Monrovia, June 17, 2016 – The Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has applauded the contribution of the Swedish Government to the development of Liberia, including the Liberia Revenue Authority.
Sweden has been helping with Liberia’s postwar development program in several areas including strengthening of the financial sector though its development arm—Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
“The Swedish government has been good partners to Liberia….especially in your goal to reduce poverty,” Commissioner General Tamba stated recently when she led an LRA delegation to the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia. The visit was a follow-up to the one paid to the LRA by the Swedish Ambassador to Liberia Ms. Lena Nordström in late January.
The Commissioner General acknowledged the Swedish Government’s goal to support poverty reduction and indicated that the more private sector trade is improved in the country, the better it will be for Liberia and Liberians.
“We have come to concretize our relationship with the Swedish Government,” the country’s chief tax collector said, adding, “Though we have benefited from the Swedish Government through the SIDA basket, we come to seek a more direct Technical Assistance from the Swedish Government.”
Commissioner General then presented an official letter requesting technical support to enable the LRA to achieve its strategic objectives and outcomes, and to establish partnership with the Swedish Revenue Authority.
The Swedish envoy indicated that her government intends to help people living in poverty better their lives because it is part of Human Rights.
The head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy added that Sweden’s support focus on Strengthening Democracy, Gender Equality, and increasing respect for human rights.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has arrived in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to participate in the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group from May 25 to 29, 2015.
Other highpoints of the meetings are the election of the Bank’s 8th President, the commemoration of its 50th Anniversary, and the formal admission of South Sudan as its 54th regional member country and its 80th global member.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Ivorian counterpart Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara Monday (Apr 26) expressed the desire to organize another meeting of the Joint Council of Chiefs and Elders of border communities of both countries in Guiglo, in July next year.
The meeting is aimed at continuing the dialogue and consultations launched by the two countries in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County two years ago.
In October 2013, several hundred traditional chiefs and elders from bordering communities in Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Maryland and River Gee counties of Liberia, as well as those from Guiglo, Danané, Tabou and Tai of Ivory Coast held a four-day meeting in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County to improve relationships between and amongst inter-regional and trans-border groups, Continue reading “Ellen Visit To Cote d’Ivoire Strengthens Ties”
The Government of Liberia has expressed concern about news reports of recent attacks in border towns and villages along the border between Liberia and La Cote D’Ivoire.
The Liberia News Agency, quoting a statement issued Sunday by Information Minister Lewis G. Brown, said “Consistent with the policies of good neighborliness and a commitment to regional peace and security, the relevant Liberian security agencies are seriously investigating the reports as well as engaging their Ivorian counterparts.” Continue reading “Liberia Alarms Over Border Attacks”
The Ebola situation has improved in Lofa County and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to withdraw from the area.
New actors have arrived to help and since 30 October there have been no more Ebola patients in the Ebola Management Centre (EMC) in Foya. The success of MSF’s intervention in northern Liberia can be considered a model of response, benefitting from a comprehensive approach and constant community involvement. Continue reading “MSF Pulls Out Of Lofa As Ebola Outbreak ‘Disappears’”