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“World Safer, More Prosperous Today Because of UN,” President Weah Pays Tribute to UN at 75th Anniversary

(Monrovia, Liberia):As the United Nations celebrates its 75th Anniversary on October 24, 2020, President George Manneh Weah has had fond words for the august body which was founded to pursue and secure world peace and tranquility following a horrific global war.


Making remarks at celebratory ceremonies organized by the UN Liberia Office in Monrovia Friday, October 23, 2020, the Liberian Leader opined: “We can proudly say, the world is safer today and more prosperous because of the UN. However, some of the main focus of this august body must be realigned to current day realities. Countries and peoples have evolved. The world has changed and we must adjust to continue to achieve the objectives of the San Francisco Charter.”


He asserted further: “It bears testament to the foresight of its vision bearers to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations and be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations; adopted on 25 June and formally enacted on 24 October 1945.”


The United Nations’ 75th anniversary ceremony this year falls on Saturday, which is the 24th of October 2020, but was celebrated a day in advance since Saturday is a non-working day.


The anniversary theme this year is: “The future we want, the UN we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism confronting COVID019 through multilateral action.”


President Weah said he was glad to participate in a special occasion marking the observance of the remarkable milestone the UN has achieved, adding: “As we celebrate, in advance, the Seventy-Fifth (75th) year of UN existence, Liberia, one of the 50 countries that signed the Charter in San Francisco is proud to be a success story of what the UN stands for.”


He acknowledged that over the decades of its existence, the UN has scored remarkable progress around the world, particularly on the peace and security pillar.


“Its Peacekeeping missions, including the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), for example, has brought about law and order from intractable conflict situations,” Dr. Weah said further. “It remains the beacon of fundamental human rights for all, including freedom of speech, gender equality and women's empowerment.”


He said he was elated that the United Nations has helped and continues to lead during the raging health emergencies.


With UN assistance, President Weah asserted, “Liberia combatted Ebola and is now withstanding COVID- 19 a deadly disease that is not going away.”


According to him, COVID-19 has immensely overwhelmed healthcare systems around the world, including those of developed nations and its attendant economic crisis continues to have an adverse impact on many nations around the world.


“Ours has been no exception,” the President said confidently, but was quick to state that “working with our various partners, including the UN, we have seemingly been spared some of the most negative effects of the crisis so far.”


While the pandemic lingers, he noted, “we have experienced and continue to see different acts of violence and civil unrests in our sub-region. Let us remember that the real enemy is COVID 19 and not ourselves and our people.”


“Let's refrain from violence and embrace peace, because it is only through peace and stability development for our people and countries are possible,” the Liberian Chief Executive warned, adding that his government remains committed to the UN in securing world peace and upholding basic human rights for all.


He thanked Dr. Kingsley Opoku Amaning, Resident Coordinator and staff of the UN Liberia Office for the great working relationship between the UN and the Government of Liberia.


“In our various discussions over the implementation of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development,” he indicated, “there has been a common understanding that my Government and the United Nations will work more with the communities across the counties.”


“I would therefore like to see a greater and stronger United Nations presence at the community level to enable the body tailor solutions that will benefit the people.”

Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemaya Sr. Officially Assumes Duty as Minister of Foreign Affairs

His Excellency Dee-Maxwell SaahKemaya Sr. has officially assumed office as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia.


MinisterKemaya Sr. was recently appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs by His Excellency President George MannehWeah and subsequently confirmed by the Liberian Senate.


According to a Foreign Ministry release, Min.Kemeya previously served as Deputy Minister for Administration and was later appointed as Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations before his ascendency as Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Speaking Tuesday at the official program marking the presentation of Seal of the Republic, the new Foreign Minister thanked his predecessors for the fortitude and commitment in serving their country, promising to build on what they started while serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs..


He described his appointment to the position of Foreign Minister as a long and difficult journey which he said came unsolicitedrather, the manifestation of the will of the Almighty God.


The new Foreign Minister also highlighted human capacity development, reforms of the Passport Division, strengthening of protocol services; enhancement of the Foreign Service Institute as well as developing a blueprint to serve as a roadmap for future engagementaskey focus under his administration.


MinisterKemayah then used the occasion to urge employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be robustly hardworking and committed in their service to country in ensuring a shared vision and commonality in the advancement of the Foreign Policy agenda of Liberia.


Kemayah who is widely noted for being a Workaholic has promised to always sign in and out despite his status as Minister of Foreign Affairs thereby urging all Employees of the Ministry both at home and abroad to take their job serious.


He thanked His Excellency President George MannehWeah for the confidence reposed in his ability to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the republic of Liberia, adding “I owe President Weah a depth of gratitude, loyalty and commitment”.


Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Kemayah has also frowned on those that seek to undermine the workings of the Liberian Government, emphasizing the need for constructive engagements between the workers Association and the Senior Management team of the Ministry.


Also speaking, Former Liberia’s Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar Milton Findleylauded His Excellency Dr. George MannehWeah for the opportunity accorded him to have served as the First Foreign Minister in his administration.


Mr. Findley described the Foreign Ministry staff as the greatest asset which he relied on during his tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs in executing the functions of the Ministry.


