The Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Lewis G. Brown has emphasized the need for Liberia to market its tourism to the international world, which will enable it to be explored and developed.Making the disclosure at the Ministry of Information’s regular Thursday press briefing held on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Minister Brown averred that the beauty of Liberia’s tourism, including the Bomi Lake, was a place to be when in search of tourism sites in Liberia.He emphasized the need for a genuine effort to continue in promoting Liberia’s own products and showcasing these to the world of tourism.But it is important to remind heads within the tourism sector of Liberia that there are many characteristics of tourism as an activity, which make it particularly relevant to low income countries and to poor communities within them.In research on drivers of world trade, turism places great value on some common features of developing countries, such as warm climate, rich cultural heritage, inspiring landscapes and abundant biodiversity. These strengths can be particularly apparent in rural areas, which may have a comparative advantage for tourism while being at a disadvantage in most other economic sectors.He explained further that tourism also helps in creating job opportunities for the citizenry, in which Liberians must all engage, in order to ensure that the sector is developed and can achieve its outlined goals, including creating employments and giving facelifts to the nation. “Our traditional displays of Liberian fashion help to market this country in the area of tourism. And tourism also helps in creating a facelift for the country, community and its citizens,” he notedHe said that with the completion of roads and major infrastructures in other parts of the country, there would be a great kindness of the ocean, golden beaches and others colorful tourism areas in Liberia.Minister Brown said one of the characteristics of Liberians that will be display in Bassa during the World Tourism Day will be the extraordinary handshake, which Liberians are known for, though more is expected to take place, including the traditional food of the various tribes.He said the activities of this year will be held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and called on all Liberians, including hip-co artists, traditional dancers and cultural dancers, among others, to make their presence known on Monday, September 28 to celebrate this great day.“We continued to get better and better within the area of tourism on a daily basis and we must work in sustaining this environment as well as bringing more attractions to the sector and the world. We also need to believe in locally-made products, displaying what we have as a country and people,” he cautioned Liberians.The Minister also admitted to the lack of infrastructure within the tourism sector of Liberia, which has received the greatest criticism from the public, expressing hope that there will be improvement when roads and other developments are completed.In researching its accessibility to the poor, Tourism is a relatively labor intensive sector and is traditionally made up of small and micro enterprises. Many activities in tourism are particularly suited to women, young people and disadvantaged groups such as ethnic minority populations. Many tourism jobs are potentially quite accessible to the poor, as they require relatively few skills and little investment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Under heavy criticism…says H2H data being verified, polling day staff being trained…less than 1/3 of names registered during H2H inputted in system – sourceUnder a constant barrage of criticisms for the continued delay in holding elections, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) claims that it is multitasking, by training polling day staff and inputting data while the Commission deliberates on timeframes.Guyana Elections CommissionAccording to GECOM in a statement on Monday, they are currently verifying and encoding the House-to-House data that was gathered and scheduled to be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants (NRR) database.“In addition, the Commission is moving swiftly with the training of polling day staff countrywide. To date, training has been completed in Region 4 (Georgetown, East Bank and East Coast) and Region 5. Training will be conducted in Regions 1, 2 and 10 on September 7-8, 2019,” GECOM said.“The Guyana Elections Commission is committed to ensuring it produces a credible list for the conduct of credible General and Regional Elections within the shortest possible time in accordance with law,” the Commission added.Meanwhile, sources have confirmed to this publication that as of Friday, GECOM had scanned and inputted less than a third (approximately 120,000) of the over 370,000 persons who were registered during House-to-House into the system.It is understood that the data generated from this process will then have to be analysed before attempts to add them to the NRR are even made.After a more than four-hour-long meeting on Friday last, both Opposition and Government-aligned Commissioners disclosed to media operatives that March 2020 was one of several timelines proposed by the Secretariat.Government-aligned Commissioner Vincent Alexander confirmed that March 2020 is one of the dates discussed during the meeting. According to the Commissioners, one of the activities proposed to be undertaken by GECOM during that period is the printing of new national identification (ID) cards. However, Commissioner Bibi Shadick contended that such an initiative is unnecessary.She pointed out that ID cards are not needed to vote, as any other form of identification, such as a passport, is accepted. In lieu of any such documents, she said voters can sign an oath at the polling stations.After this revelation, a number of figures in several sections of the media have come out critiquing not only GECOM, but its Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh. In its statement, GECOM pointed out that these discussions are slated to continue at the next statutory meeting on September 10.ConstitutionArticle 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) goes on to say: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.A No-Confidence Motion (NCM) was passed against the government since December 21 of last year. However, elections were not held and there was no resignation. Instead, the Government went through several levels of court, unsuccessfully arguing that the NCM was not validly passed.At the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final court had thrown out the Government’s case and had handed down judgement saying that when the NCM was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated. In addition, the Court had noted that the provisions of the article were clear.Instead of immediately starting serious preparations to hold elections in the shortest possible time, GECOM proceeded to carry out House-to-House Registration based on the orders of unilaterally appointed former Chairman retired Justice James Patterson. A court case challenging this process and seeking to have GECOM comply with the Constitution was in fact filed.While that process was ultimately stopped by his successor, the decision to merge the new data from House-to-House and to prioritise the printing of identification cards, instead of seeking to have elections held as soon as possible, has been criticised by People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated GECOM Commissioners as part of the Government’s delaying tactics.