President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has established a Ministerial-Level Task Force to direct and coordinate economic development strategies and policy in each of the three critical sectors of the Liberian economy.
The sectors include Agriculture and Agro-Processing, Mining and Manufacturing and Business Support. An Executive Mansion release said the President established the Task-Force on Friday October 23, 2015 during a special Cabinet meeting to discuss issues of strategic national importance, most especially the economic reconstruction and recovery efforts of the country.
Those nominated to the Ministerial-Level Task Force on Agriculture and Agro-Processing are President Sirleaf, (Chair); Minister of Agriculture (Deputy Chair) and the Ministers of Finance and Development Planning, Internal Affairs, Public Works, National Defense and Commerce and Industry (members).
Others are the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and the Chair of the National Investment Commission; while the Director-General of the Cabinet supported by the Economic Advisor will coordinate the Task Force.
For the Ministerial-Level Task Force on Mining, the President named the Minister for Lands, Mines and Energy (Chair); the Ministers of Finance and Development Planning, Justice and Internal Affairs (members).
Others are the Director-General of the National Bureau of Concessions and the Commissioner-General of the Liberia Revenue Authority; while the Director-General of the Cabinet, supported by the Economic Advisor will coordinate the Task Force.
With regards to the Ministerial Task Force on Manufacturing and Business Support, those appointed include the Minister for Commerce and Industry (Chair); while the Ministers of Finance and Development Planning, Gender, Children and Social Protection, and Post and Telecommunications are members.
Others are the Commissioner-General of the Liberia Revenue Authority, Director-General of the National Bureau of Concessions, and the Chairman of the National Investment Commission; while the Director-General of the Cabinet, supported by the Economic Advisor will coordinate the Task Force.
Each Ministerial-Level Task Force is mandated to identify key ongoing activities in the sector that could benefit from government support or assistance and prepare a timeline for possible government intervention(s); identify opportunities and actions that can be planned and executed within the next six months; develop and submit detailed measures to implement the opportunities or actions identified; and report to the President and Cabinet weekly.
In a related development, the Cabinet, at a meeting held on Wednesday, October 21, endorsed the National Investment Commission’s Public-Private Partnership Policy, but suggested additional input by the Ministry of Justice.
On promulgating new regulations on missing Liberian ECOWAS biometric passports, the Cabinet mandated the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice to conduct independent studies on whether these proposed regulations fully meet international standards and are in line with legal requirements.
Regards the Ministry of Transport update on License Plates for Motor Vehicles, the Cabinet mandated the Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs to work with the Ministry of Transport to resolve a few outstanding issues.
Following the Civil Service Agency’s update on Contributory Pension Scheme, the cabinet, noting that it’s an area that has long been lacking in our governance structure, suggested that more time was needed to make substantive proposals on the way forward.