The Former Foreign Minister also thanked the Deputy and Assistant Ministers for the Support and cooperation he enjoyed while serving as Minister but encouraged them to brace themselves to a new leadership style.

“Go and Serve Well,” President Weah Commissions Newly Appointed Government Officials

(Monrovia. Liberia):The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has urged four recently appointed cabinet ministers to “go and serve well” the people of Liberia for the benefit of the state.


Commissioning the Senate-confirmed members of Government, on Monday, October 19, 2020, the President said: “You were duly vetted, nominated, confirmed, appointed and now being commissioned. The expectations are very high. Go and serve your people. Do not disappoint.”


Those commissioned by the President included Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Ledgerhood J. Rennie, Minister of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism; Mrs. Mawine Diggs, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Mr. Charles Gibson, Ministry of Labor.


Dr. Weah charged the ministers to discharge their duties in the interest of the Liberian people and for the good of the nation.


He said his recent reshuffle of government, as well as the appointment of new persons into the government, was meant to energize his administration’s team to deliver on the promises made to the Liberian people as encapsulated in the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).


The commissioning ceremony was held at the Cecil Dennis Conference Hall at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was attended by government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and families and friends of the commissioned officials.

“Census Impacts Service Delivery at Grassroots Level,” President Weah Says as He Launches NPHC 2021

(Monrovia, Liberia): The President of the Republic, Dr. George Manneh Weah, has underscored the importance of national census, stressing that it directly impacts socioeconomic service delivery for citizens at the grassroots level.


Launching the National Population and Housing Census (NPHC) 2021 at the Ministerial Complex today, September 25, 2020, the Liberian Leader noted that statistics are important for planning and implementing development programs.


He added: “If you cannot measure accurately then you will not be able to manage the fair distribution of resources and delivery of services.”


“To address poverty effectively we must use targeted interventions that can be measured, and consult the people about their own development,” the President said. “It is therefore crucial that we mobilize the entire population to come forward and be counted, so that the results of Census 2021 can be used as a tool to improve service delivery.”


After the census, the President said, “we will have accurate data for the formulation of policy as well as implementation, monitoring and evaluation.  The results from the census will provide us with a unique opportunity to realign our development strategies, policies and programs.” 


In Liberia, the conduct of a census is guided by a constitutional provision that mandates the Executive Branch of Government to undertake the exercise.


The Chief Executive asserted that since it is not every government that could conduct a census, the NPHC will be a part of his legacy to the people and country.


“In addition to fulfilling this crucial constitutional requirement, the crux of our commitment on this issue is to ensure that development is equitable and in the public interest”, he said and urged citizens to fully cooperate with the exercise as it is for the general good of all.


The President said to support a nation’s development efforts, timely, relevant, sufficient and reliable data-sets are required, and the major foundation of this is the census.


“A census is usually the largest peacetime undertaking of a government. Because it is very involving and costly, a census is normally conducted only once every 10 years, but its products and tools could be used for over a decade.”


He acknowledged that undertaking such a huge national exercise needs a considerable amount of technical, financial and logistical resources.


“At this time of our development, with a pandemic looming large, Government cannot provide all the necessary inputs. But we have tried to make the census program happen by doing whatever we can to facilitate the implementation process,” Dr. Weah indicated.


He said in May 2019, his Government pledged US$3 million towards the census budget and provided US$700 thousand plus L$48 million as seed money to set up a Census Basket Fund to be managed by United Nations Population Fund (UNPF).


“In support of these efforts,” the President said further, “we received further contributions to our Census Basket Fund from several of our international partners. 


He thanked the Government and People of Sweden, through their Embassy near Monrovia, for making the first contribution and remaining the highest contributor to the census budget by a US$7.8 million contribution.


President Weah observed that Census information has a direct impact on service delivery for people at the grassroots level, stressing “because statistics are important for planning and implementing development programs.”


President Weah indicated that it would be very difficult to manage the fair distribution of resources and delivery of services if people cannot measure accurately, adding also that measurable targeted interventions including consultation of the people about their development are needed in order to address poverty effectively. 


“It is therefore crucial that we mobilize the entire population to come forward and be counted, so that the results of Census 2021 can be used as a tool to improve service delivery.”


He said the launch of the 2021 Census is a key milestone achievement in the government’s development aspiration, which he indicated would enable government, through the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), reach out to each and every household and count the people throughout Liberia. 


“This will make us know how many people are in the country, how many are women, men, children, young people and old people; where do they live; how well are they living; how many are educated, and what do they do for a living, etc. This will enable government to plan well and deliver services to our people wherever they are,” President Weah stated.


He said the goals of the NPHC was in support of CDC Government shared national development aspirations captured in its formal national development framework, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) intended to guide its drive towards growth, development and prosperity. 


President Weah intoned that the PAPD anchors the government’s national development agenda on the foundations of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


“It puts the Liberian people at the center of all development processes and helps us to ‘reach the furthest behind first’ and ‘leave no one behind’ as the national development processes ensue.”


The President informed partners that Government cannot provide all the necessary inputs especially at this time amid looming pandemic, noting that the government has tried and is doing whatever it can to facilitate the implementation process.