The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Commerce Refutes Media Report

The Independent Newspaper has been accused of running propaganda against the Commerce Ministry.According to information, few individuals in the media circle are using their profession to cajole other well meaning Government Officials.

The information says further that on December 28, 2012, the Independent Newspaper described a Government Official (name withheld) as poorly performing as Cabinet Minister of the year 2012.

The information further said that after carefully investigating and research made, it proved that the Independent Newspaper has become a pay agent for another Government (name withheld) who has an agenda to push one of his stooges to take the place of that Minister so as to allow him exercise exclusive control, and giving him wider latitude in controlling various Government posts.

In accordance, Dean has lost every degree of respect in the center of journalism in Liberia and he has become biased and opinionated because of being obsessed with the lust of few dollars and record over the year proved that he sold his profession for money to get at others which included his attempt on several Government Officials.

The Commerce Ministry since 2006 has been working in the interest of the Liberian people, when there was problem in the regulation of prices of goods and services which continue to escalate (sky-rise) at will across Liberia and as a result Lebanese and other foreign merchants continue to decide the fate of thousands of consumers by determining how their goods and services are priced.

The manner in which most of these business people defended their actions against the Liberian people left one to wonder as to what was actually going wrong with the price system as it related to the role of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, an institution created by the Liberian Law to regulate goods and services, as well as their prices.

It is no doubt that since the inception of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's Administration, Liberia's market at least to some extent has been controlled under the direct leadership of Commerce, Minister Miatta Beslow.

Many Liberians in and out of Monrovia are commending the Commerce Ministry for some 'good steps' it has taken to improve the business atmosphere in Liberia, thus attracting foreign merchants as well as propelling the interest of Liberian businesses. The Liberians said the main challenges of price control and regulating goods and services must be a matter of urgency if it should be actually seen as executing its duties and functions as enshrined in the Act creating it.

The Liberian said, the steps taken by the Liberian Commerce Ministry to at least control and regulate prices in the Republic of Liberia means a lot for the Commerce Ministry and Liberia as a whole.

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