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Gov’t Tightens Grip on Foreign Funding

first_imgThe government last Monday announced that all international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOS) receiving foreign funds would now be disclosing details of such funding, including the source, purpose and how the funds were spent.Making the announcement during her Annual Message to Legislature, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the decision was in line with her government’s “compliance and regulatory environment” policy.Interestingly, people may consider the policy as government suppression of NGOs,’ but President Sirleaf clarified that it is intended to strengthen the NGOs by encouraging them to be transparent and accountable in their stewardship.“Last year, I announced several policy measures on the operations of NGOs that are intended under a compliance and regulatory environment, to strengthen them for proper transparency and accountability of the resources they receive and the results that they produce,” she emphasized.  Instructing the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to enforce her administration’s policy, President Sirleaf declared, “The Ministry is to ensure implementation of those measures by finalizing the NGO’s policy guidelines and re-registration process to be announced by the end of the first half of 2015.”She said the new plan will transition NGOs’ registration from a manual computer based system to an online registration process.According to her, it would enable the international and local non-governmental organizations properly to  account for their operations at the local level where they work, allowing local government to have real time information on which NGOs is doing what and where.“This is consistent with our new drive to de-concentrate and decentralize the delivery of services and to foster greater accountability to local government and citizens’ structure by the NGOs operating at the local level.At the same time, she applauded them for what she described as their “speed and effectiveness during the Ebola outbreak.”“NGOs operating in Liberia continue to be very strong partners in our development work. The speed and effectiveness of their response during the Ebola outbreak made tremendous contribution to our national effort,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister Gaskin visits Essequibo to discuss business sector

first_imgMembers of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry last Thursday met with Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, as it relates to issues surrounding the county’s business sector.According to Chamber President Deleep Singh, the meeting was scheduled so as to bring ‘a sigh of relief’ to the business community.Some of the concerns raised included the poor supply of electricity in the area.Business Minister Dominic GaskinAdditionally, there were complaints of cruise bookings by the Transport and Harbours Department, which resulted in passengers and vehicles being stranded.Meanwhile, citizens and business owners have raised eyebrows regarding the threat to the fishing industry by the production of oil and gas in Guyana by ExxonMobil.Also raised were the continuous hike in fees by various banks along the coast and complaints by residents that their accounts were closed without any notification prior to closure.Additionally, the insufficient parking for vehicles at Parika, renovation of the Red Lock airstrip, improper garbage disposal and inadequate access to finance and training were other matters that were ventilated.In response, Minister Gaskin stated that he would address all concerns under the remit of the Business Ministry and would make further arrangements to forward the other issues to the Ministries responsible.last_img read more