60 Participate in Labor Congress Seminar

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    Liberia Labor Congress has ended a two-day capacity-building seminar aimed at enhancing LEITI’s multi-stakeholders steering group feedback and promoting awareness on extractive resource governance.
    The seminar was held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and brought together 60 participants within the extractive industries from across the 15 political sub division of the country.
    Deputy Secretary General for Administration of Liberia Labor Congress, Obediah Tarlue, said the seminar also encouraged active, sustainable participation with members of the organization. According to him, not much has been done in the extractive industry in terms of monitoring and has led members not to understand issues affecting the sector.
    He said the society building initiative will now promote and enhance understanding of the dynamics about resource governance and foster cooperation with the government.
    Mr. Tarlu wants a new term of collaboration with the GOL and the Bassa seminar helped outline government policy issues that would benefit the country’s workforce.
    Contributing, Deputy Head of Secretariat of LEITI, Myer Saye, said Africa is experiencing growth, but lack development which has increased poverty.
    Mr. Saye pointed out that to find the root cause of the problem, the mismanagement of the country’s natural resources over the past decades should be discussed.
    He said it is time for mineral rich countries to plan strategies in addressing the economic hardship of their citizens.
    He explained further that transparency in the natural resource sector should also be given a top priority if at all Liberia and other countries would succeed in meeting their goals.
    “As part of ensuring transparency in the resource sector, we want to make sure that everybody is on par with the information in the sector,” he added.
    Meanwhile participants commended both the Labor Congress and LEITI for what they called an eye-opening seminar and said they would continue to be supportive in seeking to transform the sector.

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