LIBA executives along with other members from Liberia and USA pose for a group photo after the pre-launchThe Liberian Business Association (LIBA-Liberia) and the United States chapter of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA-USA) have pre-launched a new business idea, “Put Liberia First Campaign,” to encourage Liberian-owned business entrepreneurs to support each other.Jackson George, executive director of LIBA-USA, who pre-launched the campaign, told a cross section of Liberian businesses that the campaign is also aimed at encouraging Liberians to support Liberian-owned businesses.Mr. George said the “Put Liberia First Campaign” will serve as a promotion tool to encourage business owners to prioritize Liberian-owned businesses, as well as products created by Liberians, on the market.At an elaborate meeting held yesterday in Paynesville by LIBA-Liberia and LIBA-USA, the executive director further said the interest of Liberian business institutions and entrepreneurs will “benefit from this unique opportunity that recognizes their efforts towards achieving quality.”In remarks, the president of LIBA-Liberia, David K. Sembeh, expressed frustration with the way Liberian businesses are treated.“It is pitiful to note that there are perceptions out there that we Liberians are not patriotic citizens, not nationalistic, and not supportive, especially when it comes to business; and it is true, so this campaign is to conscioustize us to move forward.“We want to set Saturday aside for this campaign and everyone here should serve as ambassadors out there and where Liberian businesses can feel the impact of other Liberians,” he said.However, Mr. Sembeh said the campaign is not intended to push out foreign counterparts, “we are not against them doing business in the country, but we want to make sure that Liberians take back their economy.”For her part, M. Leelai Kpukuyou, secretary general of LIBA-Liberia, urged Liberians to support Liberian owned-businesses.“Go to a Liberian restaurant to eat, visit a dry cleaner, be able to get in touch with Liberian travel agencies, and construction companies wherever we can in order to support our own economy,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mayor Gibson “we will work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A)”Paynesville City Mayor Cyvette M. Gibson was yesterday inducted as president of the Association of Mayors and Local Government Authorities of Liberia (AMLOGAL) at a program held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.Her 10-person administration will steer the affairs of AMLOGAL for the next two years. Madam Gibson said AMLOGAL will function to embrace all local authorities to build their capacities to become part of the government’s decentralization program.She said soliciting support from stakeholders and partners will be “our key strategy towards achieving this goal.”“In this regard, we will work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A) to put in place a full-fledged secretariat in six months, including hiring a robust, dedicated, and effective administrator with strong implementation skills to lead the secretariat,” she said.The secretariat will begin the implementation of “our five-year medium-term strategic plan under our leadership. During the same period, we will strive to obtain a Legislative Charter for AMLOGAL to enable it to have the appropriate status deserving of such an organization in the eyes of the Liberian society and the international community,” said Gibson.She said her leadership will engage the MIA to initiate the drafting of an act to be submitted to the Legislature.Mayor Gibson called on the MIA, UCLG-A and Cities Alliance to organize a one-week team building and resource mobilization training workshop for quick impact skills development and capacity building of the twenty city mayors who are the nucleus of AMLOGAL.“I assure our partners that the burden of financing this organization will not be your obligation. The first line of funding for AMLOGAL will be a one percent assessment of our individual city budgets which will be contributed as the annual membership dues,” Madam Gibson said.The secretary general of the UCLG-A Secretariat, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, pledged the organization’s support to the Liberian chapter.