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China, LNBA commit to fight corruption

By Lincoln G. Peters

The Chinese Embassy near Monrovia and the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) have committed to collaborate to enhance Liberia’s rule of law reform program, and support the fight against corruption, and capacity-building.

During a meeting held on 30 November 2022, LNBA president Cllr. Sylvester D. Rennie and Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Amb. Ren Yisheng expressed commitment to collaborate to enhance Liberia’s rule of law program.

A release dated 6 December 2022 under the signature of LNBA National Secretary General Cllr. Bornor M. Varmah said at the meeting, Amb. Ren assured the leadership of the Bar that the Chinese Embassy will actively promote exchanges and cooperation between the All China Lawyer Association (ACLA) and the LNBA.

Hosted by the Chinese Ambassador at his Embassy in Congo Town, the meeting saw the two sides agree to collaborate in several areas including exchange programs between the LNBA and the ACLA.

They agreed to enhance and strengthen capacity building, reform the rule of law sector, and support the fight against corruption.

The statement also added that the People’s Republic of China is ready to facilitate visits to China and provide training opportunities in China for LNBA leadership members.

Amb. Ren used the time to inform the leadership of the LNBA about the tremendous progress made by the Chinese government in accelerating its Rule of Law program through “Law-based Governance of China.’’

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The Chinese diplomat detailed that to build a stronger rule of law system, there must be a need to achieve complete scientific and unified legal norms.

He also cited fair and efficient authoritative law enforcement and justice system.

The ambassador reminded the LNBA about its role in the areas of peace and stability, democracy and justice which will only enhance prosperity and development in Liberia.

He urged the umbrella organization of Liberian lawyers to always strive to safeguard the correct implementation of the law, fairness, and justice.

He believes that these will always protect the legitimate rights and interests of the Liberian people.

Responding to the Chinese Ambassador, LNBA president Cllr. Sylvester D. Rennie commended the People’s Republic of China through its Embassy near Monrovia for the partnership and support of the institution.

“As a progressive partner, the LNBA will always remain engaged with relevant international partners such as the Chinese Embassy to critically dissect Liberia’s rule of law program,” he said.

Cllr. Rennie said the LNBA will proffer alternative mains to keep Liberia’s democracy afloat. 

“The LNBA believes that a vibrant rule of law system will only guarantee peaceful co-existence for Liberians,’’ he noted.

The LNBA leadership also used the opportunity to command state prosecutors for ending their three-week strike which paralyzed courts across the country.

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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