AT ECOWAS Parliament
– Liberia Highlights Progress
Liberian legislators at the ECOWAS Parliament have represented a Country Report, bordering on progress and challenges the Liberia faced since its last report in May of this year.
Presentation of Country Reports at the ongoing Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth Legislature by the various lawmakers from the 15 ECOWAS countries at the Parliament is part of routine legislative activities at the level of the regional parliamentarian body.A dispatch dated December 5, 2017 from Liberian Embassy in Abuja says, the December Country Report, presented on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, covers the political and security situation in Liberia, the status of the implementation of the ECOWAS’ Community Levy, the ratification of the community protocols and conventions, and the implementation of the ECOWAS’ community programs.
The Report also touched on Liberia’s status of implementation of the ECOWAS infrastructural and transportation policies and programs, the status of implementation of ECOWAS macro-economic program as it relates to level of achievement of convergence criteria and the sensitization activities carried out by parliamentarians.
Montserrado County Representative, Edwin Melvin Snowe, Jr, read the Report on behalf of the Liberian Delegation that includes Montserrado County Senator, George MannehWeah, who is the head of the Delegation and Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson. Others are Representative Jefferson Karmoh of Sinoe County who is the Third Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament and Representative HajaFattaSiryon of Bomi County.
On Liberia’s political situation, the delegation reported that it is relatively cordial despite the current electoral process: “As we may know, Liberia conducted presidential and representative elections on 10th October, 2017. Seventy-three members of the House of Representatives were elected.”
The Report, however, adds: “however, in keeping with the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, for a candidate to be declared winner for the presidency, the candidate must obtain not less than 50 percent plus one (50%+1) of the total votes cast. Of the twenty (20) candidates for the presidency, no one candidate reached such constitutional requirement.”
According to the dispatch, the Report than commented on the ongoing legal process surrounding the electoral process, disclosing that the Liberian Supreme Court is expected this week to give its ruling on the status of the stay-order it placed on the process last month following a complaint from the Liberty Party.
“To this end, Liberians and the world are watching the legal process to see its logical conclusion. There has been a general atmosphere of calm amongst the parties and citizens”, the release quotes the Country Report.
Relative to the drawdown of the United Nations Missions in Liberia, (UNMIL) couple of months ago, the Report explains that the Government of Liberia through its relevant institutions that are responsible for dealing with security and combatting terrorism, including the National Security Agency (NSA), the Ministry of National Defense and the Liberia National Police (LNP) have been working together to maintain peace and security in order to prevent terrorism throughout Liberia.
On the economy, the release quotes the Report as saying that the outlook of the “Liberian economy appears gloomy premised on the outcome of the presidential election and enhancement of investments in infrastructure developments as well as implementation of agricultural programs”.
The Report then adds that the economic activities are expected to improve by the end of the first half of 2018.
The Liberian legislators also included in their Country Report Liberia’s continuous implementation of its regional integration commitments within the framework of the ECOWAS Single Currency Program.
Other aspects covered in the Report include the Status of Implementation of the Community Texts, Ratification of the Community Protocols and Conventions, Implementation of the Community Programs and Community Levy and Liberia’s successful hosting of ECOWAS Mid-term Statutory Meetings between May and June of this year.
Meanwhile, the Country Report concludes that Liberia continues to make considerable progress on the regional front, achieving key deliverables.
The ongoing Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament kicked off on the 21st of November and will end on the 9th of December, 2017.