What Are LIBA’s Strategies for Greater Liberian Participation in the Economy?

first_imgThe Executive Committee of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) has reiterated its call for greater Liberian participation in the economy.LIBA President Dee Maxwell Kemayah, addressing a meeting of the Executive Committee last Wednesday, said the organization advocates “for indigenous (or Liberian-owned) businesses to take over the country’s economy,” but lamented the targeting of Liberian businesses in times of crisis. This tends to undermine the efforts toward achieving LIBA’s goal, he warned.The meeting was apparently called after the destruction of houses and businesses belonging to one of LIBA’s key members, Prince Howard of Ganta. Mr. Howard is the proprietor of the Alvino Hotel in that city which was attacked by hooligans in the recent violent demonstration there. The demonstrators accused him of being involved in the death of a motorcyclist in Ganta on September 30. Putting the country’s economy in the hands of Liberians remains LIBA’s primary objective, declared Mr. Kemayah.The question is, what strategies has LIBA put in place for achieving this objective?The reason we raise this question is that we still see Liberians missing in the grocery and general trading businesses, especially near the main market centers in Monrovia. These include the markets at Sinkor Old Road, Jorkpen Town, Rally Time,Waterside, Douala and Red Light markets, where market people get their supplies for retail selling.The Lebanese and other stores supplying marketers, especially market women, get their goods from the same wholesalers found across the bridge on Bushrod Island. Granted, the Lebanese and Indian wholesalers may have special prices from some of these outlets that are patronized by the market women. But this is where LIBA can come in and negotiate with the wholesalers to ensure that Liberian stores receive the same prices offered the foreign traders. The stores from which the marketers get their goods also supply middle class Monrovia families on a monthly basis. Liberian business people could do the same thing and develop a clientele not only from the marketers but also from those customers who buy their goods on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. What is LIBA doing to introduce Liberian business people to this market, which encourages Liberians to open stores near the market centers and enjoy the steady stream of market women coming in to buy goods for retail sale in the market places? Also, when was the last time Mr. Kemayah or any of his officials visited Camp Johnson Road? President Ellen Johnson herself noticed a few years ago that Camp Johnson Road is now dominated by Liberian-owned businesses and she stopped by to patronize several of them. But a close look at Camp Johnson Road today shows that many of these stores are closed—why? Has LIBA taken note recently? Has it investigated this? If so, what have been its findings and what is the Association doing about them?Several months ago we advised LIBA in an editorial that it should give great encouragement to Liberian businesses in the counties. Yes, they are encouraging Prince Howard in Ganta. But what of business people in Kakata, Margibi County, Gbarnga, Bong County, Kpain and Tapita, Nimba County, Zwedru, Tchien and Putu, Grand Gedeh County, Karweaken and Fish Town, River Gee County, Barclayville, Grand Kru County and Gedetarbo, Pleebo and Harper, Maryland County?There are the major cities and towns in the other counties in western Liberia—Clay and Tubmanburg in Bomi, Bo Waterside and Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount, Vahun, Foya District, Kolahun, Bolahun, Vezala, Voinjama, Zorzor and Salayea in Lofa County.What of Buchanan in Grand Bassa, Cesstos City in River Cess, Greenville, Juazon and Butaw in Sinoe?In all of these cities and towns, local entrepreneurs are in charge. But one can see that they are struggling. Has LIBA any plans to visit these areas and check out its members and other business people there to find out how they are faring and what are their challenges?It seems to us that LIBA needs to come forward with some clear strategies to improve and enhance Liberian participation in the business sector in Monrovia, the capital and around the country. We have seen that the government cannot do it alone, nor does this seem to be one of government’s top priorities. At a recent LIBA meeting some Liberian businesspeople lamented that it is people in the very government of Liberia that are doing everything to frustrate and undermine Liberian businesspeople.LIBA cannot sit supinely and see this happen. The Association needs to find some means of combating this problem and giving Liberians a competitive edge in business both in the public and private sectors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Young Stars Are Honored For Charity Work At Power Of Youth Event