“I want to thank you for your clear vision, objectives and core values as mayors, who have led the formation of this body. I urge you to push your government to sign and ratify the Local Government Chapter. Since 2014, your government has yet to sign or ratify that agreement,” he noted.In remarks, the senior urban specialist of Cities Alliance, Mr. Omar Siddique, promised his organization’s commitment to providing financial support to the new AMLOGAL leadership.He disclosed that Liberia has become the 41st country in Africa to organize the local government association, stressing that this will further promote development at the local level.MIA’s Deputy Minister for Urban Affairs, Mr. Stephen Y. Neufville, said AMLOGAL will be a catalyst bringing many development benefits to Liberia as it paves the way for knowledge sharing among sister cities.Among the visitors at the occasion were Vice President Joseph Boakai, House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, Speaker, Pro Tempore Armah Z. Jallah, Internal Affairs Minister Henrique Tokpa, Deputy Minister at MIA Stephen Neufville, and GSA director general Mary T. Broh.Others were Mr. Ngouelondele, Acting President of African Mayors & local Authorities/Mayor of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Parks Tau, World President of Mayors & Local gvt Assoc, Republic of SA, Clare Short, Chair of Cities Alliance Mgmt Board and Mr. Farid Zarif, SRSG.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ashley Quigley, in her first organized game since playing for Arcata High in the 2016-17 season, led all scorers with 26 points as College of the Redwoods women’s basketball defended home-court on opening night, downing visiting Simpson University 77-71 Tuesday evening.“Everything felt very good tonight,” Redwoods head coach Jain Tuey, now in her third season at the helm, said. “We were feeling very comfortable on the court. We talked before the game about bringing out the excitement and …
Ray Maota Brand South Africa held its Youth Summit on 12 June 2012. Joining the CEO of Brand South Africa, Miller Matola and Deputy Minister Obed Bapela, are Ngwanatheko Maserumule of South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (far left); Lucia Motloung the president of Junior Chamber South Africa and its secretary-general, Angel Kgokolo (far right) . Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Obed Bapela, said that the youth should understand that there is no menial job as everybody is needed for the country to run accordingly. Panellists that engaged with the delegates include: Ezra Ndwandwe of Dualpoint Holdings; Catherine Peter of One Young World; Lucia Motloung, president of Junior Chamber South Africa; and, Absa’s Sisa Ntshona.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry HilesBrand South AfricaDigital content manager+27 11 483-0122RELATED ARTICLES • SA is Africa’s top nation brand • Hold on to freedom, says Brand SA• Building a thriving African brand • Insights into doing business in SA Delegates from government, big business, civil society met with young entrepreneurs and students in Sandton, Johannesburg, for Brand South Africa’s Youth Summit on 12 June, where they discussed the social and economic problems facing young South Africans today, and how the youth can take charge of their own futures.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola was there to give the agency’s view on youth development, while deputy minister in the Presidency for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Obed Bapela delivered a keynote address on the government’s role in youth development.About 100 young people, mostly entrepreneurs and students, got a chance to engage with business leaders and discuss active participation in the country and economy, building a competitive nation brand, and creating jobs for graduates.South Africa, like many other countries in Africa, has a growing population of young people and, according to Brand South Africa, the energy of the youth can be harnessed to build the economy. Different struggles, same fight June is Youth Month in South Africa, commemorating the June 16 1976 uprising led by young students from Soweto. This year the country pays tribute to the 36th anniversary of the event, and to the pupils and community members who lost their lives in that important milestone in the struggle against apartheid.“Youth Month is a time when we commemorate the youth of 1976 who died for their ideals of equality and freedom for all,” Matola said in his address.Although the efforts of 1976 were for a different cause, he said, the same level of dedication is needed by the youth of today to fight for a different cause – the fight for economic emancipation, which can only be won by tackling unemployment.“Today’s youth is liberated, but the level of unemployment among them is a social ill experienced throughout the world.“Addressing this issue is very important in realising government’s Vision 2030.”Vision 2030 is a programme to promote mass entrepreneurship in South Africa. In its proposals on the economy and employment, the plan predicts that small and expanding firms will produce 90% of the new jobs needed for full employment.Matola also discussed Brand South Africa’s role in nation branding, which he said is our promise of who we are to the world and a promise that we need to keep, like any other brand.