The Cabinet has at its regular session mandated key austerity decisions aimed at enhancing macroeconomic stability while at the same time authorizing provisional approval of the 2016 / 2017 draft national budget process in light of the prevailing trigger down effect of the global economic meltdown that has adversely major export earnings. Cabinet also approved proposed fiscal rules for the period 2016 / 2017 to effectively managed spending as frugally as necessary.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Cabinet on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 also reviewed and approved Tier One Performance on housing for nurses and teachers in rural Liberia; received update on security with emphasis on UNMIL drawdown coupled with national strategic response to fill the gap and an overview of the justice system cum its current performance outlook. The Cabinet also received update on the recent seven-county tour of Internal Affairs Minister – Dr. Henrique Tokpa, which took him to Grand Bassa, River Cess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh respectively where he engaged communities in Town Hall meetings that he generally described aa rewarding and productive. Minister Tokpa said the tour afforded him the opportunity to interact with superintendents and all shades of local government functionaries including local and traditional leaders in the southeast. On health related situational update within the context of Ebola; Cabinet was fully briefed that to date there is no new confirmed EVD case reported as of Wednesday, April 13, 2016 as the current number of confirmed cases from the current outbreak remains at three including the 30-year lady who arrived from Guinea into Monrovia on March 21, 2016 and died on March 31, 2016; her 5 and 2 years old sons who became sick of March 28, April 5, 2016 respectively. Both children who are admitted at the ETU are stable and on the path towards recovery. Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah also informed Cabinet that preventive EVD vaccination is ongoing; 79 contacts are being 100% monitored on a daily basis; a total of 10 contacts completed 21 days of monitoring on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, and another two persons are expected to complete 21 days of monitoring on April 16, 2016. Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on behalf of Cabinet has applauded the Incident Management Team (IMS) for its extraordinary commitment in containing any outbreak especially international recognition of Liberia’s capacity to effectively and efficiently manage of EVD and other outbreaks. In an attempt to move Liberia’s containment and management of EVD and related outbreak a step further – a draft bill is being prepared for submission to the National Legislature for the establishment of a National Health Institute. In a related development, following mounting concerns of intruding road unworthy trucks on the Somalia Drive that continue to impede ongoing road construction work; Cabinet has mandated the appointment of an Ad-hoc Task Force Ministerial headed by the Director General of the General Service Agency (GSA) including the Ministries of Transport, Justice and Commerce to ensure a complete de-congestion and relocation of all heavy duty trucks, which have become obstruction to contractors along the Freeport to Red-Light enclave. Cabinet reconvenes on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 for its regular session.