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Boakai introduces presidential transition & tourism bills

When enacted, the bills will govern all presidential transitional activities of the Liberian government, establish a Local Government Ministry to replace the Ministry of Internal Affairs and detach Tourism from the Ministry of Information.

By Bridgett Milton

Monrovia, May 1, 2024: President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has submitted to the Legislature for passage of three important bills, which include a presidential transition, tourism, and Ministry of Local Government Acts.

In his submission, President Boakai requested the House of Representatives enact bills to amend Title 12, Chapter 1, Part 1 of the Executive Law, Liberian Codes of Law Revised by creating a new sub-Chapter ‘’E’’ to be known as the Presidential Transition Act.

President Boakai told lawmakers that the nation is rapidly cultivating democratic values for healthy democratization, peaceful advancement, and enduring permanency.

He said the transfer of political power from one democratically elected President to another democratically elected President in recent history is a testament to this significant democratic progress.

‘’However, the non-existence of a legal mechanism/protocol for the organization and smooth transition has been a national issue sometimes creating inefficacy in the process,’’ he noted.

President Boakai continued that the bills, when enacted, shall apply to and govern all transitional activities of the

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Government of Liberia following the holding of General and Presidential elections culminating in the transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another.

He also submitted a bill to amend Title 30 of the Public Authorities Law, Liberia Codes of Law Revised to establish the Liberia National Tourism Authority Act.

He said the objective and purpose of this bill is to detach “Tourism” from the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism and make Tourism, which seems to be almost dormant, an independent entity that will enhance and improve the country’s tourism sector.

‘’The Tourism Sector, when properly managed, will be an engine of investment, employment, growth, national development, international integration, and reconciliation,’’ he said.

Additionally, President Boakai submitted a bill to repeal Chapter 25 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Title 12 Executive Law of 1972, Liberian Codes of Law Revised, and establish a new Chapter 25 to be known as the Ministry of Local Government.

The objective of this bill is to amend the Act establishing the Ministry of Internal Affairs and to create in its stead the Ministry of Local Government consistent with the Local Government Act of 2018.

President Boakai added that when this bill is enacted into law, the Ministry of Local Government shall be responsible for providing executive oversight to, mentoring, and guiding all local governments, specifically in managing balanced, socio-economic development programs.

‘’These include communal farming, research, boundary harmonization; empowerment of local communities, strengthening of the delivery of social services, cultural and traditional practices.”

“The Ministry will also enhance the promotion of peace and reconciliation and delivery of good governance, including popular participation, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, and access to justice at local levels, consistent with the Local Government Act of 2018 and all laws, policies, strategies, and regulations relating to local governance and peacebuilding.’’

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  1. “Ministry of Local Government & Ministry of Tourism” Acts.
    Following these fundamental progressive announcement – it is conceive that his excellent of the Republic of Liberia has the cognitive resilient of political will to practically transform the landscape of the governing atmosphere of this independent nation into a phenomenal auspices of a diverse great institutions. Thus would develop the African state of Liberia to become a vibrant hop for economic development and essential community to engage the international community and the world at large developmentally through the Ministry of Local Government and
    the Ministry of Tourism. It is urgent that the legislative bodies of the Republic of Liberia quickly pass these bills into law to strategically provide the government long awaited decentralization mechanism needed for the counties reconstruction, development and governing stability needed for these governing sectors to function accordingly.

    Congratulation Mr. President –

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