Migrants sent around $450 billion in remittances to developing countries in 2015, 40% of which went to rural areas. On 16 June, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN agency tasked with eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries, celebrated the International Day of Family Remittances to draw attention to how the money migrants send home contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Africa Renewal’s Franck Kuwonu talked to the president of IFAD, Gilbert Houngbo, about the impact remittances are having in receiving countries. The following are excerpts from the interview:
Hopefully, the Liberian Presidency will be transferred on October 10, 2017 to a Native person or a Congo person. Appropriately, he or she will receive all of the emoluments of the presidency; twenty-one gun salute, speaking and negotiating on behalf of the Nation-State, attending and visiting official nations and conferences, etc. The question is will the new President have the will power to get a reasonable share of the revenue from “Papa’s Land” in the form of government revenue to finance infrastructure, education, social programs, etc. similar to the kinds of benefits Botswana government gives to its citizens. Alternatively, will the new president allow a few elites to accumulate more wealth at the expense of society, an economic arrangement that pits the haves against the have-nots, according to Eduardo Porter? (NY Times, 7/11/17).
Hon. Emmanuel Nuquay Speaker 53rd National Legislature Republic of Liberia
Ref: Liberia Belongs to Liberians – As the House of Senate violates Chapter V Article 34 of our Constitution to protect foreign interest; the House of Representatives must reject US$59.5 million Pre-Financing Loan Agreement in favor of a bogus Chinese-owned Company, East International Group Incorporated.
(As prepared, not as delivered) July 31, 2017 First, I would like to recognize the growth and progress of the Young Professional Leadership School. Just over a year ago, the first group started, and today we celebrate the fourth semester. It has been my great pleasure to meet each of these groups during their seminar, and many afterwards. We’ve had high expectations for the school, what participants would learn, friendships made across party lines and the leadership that YPLS graduates would demonstrate in their own political activities. And we have not been disappointed.
Mr. Principal, Vice Principal (Academic and Administration), Teaching Staffs, Support Staffs, Guest Speaker, Graduating Class, Deserving Parents and Guardians, Fellow Students, Distinguish Ladies and Gentlemen:
When the people of Liberia were presented a female aspirant by the Unity Party as the Standard Bearer in the 2005 elections, many thoughts and anticipations went through the minds of Liberians who held the notion that a woman can never win elections in a male dominated society. But to the contrary, Sirleaf did not only prove her critics wrong by winning the most contested election which was held in an un-settled atmosphere after the war, but broke a continental glass ceiling, thus making her Liberia’s and Africa’s first female President. Her victory was seen as an elevation for women in African society where politics continue to ostracize and belittle the status of women.
Once again the invisible hands of death have slapped away one of Liberia’s astute, illustrious, exceptional legal practitioners and distinguished magistrates after a period of brief illness. A trained and skilled magistrate with a great deal of serviceable deportment to duty, loyalty to country and wisdom of the law has departed this life. His voice and prolific legal opinions to administer justice irrespective of the party litigants involved in the case have ceased to exist.
In an article on corruption, entitled, Anti-corruption Policy Speech (Analyst Liberia, May 12, 2017), “Small Brother” Charlie Brumskine, Counselor-at-Law, Political Leader of the LIBERTY Political Party and declared Candidate for President of Liberia, wrote what is an apparent LIBERTY Party’s major diagnostic policy prescription on “combating corruption”, the universal vice declared as “Liberia’s public enemy no. 1” by the nation’s current President.