The Liberia Economic Journalists Association (LEJA) has expressed shock and regret over the sudden death on Thursday, November 13, 2014 of its founding president, Mr. Zoegar Q. Jaynes. He died at a local hospital in Paynesville where he had sought medication following a period of brief illness.
In a statement issued during the week, LEJA described the late Zoegar Q. Jaynes as a career Journalist whose keen interest and passion for the manumission of the Liberian economy along with several other professional colleagues led to the establishment of LEJA about six years ago, following an intensive training courses under the sponsorship of the World Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Liberia Better Business Forum (LBBF).
Zoegar was eventually elected as founding president of LEJA due to his steadfastness and leadership exhibited and steered the affairs of the body up to the expiration of his tenure.
The late Mr. Jaynes, LEJA added, was an astute journalist whose quest to have a functional Liberian economy driven by local entrepreneurship, power-steered into motion a robust reportage of economic activities by LEJA and the World Bank Annual Doing Business Report Team that simultaneously led to the improvement of Liberia’s rating in the DB report, which highlights key indicators such as starting a business, paying taxes and access to finance, amongst others.
“His leadership stimulated his colleagues to take the lead in the dissemination of credible economic related information which culminated into the establishment of Business Pages in various newspapers and radio programs, heralding the issue of Liberians taking charge of their economy and promoted local industries over foreign owned importation-oriented businesses. He was a man who could get the Job done without fear or favor,” LEJA said.
The late Mr. Jaynes did champion the cause of strengthening the capacity of Liberian journalists which propelled several training exercises and study tours sponsored by the World Bank Group (WBG), including the International Finance Corporation (IFC) at both local and international levels.
As president of LEJA, the late Mr. Zoegar Q. Jaynes initiated efforts for LEJA to partner with a number professional grouping, prominent among which is the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) in the execution of a number of projects geared towards improving good governance, economic transparency and promotion of a strong indigenous business class.
“He was a caring and passionate person who will be missed not only by his family and friends but by an array of economic actors and professional colleagues as well as the Liberian state. His ideals in the realization of the Liberian dream intended to ensure that the economy of the country is placed in the hands of Liberians made him a master pillar on which economic reporting depended,” said LEJA president Mr. Doe S. K. Davies.