Rep Kogar Indicts Foreign Ministry

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Nimba County District #5 Representative, Samuel G. Korga has pointed accusing fingers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for tampering with Bills send for printing.

Rep Samuel Kogar

Speaking to Legislative Reporters after Thursday’s regular session, Rep. Kogar alleged that laws made by them(lawmakers) are tampered with at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the printing into hand Bills processes.

The Nimba County Lawmaker said that “that is why the Plenary which is the highest decision-making body of the House of Representatives send our Committee report to the Committees on Judiciary to investigate findings”.

During Thursday’s regular session, the Committee on Commerce, Trade and Industry presented its report on stakeholders’ engagement for a better legislative oversight to the plenary of the House of Representatives.

Within that Committee’s Report, they highlighted 12 findings with eight recommendations which the plenary of the House of Representatives has mandated its judiciary committee to investigate and report to that body in two weeks.

Among the findings Commerce Committee said it was discovered during their investigation that the Act repealing the investment and incentive Act of 1073 which passed May 15, 2010 is evidentially ambiguous to the extent that there is an addendum which is not part of the original Act as required by policy publication proceedings and procedures which the committee said is a violation of the constitution.

The committee among its eight count recommendations called on government to ensure that there is a policy frame work in place to protect and further enhance empowerment of local businesses as enshrined in Act establishing the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), that the Ministry of Commerce is empowered so as to implement regulations between and among importers, wholesalers and retailers respectively.

Part of the committee’s eight count findings, they said that due to the fragmentation and lack of coordination between the Liberian Business Association and other emerging Liberian business organizations, there seems to be serious administrative and supervisory dysfunctions which must be synchronized.

In their findings, the committee said the relevant authorities of GoL refusal and failure to monitor the investment threshold as set aside in the investment Act of 2010, something according to him is creating embarrassment for the business community.

They also pointed out that entities in the frozen goods sector are importing frozen goods and doing wholesale at the same time retailing, something the committee said is causing serious problems and impeding the growth of Liberian businesses.

The committee also recommended the revamping and rebranding of the Liberia Business Association with an annual allotment of not less than fifteen million United States Dollars.

“The Committee after a careful and comprehensive assessment of challenges, opportunities and the way of empowering indigenous Liberian Businesses, we recommend that all legitimate organizations by statue be synchronized into one body and an annual budgetary allotment in the GOL budget be made available” the committee report recommendation added.

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