30 January 2013

Liberia: Ellen Pleads With Lawmakers

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reminded members of the 53rdNational Legislature to begin the enactment of several bills presently languishing in committee rooms of the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate. Delivering her State of the Nation Address on Monday in Monrovia, President Sirleaf said there are still a few critical Bills awaiting enactment.

Madam Sirleaf named the bills as the Decent Work Bill; the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Bill of 2012; the Bill Establishing the Financial Intelligence Unit of Liberia; the Amendment to Chapter 17 of the Liberian Code of Laws Revised, New Judiciary Law, Chapter 4, Relating to the Jurisdiction of the Debt Court and Related Matters.

Others includethe Bill to Ratify the Loan Agreement for the Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization Project with the African Development Bank; the Bill to Establish the Liberia Rural and Renewable Energy Agency and the Rural Energy Fund.

The Liberian leader named other bills as the Bill to Amend the Aliens and Nationality Law regarding Permits of Residence; the Bill on Criminal Conveyance of Land; the Bill on New Payments System for Banking; and the long-delayed Bill on a Code of Conduct.

"I hope that I can count on you to act speedily on these important legislations," the President added.

At the same time, President Sirleaf has issued nine Executive Orders that include, Executive Order No. 40 Suspending Tariff on Road Construction Equipment.; Executive Order No. 41 which exempts Selected Public Entities from Customs Duties on Fuel;Executive Order No. 42 which waives Taxes and Tariffs on Anti-Malaria Commodities and Products; and Executive Order No. 43 which protects Whistleblowers.

She also issued Executive Order No. 44 which protects Liberian forests by the imposition of a temporary moratorium on private use permits; Executive Order No. 45 which extends the suspension of tariff on rice; Executive Order No. 46 which reinstates the suspension of the protective tariff on cement; Executive Order No. 47 for the Continuation of the Liberia Rural and Renewable Energy Agency and the Rural Energy Fund; and Executive Order No. 48 which extends Executive Order 39 that Delimits Liberia's Maritime Zones.

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