Cabinet Reviews Tier Three Performance Updates

first_imgIn a continuing bid to construct an impressive list of accomplishments by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration, the Cabinet yesterday met to review Tier Three Performance updates from the Ministries of Commerce, Agriculture, Information, the Civil Service and General Services Agencies towards setting the agenda for accomplishing critical goals in the remaining months of the administration.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Cabinet was briefed on how the agriculture sector, agro-processing and value addition would lead to manufacturing and service delivery. Key triggers toward manufacturing include amendment of section 16 of the Revenue Code, renew executive order 64, adopt ECOWAS CET, pass special economic zone act, and enact foreign trade and competition laws. Other activators are to create signature lists for manufacturers, reform and streamline inspection procedures, attract packaging and labeling investor, improve the doing business indicators in Liberia and implement the development of the Monrovia Industrial Park.The General Services Agency (GSA) briefed Cabinet on guidelines, policies and procedures for the tracking, maintenance and operation of government assets. The registration of major capital assets such as buildings and vehicles and building human capacity in the GSA and the Ministries, Agencies and Commissions to manage assets on a day-to-day basis were reviewed. The GSA stated that it has successfully completed the construction a US$500,000 facility in Paynesville to carry out fleet maintenance for government-owned vehicles. On the agriculture front, cabinet was briefed on the strategic alignment of key stakeholders for improved efficiency, revise agriculture donor working group, synchronize agricultural and manufacturing task force, revive operating procedures and identify leads for sector working groups. So far, a total of 137,000 farmers across the country have been registered into a database. The President will lead an array of government officials for the official launch of the Ministry of Agriculture e-Registration of farmers in Liberia at the Clay Youth Agriculture Vocational Training Center on Saturday, May 21. Meanwhile, the Cabinet was also provided updates on the pay and pension reform within the Civil Service, the optimal sizing and workforce development. Under workforce development, Cabinet has approved CSA’s guidelines that “No new Ministers can take up their new positions with an entourage from their previous ministries”. As part of CSA’s reform initiative, there will be a formal launch of a Job Description Catalogue for Ministries and Agencies and Performance Management Policy Manual on Friday, May 20, at the Monrovia City Hall at 10:00a.m.In a related development, Cabinet was brought up to speed on the status of Providence, the National Museum as well as the Cultural Village. A proposed bill to transform the Liberia News Agency into an autonomous agency is being finalized for submission to legal consultants for relevant inputs prior to being sent to the National Legislature.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IRISH TRAVELLERS TO TURKEY ADVISED TO REMAIN VIGILANT

first_imgTHE Department of Foreign Affairs is urging Irish travellers going to Turkey this summer to “exercise a high degree of caution”.In a statement it said that the threat from terrorism in Turkey remains high.The Department cautioned those travelling to exercise vigilance and to avoid large public gatherings and all demonstrations and follow the instructions and advice of the local authorities. It also urged caution if using public transport, in particular the metro systems in Istanbul and Ankara.The statement said: “We strongly advise against travelling to the border areas between Turkey and Syria in light of the current instability in the region, in particular the provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and Mardin.“The Turkish military have operations along the Turkish border with Iraq and you are strongly advised against all travel to the border provinces of Hakkari and Sirnak. In addition, we would recommend against travel to the Siirt, Tunceli and Diyarbakir provinces.“While areas popular with Irish travellers are located at a substantial distance from these regions, vigilance is required in tourist areas such as Taksim Square in Istanbul and locations close to police and military installations, which may be targets for terrorist attacks. “Terrorist attacks are, by their nature, random and indiscriminate and cannot be predicted in advance. You are advised to remain vigilant, particularly in public places that are frequented by foreigners”.Travellers to Turkey were also advised to:Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.Follow DFA on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide. Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.IRISH TRAVELLERS TO TURKEY ADVISED TO REMAIN VIGILANT was last modified: July 3rd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Irelandtravel adviceturkeylast_img read more