society’s confidence in transparency, accountability, fairness has plummeted. In short, there is a growing trust deficit between public officials in Liberia and many of the citizens.  We cannot trust public officials to always say […]

African human rights vs.Western human rights

By Thomas C. Mountain If you ask those of us living in Africa, almost all of us willtell you that the “human rights” that matter most are those that are basic to the right to life: food, water, shelter, medical care and education for our children. If you and your family are cold, hungry, sick […]

African women can build a better future for all Africans

By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber Over the last 30 days Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has become the most important woman in the African energy industry. She has taken some of the most courageous steps in rebooting Tanzania’s energy sector and economy. The signing of the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline with […]

Kudos to our graduates but where are the jobs?

By Seltue Karweaaye According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Liberia has a population of 4.5 million people, and 64 percent of the population lives in poverty. More than 60 percent of the population is under 25. One depressing reality in virtually every Liberian family is the sight of adults in their late 20s, […]

Family Worship Center outlines plans

Calvary Greetings to everyone and Happy New Year in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I welcome you to our year of HONOR. Our scripture for the year: “Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far […]

Sweden’s Foreign Policy Statement for 2021

Mr Speaker, I want to begin this year’s Statement of Foreign Policy by saying something that is obvious to us all. Politics matters. This year marks 100 years since women were first able to exercise their right to vote in a parliamentary election. This was the milestone that made Sweden a democracy. Democracy is something […]

African Free Trade Area key to mitigate COVID-19 effects

By Chido Pamela Mafongoya The long-awaited trading within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) finally began on 1 January 2021, marking a very important milestone for African trade. The AfCFTA creates a single continental market for goods and services, with the aim of increasing intra-African trade by reducing tariffs by approximately 90 percent and […]