A new Board for the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) has been appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The LEITI Board, in accordance with the LEITI’s standards and the Acts of July 2009, is multi-stakeholder in nature, comprising of representations from diverse stakeholder groups, including the Government of Liberia, civil society and private sector.
Those appointed to the new Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG), according to a statement issued by the LEITI on Tuesday, include the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy as chairman, while the Minister of Finance and Development Planning; Mrs. Cecelia T. Danuweli of the Publish What You Pay Coalition; Ezekiel Johnson of the National Labor Congress, and Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority as Board members, Madam Elfreda Tamba.
Other statutory members are the Minister of Agriculture; Minister of Internal Affairs; Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority; President of the National Oil Company of Liberia; Ms. Marpue M. Speare of the Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia; James Yarsiah of the Right Rice Foundation as well as the member each from the Senate and the House of Representative to be named.
Non-statutory members to the new LEITI Board include representatives from Western Cluster, Aureus Gold, Gold and Diamond Brokers and Dealers Association of Liberia, ExxonMobil, Liberia Timber Association and Golden Petroleum as well as Chief Zanzan Kawor, Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia.
The new Board will serve for three years, providing strategic and policy direction and overseeing the EITI process in Liberia.
Responding to the announcement of the appointments recently, LEITI Acting head of Secretariat, Konah D. Karmo, thanked President Sirleaf for what he termed, “her commitment to promote transparent resource management in Liberia.”
Mr. Karmo said the reconstitution of the LEITI Board is cardinal for the Liberian EITI, especially given that the country is expected to face validation very shortly.
It may be recalled that few weeks ago, Mr. Karmo during a brief meeting with the President, highlighted current developments at the LEITI Secretariat and called on the Government and stakeholders to urgently address prevailing challenges, one of which was the constitution of a new Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) of the LEITI.