Liberia: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 11:16 am
It wasn’t easy getting ECOWAS members to hold a conference in Israel. The 15-member Economic Community of West African States held their first-ever seminar outside West Africa. They learned hands-on about Israeli irrigation technology and how a tiny Middle Eastern country under attack from all sides has managed to thrive in adversity. “In Israel we make the impossible possible,” a conference organizer said. “This conference is an example.” Netanyahu plans to visit West Africa in a few months.
Kevin Mwanza, 3:15 am
Immigrants to the U.S. from Ebola hit West African nations face deportation from May when their work permits expire after the Department of Homeland Security declared their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will end on May 21, 2017. The decision has spread fear amongst thousands of immigrants from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone who were hard-hit by the Ebola virus that killed more than 11,000 people and led to economic stagnation in the three nations.
Dana Sanchez, 1:29 pm
Canada’s renewed commitment to Africa seems strategically timed to coincide with uncertainty about future U.S. commitment. President elect Donald Trump has tweeted almost nothing on the subject. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just returned from his first African trip as head of state, unveiling a host of spending initiatives that support gender equality. “I’m hoping that the new president of the U.S. will be inspired by Canada’s position,” a stakeholder said. Absent from Trudeau’s agenda was discussion of freedom of speech.
Dana Sanchez, 5:52 pm
Ghana hasn’t had a national long-haul carrier since Ghana Airways, one of Africa’s oldest airlines, stopped flying in December 2015. Getting one will remove one of the stumbling blocks that prevented Accra from becoming a West African hub for air travel. There is no strong airline and no airport hub in West and Central Africa. Ghana made up for the absence of a strong carrier by issuing other airlines rights to carry passengers from Accra.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:19 am
Liberia, one of the poorest nations in sub-Saharan Africa needs $1.3 billion to revive its economy, two years after an Ebola epidemic that ravaged the nation and plunged its economy into recession. The West African nation is targeting a diversification in its economy to reduce over-reliance on iron ore and rubber, its biggest foreign exchange earners that fell at the peak of the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
Dana Sanchez, 12:11 pm
Oil-importing African countries are showing an improved business environment as the continent endures its slowest growth in more than two decades. In contrast, countries that export commodities are under economic pressure due to low oil prices including three of Africa’s largest economies. Some countries that are doing better are predicted to grow at more than 6 percent. IMF predicts average growth will fall to 1.4 percent in 2016, less than half of 2015 growth.
Dana Sanchez, 2:09 pm
Blacks are getting squeezed out of the marijuana business all over the U.S., says Ron Jones, founder of Sons of Hemp. The organization gets its name from the Bena Riamba or “Sons of Hemp” who lived in equatorial West Africa in the 1800s. The Bashilenge tribe worshiped hemp and formed a religion around it. Although U.S. minorities use marijuana at about the same rate as whites, they get arrested and go to jail for it more often. Sons of Hemp sued Detroit and now it plans a cannabis school to help nurture cannabis startups.
Mark Rausch, 6:36 pm AFKI Original
After centuries of slave trade and British colonial rule, Nigeria was made a British protectorate in 1914, and the Seal of Solomon was raised — a green star on a red disk, representing the colony of Nigeria. In 1959, on the verge of independence, a national flag contest was announced. Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, a student living in London, beat out more than 3,000 contestants. On the day of autonomy, Oct. 1, 1960, the new flag was raised. Green represents forests and natural wealth. White represents peace.
Dana Sanchez, 6:28 pm
Ibrahim got rich on telecommunications, but he has invested millions in good governance. “Power corrupts absolutely,” Ibrahim said. He called for more international outrage over stolen elections. “People are learning how to steal elections because that looks less brutal than saying ‘I’m president for life,'” he said. “There is a limit to how long they can go on stealing elections. More and more of these elections are being subject to the harsh light of … social media.”
Kevin Mwanza, 6:50 am
Liberia, the oldest independent nation in Africa is set to get its first stock market after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Milton Weeks, the Central Bank Executive Governor sent draft acts to the senate last week. The move came nearly six years after the West African nation initiated plans to set up the securities market. The lack of a middle class with the ability to invest in companies listed on the securities exchange is a major reason that has held back the nation
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