Speaker Chambers Eyes Fisheries, Mining and Logging Sectors for Budget Support

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Speaker Chambers with LRC officials

Efforts to explore other sectors of Liberia’s natural resources endowment that have potential of economic viability, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Bhofal Chambers says he’s committed to working with his colleagues to ensure funding in the 2019/2020 budget, under scrutiny at the Legislature, that will support a Special Legislative Lead Technical Committee, comprising other technocrats from within the eco-system of the Liberian Government to explore other ways and means about how Liberia can benefit economically from its natural resources, with initial focus on the fisheries, mining, and logging sectors.

According to a release from the office of the Speaker, Dr. Cambers made a direct reference to the Republic of Botswana, which has enviable economic gains in the management of its mining sector. He said will be considered a case study to find a solution to Liberia’s problems in the mining sector, where legislative action may deem applicable.

Another case study destination the Speaker mentioned is Norway, with good success story in the management of its fishing industry, juxtaposed to Liberia’s fishing Industry potential. The Federal Republic of Germany’s successes in the management of its forest sector has also been highlighted as a case study scenario to find a roadmap on how to fix Liberia’s challenges in the management of its forestry or logging, where there is a need to make better the laws.

Speaker Chambers elucidated his concerns today at his Capitol Building Office in Monrovia, when he received officials of the Law Reform Commission (LRC), headed by Cllr. Boakai Kanneh, Chairman of the Commission, flanked by Cllr. Felecia Coleman and Cllr. Ruth Jappah, Members of the Commission.

Speaker Chambers with LRC officials

The Speaker informed the LRC commission’s officials, that though he’s cognizant about the IMF pieces of advice to the Government of Liberia about austerity measure, “but let the truth be told, that no amount of austerity can reach Liberia to its economic heights,” he said, “until the country can grow its budget, build the economy, and create the opportunities as well as the environments for its citizens to prosper.”

Speaker Chambers says he believes when other potential areas of the Liberian economy are tapped, the national budget of the country can reach a billion dollar, and Liberia could get on a trajectory to becoming a middle income country.

For his part, Cllr. Boakai Kanneh, Chairman of the Law Reform Commission (LRC) told Speaker Chambers that most of the laws of the country are been deemed antiquated and there is a need to rewrite several of the country’s laws to fit in with present day realities. He says even the Constitution of Liberia is incomplete.

Cllr. Kanneh further says that the act creating the Law Reform Commission (LRC) gives it a responsibility to closely work with the Legislature to give their opinions or review on every piece of legislation they received, during and after passage, before reaching the President for signature.   He described the commission’s workings with the Legislature as crucial.

Cllr. Kanneh divulged that his Commission has drawn up a policy document referred to as the National Law Reform Policy, and the Commission will be resubmitting said document to the Legislature in the soonest possible time. In closing, Cllr. Kanneh says most of the problems with some sectors of the Liberian economy have got to do with the kinds of laws governing the sectors, but promised to work with the Legislature to help fix the challenges.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Before invincible vampire swept Sierra Leonean officials and politicians into the pockets of foreign merchants and businesses between the mid-1960’s and 1970’s, the mining sector – especially, precious minerals, such as diamonds, gold, bauxites, and rutile – was the major foreign exchange earner. Everything went on swimmingly: public school education in top form; railway carried goods and passengers to and fro; school buses plied Freetown in the mornings and afternoons; foreign shipping docked every three hours; jobs available for all able-bodied, and hope in a brighter future seemed sure as daylight.

    Speaker Chambers is focusing on a momentous game-changer toward upward mobility. Liberia should be boasting of an annual budget of, at least, US $2.5 billion if all natural resources extracted are accounted for and all taxes owed are paid and all revenues well- managed. But when allegedly every principal official at Land & Mines Ministry or Big politician has an outside partner with diamond or gold claims, and most accounts clerks in income-generating institutions have three or more houses; why should anyone be amazed that few individuals are richer than the nation. Or who would be surprised that many young people prefer to leave than stay where they don’t see opportunities, or prospects.

    The economy is an existential imperative which deserves commitment, not talking points. Thank you Speaker Chambers, let God motivate the entire political leadership to support these efforts. Rwanda happens to be a landlocked country without a tenth of our natural resources and has a President with only secondary school education. But unlike former President Sirleaf whose painted portrait hangs somewhere at Harvard University, yet left Liberia in pervasive poverty and economic collapse, Paul Kegame has given hope to his country. A properly-run country is inevitably just hence secure, and in that environment citizens come up with all types of innovations for job creation: We can do better!

    • In our lifetime, Liberia will continue as a poor country because the people running the country are all criminals of some kind. House Speaker, Chambers was arrested for rape in America and he fled to Liberia and changed his name. He’s a fugitive from justice. He can’t travel to Europe or America because he’s afraid of being arrested. In the Executive branch, you have Emmanuel Shaw, a notorious scammer/criminal working as advisor to George Weah. Then you have the chief murderer and war criminal, Prince Johnson in the senate. How in hell can you develop a country with so many serious criminals running the place? You can’t. It’s wishful thinking if you believe Liberia can develop.

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