G20 focuses on importance of tourism

The travel and tourism private sector was invited to the G20 Tourism Ministers’ meeting Monday when the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) addressed the Group of Twenty in Bali, Indonesia. During her speech at the critical meeting, Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said that while travel and tourism is recovering following more than […]

Cummings, Cassell cannot contest Liberian presidency

By Seltue Karweaye As Liberia prepares for the October 2023 election, the ten years’ residency clause qualification of candidates contesting the office of the president and vice president have generated endless controversies. The dominant school of thought has asserted loudly and clearly over the years that a person is not eligible to contest election to […]

Digitalisation addresses global challenges

“Many countries are unable to keep up with the global technological revolution. Norway is leading the way in the collaborative effort to develop and share digital solutions,” said Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre at a meeting in New York in the United States on building resilience through safe, trusted, and inclusive digital public infrastructure. […]

Convicted Liberian war criminal files appeal

The case of Alieu Kosiah, former United Liberation Movement of Liberia (ULIMO) sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for his role in the First Liberian civil war, will go in appeal in January next year. The appeal proceedings in front of the Swiss Federal Criminal Court (FCC) are expected to take place from January 11 to 17 […]

Taylor reveals issues facing African lawyers

Liberia’s Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor recently addressed this year’s Annual Conference of the African Bar Association (AFBA) in Lilongwe, Malawi emphasizing that the issue of transparency and accountable governance in Africa is more about the total disrespect and disregard of the social contract. She said the social contract which propels governments, organizations, and institutions into […]

Africa, US hold business summit

The President of the African Development Bank Group Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has given strong assurance to U.S. investors that Africa is a secure, competitive and profitable market for investment. Adesina was speaking on Wednesday at the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Marrakech, Morocco where he told American investors to see Africa as a logical investment destination […]

Liberia, Ireland to promote trade and democracy

Liberia and Ireland have rekindled their commitment to deepen bilateral cooperation, emphasizing trade and investment as well as driving democratic governance and human rights. Speaking in Dublin, at Aras an Uachtarai ( the official residence and workplace of the Irish president) where she presented her Letter of Credence to Irish President Michael Higgins at a colorful ceremony, […]

Somali president has to walk a tightrope

By Johan Sävström After winning elections in Somalia on 15 May, Hassan Sheik Mohamud is back in the presidential driver’s seat. More or less the same challenges remain as when he left power in 2017. “President Mohamud will need to perform a delicate balancing act trying to appease various actors”, Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) researcher […]

Sweeping corruption with a broom: The Gongloe effect

By Seltue Karweaye When the  Charles Taylor regime in Liberia  (1997-2003) was facing collapse, the Liberia elite, backed and advised by local and international forces, prepared the ground for a transition to a democratic regime. The various presidents, from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to George Weah today, have run corrupt regimes, doing nothing to alleviate the […]

Sierra Leonean acquitted of Liberian war crimes charges

A district court in Finland on Friday dismissed all war crimes charges against a former Sierra Leonean rebel commander. Pirkanmaa District Court District Court found that there was reasonable doubt that Gibril Massaquoi, a former commander and spokesman of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) committed the offences he was charged with.   Massaquoi was charged […]