LAND COMMISSION: The Land Commission is on its way to solving Land Snags

Public hearings on the proposed Land Rights Bill took place in the Chambers of the Liberian Senate on Monday, August 10, 2015, before the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment (lead Committee) and the Committee on Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions, as well as the Committee on Lands, Mines, Natural Resources & Environment and Judiciary of the House of Representatives, with call from a cross-section of Institutions represented, including the Governance Commission, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI)

LETS LECTURE: 2015-2016 National Budget: The Revenue Side

Last week, we dealt with the format of the budget and suggested ways in which the budget could be presented by our financial managers to our lawmakers and to the public to inform them of how the budget is being executed and how, during the course of the year, actual revenues and expenditures compare with the budget and the same period in the previous year. Today, we will deal in some detail with the revenue side of the FY 2016 budget (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016).

LET'S LECTURE: The National Budget

This is the first of a series of articles on the national budget that was passed last Thursday by our national Legislature. The FY 2016 budget runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. It incorporates all the money the Legislature and our fiscal managers (Ministry of Finance and Liberia Revenue Authority) believe will be collected in taxes, monies that will be received from non-tax sources, and loans that will be received from domestic lenders, international financial institutions such as the IMF and World Bank, and budget support from donors in the form of grants (free money).


On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30 and July 1, 2015, respectively, the Land Commission held two important roundtable stakeholders’ meeting on the draft Land Rights Bill, currently before the Legislature, and the draft Liberia Land Authority Act, the proposed institutional structure to implement programs and activities related to land governance, including land administration and land management in Liberia.

Harry Greaves

LET'S LECTURE: What Can We Learn from NOCAL's Predicament?

How did NOCAL ever get into the pickle it is in? I keep asking myself. Part of the answer is in the governance arrangements that attend our state-owned enterprises. When Steve Tolbert set up public corporations in the 1970s, it was his intention that they would be a contributor, not a burden, on the public exchequer. The National Port Authority used to contribute millions of dollars to the government back then. But today, most of our public corporations survive thanks only to subsidies from the government.


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