United States Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas Greenfield has described as extraordinary and encouraging the level of work accomplished so far at the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant in White Plains outside Monrovia.Assistant Secretary of State Greenfield, who is a former U.S. Ambassador accredited to Liberia, told the Senate leadership when she met with them at the Capitol Building recently that her commendation was based on what she observed when she visited the worksite.The US diplomat told the Senators led by Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah that “the United States is working assiduously to see the completion of the hydropower plant,” and she would return in December when the plant would have been completed for turning over to the Liberian government. However, during his recent appearance at the Capitol Building, former Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh informed the Senate that the hydropower plant will be officially completed by July 2017.During the meeting held in the offices of Pro Temp Jallah, Secretary Greenfield reminded the senators that electricity is a key element that accelerates development and that the United States government has provided US$240 million for development purposes in Liberia, including the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant. Pro Temp Jallah praised the US government’s development assistance to Liberia over the years describing it as “dividends of a true relationship.” The hydropower plant is a major stimulus to economic activities, “because it is the source of electricity that engenders power and heat,” said the Pro Temp.The lawmakers thanked the US government for its continued and sustained support to Liberia which they said speaks to genuine collaboration between the two nations. They also acknowledged America’s involvement in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic as timely and helpful, culminating in the permanent working relationship between the US Centers for Disease Control and Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.The senators called on the United States to continue to stand by Liberia, especially in the wake of UNMIL’s departure.The Senate leadership attending the meeting with Assistant Secretary Greenfield included Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Chair on Executive; Varney G. Sherman, Chairman on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims & Petitions; H. Dan Morais, Chair on Foreign Affairs; Edward Boakai Dagoseh, Chairman on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget; and George Tamba Tengbeh, Chairman on Rules, Order & Administration.Other Senators included Stephen A. Zargo, Chairman on Defense, Intelligence, Security & Veteran Affairs; Peter Sonpon Coleman, Chair on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children Affairs; and Thomas G. Grupee, Chairman on Internal Affairs, Reconciliation & Good Governance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
THE Los Angeles City Council has a history of passing meaningless resolutions about issues it has no control over, such as the war in Iraq. But last week’s decision to take a stand against genocide in Darfur, Sudan, is an exception to the trend. In this case, city government actually does have some jurisdiction – as well as an obligation – to act. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the council have announced that the city’s pension fund will divest the approximately $27 million currently invested in companies that do business with or in Sudan. While the city’s divestiture will likely make little difference by itself, it’s significant in a collective sense. As more and more companies and countries break ties with the war-torn country, that will surely influence how the war plays out. Financial divestiture does work: just look at how it helped end apartheid in South Africa. This time L.A.’s meddling in international affairs actually serves a purpose, and a worthy one at that. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!