EU expresses confidence in Liberia’s foreign policy and hails Minister Kemayah’s role in advancing global issues – FrontPageAfrica

MONROVIA – The European Union and its Member States, in a press release, acknowledged the role played by the Foreign Minister of Liberia, HE Amb. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. said that the Republic of Liberia is currently playing an important role in restoring peace, security, stability, democracy and constitutional order to its sister republics in the region, the Union European Union reaffirms its willingness to support the Republic of Liberia and ECOWAS in these efforts.

According to the press release, these same values ​​inspire the strong positions taken by the Republic of Liberia after the illegal and unprovoked aggression of Ukraine by Russia, and its firm and decisive position on human rights in the Nations. United through the tireless diplomatic initiatives of His Excellency Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“The European Union and its Member States appreciate the constructive and regular exchanges based on shared values ​​with Minister Kemayah as well as with the Honorable Cllr. Musa F. Dean, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, during the fruitful exchanges within the framework of the 10th EU-Liberia political dialogue and in other formats. The EU and its Member States look forward to continuing their active cooperation to ensure full respect for human rights and the promotion of the values ​​of liberal democracy in multilateral fora and within the region,” the statement added. Press.

An insider who spoke to this newspaper said that some of the many notable achievements of Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Amb. Kemayah includes, but is not limited to, arrangements and establishment of Passport Application Centers have been finalized to provide passport acquisition services; including passports to Liberians in places where there is no diplomatic or consular representation of the Government of Liberia, Pretoria, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Melbourne, Australia; Minnesota, United States of America; Chicago, United States of America, New Delhi, India and Canada.

The insider further revealed that the official launch ceremony for the Republic of Liberia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Passport Application Centers is scheduled for Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

The diplomatic source said that the Minister of Foreign Affairs has issued a circular to all foreign missions/embassies/consulates in Liberia; ordering it as of July 1, 2021; all revenues generated/collected on behalf of the Government of Liberia shall be paid into the Government of Liberia Consolidated Account at the Central Bank of Liberia; in accordance with the Financial Management Act of the Republic of Liberia. The Minister’s excellent financial management contributed to the department’s great performance by exceeding revenue forecasts and achieving an increase in revenue from passport, visa and other consular services in the fiscal year – July 1 2020 to June 30, 2021; Special budget – July 1 – December 31, 2021; and from January 1 to December 31, 2022.

The source said the Minister has drawn up and published in an official gazette regulations requiring that all fee payments for the issuance of Apostilles, Articles of Incorporation (i.e. Blue Jacket) and laissez -pass are made at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), and present the flag receipts. to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to access the desired services.

“Through the World Bank’s Public Sector Modernization Project (PSMP), we have moved Ministry personnel records from the manual filing system (paper filing) to the digital records management system, DRMS electronic filing) and replaced the manual log in and log in. Output ledgers with digital clock devices. The department was awarded the total of USD 240,000.00 under this program after meeting all benchmarks set by the World Bank, which has enabled us to acquire 42 desktops, 11 laptops and currently provide full internet service to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs The digital employee records management system will provide easy access to employee information and proper management in real time.

“At the launch of the candidacy process in October 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it was a record for the administration of His Excellency President WEAH and Liberia when following intense lobbying, Liberia was approved at the 41st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union as Africa’s candidate for non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period; 2026-2027 during the elections scheduled for 2025; Liberia was also endorsed by the Group of African Ambassadors to the United Nations in New York in January 2022,” the source continued.

The insider said Japan has committed US$23 million for the reconstruction of the Gabriel Tucker Bridge at the Freeport Corridor, starting in early 2023; after Liberia received from Japan a total of 2,599.8 metric tons of rice or 86,000 30 kg bags of rice for monetization worth US$1 million to expand Duala market and build a modern parking lot to decongest the huge traffic along the Duala-Virginia corridor.

“On the sidelines of the AU-EU foreign ministers meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, Liberia, represented by its foreign minister, signed a memorandum of understanding with Hungary, represented by its foreign minister, on October 26, 2021, for cooperation in the field of higher education. As a result, the first batch of nine (9) Liberians have met all the requirements to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degree studies in the Republic of Hungary. A team from the Hungarian Embassy in Accra is due to travel to Liberia on August 18, 2022 to complete the biometrics and visa process for the nine (9) Liberians held.

“In addition, the Hungarian government is committed to providing a $50 million official development assistance (ODA) credit facility to the government of Liberia, to invest in the sectors of energy, ICT, agriculture, water and sanitation, including youth and women empowerment programs.

“As part of the Minister’s ongoing reform initiatives, we have secured the GOL-LPA scheme for employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our head office and field service personnel have the opportunity to acquire building materials and other items to build homes and improve their lives before retirement. Currently, 42 employees currently benefit from the MOFA-LPA scheme; and 100 employees have benefited from the company’s EDEN360 salary advance scheme,” the source said.

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