“A nation’s brand is also a way to attract investment as the world no longer owes us anything.” According to Brand South Africa, if young people take part in the development of the country, they will be partners in the process of nation building and not passive observers.Speakers came from a range of organisations with a focus on youth issues, and included Catherine Peter of One Young World, Lucia Motloung of the South African chapter of Junior Chamber International and Flavio Bassi from social entrepreneur organisation Ashoka Southern Africa.Ezra Ndwandwe of Dualpoint Holdings spoke about entrepreneurship, while TV personality Pat Pillai represented Life College Group and Gavin Mageni was there on behalf of Absa Bank. Investment in youth Bapela quoted former Mozambique president Samora Machel, saying: “Youth is the age at which you become rich with education, or remain poor forever.”He also spoke about how investment in youngsters is needed and how the African Union should revisit the African Youth Charter if this is to be done properly in Africa and not only South Africa.The Youth Charter creates a legally binding framework for governments to develop supportive policies and programmes for young people, and serves to fast-track the implementation of these policies and programmes, such as investing in rapid skills development in youngsters.“The youth should understand that there is no menial job as everybody is needed for the country to run accordingly,” Bapela said.Using the example of two different professions, plumbers and doctors, Bapela cited how plumbers can earn higher hourly rates than doctors through their trade, but said young people tend to shun such skills.“The only difference is that most plumbers are not able to run their businesses properly; that is why they seem to be making less money than doctors,” he said. Entrepreneurship is the key Entrepreneurship is another way for young people to become self-sustainable and create jobs for others.“Entrepreneurship is vital, rather than promoting a culture of job seeking among youngsters,” said Bapela.Most delegates agreed, with Ndwandwe citing research findings that most start-up businesses fail because of lack of funding from state organs like the National Youth Development Agency and the banks.“Entrepreneurship is overused and least understood. It is about innovators and creators of solutions that fill a gap.” Entrepreneurship is not just sitting on a street corner selling stuff, he said.“It is about coming up with solutions to societal problems and ways to create employment for others.”Following the discussion session, delegates drew up recommendations on how to tackle youth unemployment, which will be compiled by Brand South Africa and presented to Bapela for him to take to provincial and national level.
Kalpana Chakravarthy at StreelakhaPlacards, posters, black flags and silence are characteristic of Vimochana’s protests. But that is only when they take to the streets to protest atrocities against women or seek justice. Fortunately there is nothing dull or sad about Streelekha-a sister concern of Vimochana- the first of its kind,Kalpana Chakravarthy at StreelakhaPlacards, posters, black flags and silence are characteristic of Vimochana’s protests. But that is only when they take to the streets to protest atrocities against women or seek justice. Fortunately there is nothing dull or sad about Streelekha-a sister concern of Vimochana- the first of its kind bookshop in the country that stocks a wide range of feminist writings and literature.Streelekha occupies a single room in the beautiful exposed brick construction and is run efficiently by Kalpana Chakravarthy sporting a bindi the size of a one rupee coin.White wooden shelves stand out against red walls and are stocked with books that range from feminist writings and women’s issues related literature to fiction and poetry. There are comfortable wooden stools and chairs with fluffy cushions to give you a relaxed time.Donna Fernandes, the founder says that Streelekha was born out of a need to develop an alternative to the mainstream publishing world that didn’t offer much on women writing and was limited to cooking and beauty tips.” Streelekha, along with Vimochana, has been in existence since 1985, and has served as an academic resource center for research scholars and writers. Chakravarthy and Fernandes reminisce about the golden years two decades ago when they would cart back cartons of books from feminist fares across the world. “We would ask them to donate all the books that they didn’t sell and we would bring it back for Streelekha.” Times have changed and both admit that there is a lot more serious writing today, thanks to the inclusion of women’s studies in universities. Streelekha’s biggest challenge is to sustain itself in a market-driven economy where commercial book shops offer massive discounts at sales. Besides stocking books, Streelekha and Vimochana hold poetry readings and meetings at the space. Most recently Streelekha has ventured into publishing and has three new titles in English and Kannada.Those seeking writings on womens issues or books by women should head to Streelekha and while there, dont even think of asking for Mills and Boon or chicklit.advertisement