Will Judicial Conference Restore Investors’ Confidence?

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President Weah believes a National Judiciary Conference

Days after President George Weah proposed to re-launch the National Judiciary Conference aimed at a major role-play by the judiciary within the already demoralized business climate in the country, several legal practitioners have differed with the president in that direction.

President Weah, in his third annual message to the 54th Legislature on Monday, January 27, suggested that to help spur the business climate this year, “we will support and re-launch the National Judiciary Conference under the leadership of His Honor the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.”

According to the President, the aim of this conference is to allow the judiciary to play a significant role in business climate reforms.

“This can be done by reforming rules and legal processes and procedures that can increase the confidence of potential investors and the existing business community, as well as improve the ease of doing business in Liberia,” the President noted.

However, some lawyers who asked for anonymity are of the opinion that re-lunching the conference is not significant to create trust among foreign investors about the working of the judiciary.

They argued that for President Weah to improve the business climate, they think the government’s top-priority actions should include the following: “Effective anti-corruption activities including criminal prosecution of officials of any rank as well as judges, for corruption, ensuring the rule of law for law enforcement agencies and reform of the judicial system.”

The lawyers said that President Weah needs to first identify obstacles, particularly corruption in the judiciary, if he is interested to improve the investment climate. “No level of judiciary conference can assure investors confidence in the judiciary because corruption is widespread and has caused a lack of investors’ trust in the judiciary.”

“Is the President not aware of the corruption within the judiciary?” another lawyer wondered.

Another lawyer reminded President Weah that corruption is one of the greatest obstacles to economic and social development because it undermines development by distorting the rule of law and weakening foreign investors’ interest to invest.

“Corruption also stifles private sector growth and hurts the poor because it diverts public services from those who need them most,” the lawyer added, “Corruption adversely affects various aspects of business operation from start-up to regular business transactions.”

Author

  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Is the president of Liberia really serious about the things he says or just saying things to please his listeners and supporters? Your administration impeached a sitting Judge for doing his job, you the president yourself, dismissed Judge Bana for rendering a decision in favor of Roots FM 101 and you think the Liberian folks are not watching you?

    Now you have done so much harm than you ever imagine to the people you claimed you so dearly love. Now look at the direction you spearheaded the judiciary that lacks credibility at every angles one can imagine in Liberia and thereafter you think it can easily be fixed just like that’s? Corruptions is deadly and you as the president of Liberia has done nothing, absolutely nothing to combat corruption. Some of your actions even speaks volume to encourage corruptions and the administration is totally blind to the increase of corruptions in Liberia under your leadership.

  2. AS LONG AS RAMPANT CORRUPTION IS NOT A CRIME IN LIBERIA WHO IS GOING TO WORRY ABOUT INTEGRITY IN ANY SECTOR OF THE LIBERIAN GOVERNMENT? YOU CAN HAVE ALL YOUR CONFERENCES EVERYDAY, IT DOES NOT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE BORN WITH CORRUPTION IN THEIR DNA.

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