first_imgOn Saturday, Variety honored Hollywood’s most philanthropic young entertainers at their seventh annual Variety’s Power of Youth event sponsored by Flips Audio at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.Flips Audio, the first ever headphones that convert to HD speakers, sponsored the star-studded event, produced in conjunction with Variety’s annual Youth Impact Report, and created a “Solo2Social” experience with their first headphone interactive red carpet activation for Variety. Celebrities tested Flips that were suspended from the red carpet wall fixture, and listened to some of their favorite tunes before flipping their headphone cuffs to speakers so guests could hear what they were enjoying.The event featured an exclusive afternoon of festivities, live performances and an awards presentation. The evening celebrated a select group of outstanding young entertainers, chosen to receive the Variety Power of Youth generationOn Award, who, through their efforts, have made significant contributions to their chosen philanthropic and charitable causes. The guest list was comprised of 500 invite-only guests, made up of the “who’s who” of under-25 actors, actresses and recording artists, industry executives and their families and the children and families directly affected by the honorees’ benefiting charities.This year’s honorees included Jake T. Austin (Ronald McDonald House Charities), Abigail Breslin (Project Sunshine), Nina Dobrev (Free The Children), Tyler Posey (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) and Quvenzhané Wallis (Teaching Gardens). The recipients got to relax backstage and listened to their favorite tunes with Flips, while waiting to be called to the stage to receive their awards for their generous philanthropic contributions.The goal of Variety’s Power of Youth initiative is to encourage the next generation of entertainers to support the philanthropic and humanitarian causes closest to their hearts – and to use their positions in popular culture to encourage their peers and millions of fans who look up to them to do the same. Celebrity supporters of the cause have included: Justin Bieber, Miranda Cosgrove, Darren Criss, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, Dakota Fanning, Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Vanessa Hudgens, Sarah Hyland, The Jonas Brothers, Angus T. Jones, Victoria Justice, Lil Romeo, Jesse McCartney, AnnaLynne McCord, Hayden Panettiere, Keke Palmer, Jordin Sparks, Hailee Steinfeld, Shailene Woodley and many more.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Les libéraux promettent des milliards de dollars et le contrôle de léducation

first_imgNouvelles nationales de l’APTNSASKATOON – Le chef du Parti libéral Justin Trudeau promet d’accorder 2,6 milliards de dollars en financement de base pour l’éducation des Premières Nations au cours des quatre prochaines années.Lors d’une annonce faite jeudi à Saskatoon, M. Trudeau a déclaré que l’argent serait principalement destiné à « combler le fossé » des dépenses en éducation entre les Canadiens et les Autochtones.D’après les chiffres fournis par l’Assemblée des Premières Nations (APN), les élèves qui vivent dans des réserves reçoivent en moyenne environ 3 000 $ de moins que les enfants inscrits dans le système provincial.Les libéraux proposent un plan similaire à celui que le gouvernement Harper a présenté en 2014, mais qui a été rejeté par l’APN.Harper a offert 1,9 milliard de dollars en dépenses sur sept ans et éliminerait également le plafonnement à 2 % pour le remplacer par un plafonnement à 4,5 %.Voici ce que propose le plan libéral :Investissement initial de 515 millions de dollars par année en financement de base de la maternelle à la 12eannée• Ce montant passera à 750 millions de dollars par année d’ici la fin du premier mandat• Nouvel investissement total de 2,6 milliards de dollars au cours des quatre prochaines années• Investissement de 500 millions de dollars au cours des trois prochaines années pour développer immédiatement les infrastructures scolaires des Premières NationsLe plan prévoit également de l’argent destiné aux étudiants de niveau postsecondaire. Quelque 50 millions de dollars en soutien annuel additionnel au programme qui appuie les étudiants de niveau postsecondaire, ainsi qu’un plan visant à obtenir de l’information sur le programme destiné aux étudiants dans les réserves.Le plan libéral promet également de collaborer avec les survivants des pensionnats indiens, les Premières Nations, la nation métisse, les collectivités inuites, les provinces, les territoires et les éducateurs afin de trouver des moyens d’intégrer aux programmes d’enseignement du pays les droits autochtones et issus des traités, l’histoire des pensionnats indiens ainsi que les contributions des peuples autochtones à la société canadienne.Les Chefs ont rejeté le projet de loi C-33 du gouvernement Harper, parce qu’ils pensaient qu’il octroyait au Canada un trop grand contrôle sur leur é[email protected]last_img read more