VPA Gets Another 3-Year Mandate

first_imgMadam Hѐlѐne Cavé, EU Ambassador toLiberia.— EU, Liberia Launch Phase II TomorrowThe lifespan of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the European Union (EU) and the Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), has been graciously extended by another three-year period, an FDA release has said.The ceremony marking the official launch of Phase II of the VPA takes place on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Monrovia. It is expected to be graced by an array of government officials and an EU delegation. This Long Term Technical Assistance to Implement the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in Liberia is a project, funded by the EU for the continuation of EU support to the forestry sector to assist the implementation of the VPA/Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT).GoL will be represented by FDA managing director, C. Mike Doryen and the EU by Ambassador Hélène Cavé.The objective of this project is to contribute to the development of Liberia’s forest sector by increasing the value of traded timber products through the strengthening of overall forest governance, sustainable management of forest resources, law enforcement, and rule of law, and equitable sharing of forest benefits, among others.This second phase of EU assistance will emphasize the trade rather than aid aspects of the program. This phase aims at enabling Liberia develop its capacity to issue FLEGT Licenses to help increase international trade with higher paying markets like the EU and others.For this to happen, completing the building of systems and procedures and putting these into operation is needed, so that a Legality Assurance System is fully in place in Liberia. Private operators and community forest owners can then be encouraged to obtain FLEGT Licenses and benefit from added-value exports to premium markets.The FDA is already increasingly taking over responsibilities for managing and financing the VPA implementation.The EU assistance to the VPA process started in 2013 under a first phase of VPA support through a co-financing arrangement between EU and DFID by a total of approximately EUR 20 million, implemented through two main technical assistance projects; one to create a Legality Verification Department (LVD), and the other a VPA Support Unit (VPA/SU). This was complemented by funding of specific additional actions, like support to the civil society, and the independent auditor.A key feature of the EU project is that it will help FDA to provide this coordination in its role as Lead-Agency. This will be achieved through the institutions and processes that were set up for VPA in the first phase; such as the VPA Secretariat, the Liberia Implementation Committee (LIC), National Multi Stakeholder Monitoring Committee (NMSMC) and the guidance provided by the Forward Planner (the VPA road map).The main counterparts to this project are the Government of Liberia institutions administering the forest resources namely the Forest Development Authority (FDA), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MoFDP), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Ministry of Labor (MoL). The present project is a second phase of the specific technical assistance, totaling around EUR 3.4 million.Liberia, a country rich in natural resources with over 4 million hectares of forests, has successfully emerged from war into a peaceful democracy. With variable figures during the last decade, the current contribution of the forest sector to the GDP is estimated around 10 to 11% with ambitions from the current administration to increase this contribution to at least 12% in the coming years, hence the importance of emphasizing trade.The export of commercial timber generates about US$8 million of government revenue annually, which is roughly 26% of the total earnings from natural resources.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hull City 0-3 Newcastle United: Magpies add to Bruce’s misery

first_img1 Remy Cabella John Carver earned his first victory as Newcastle United manager as the Magpies comfortably beat Hull City at the KC Stadium in the day’s early kick off.Remy Cabella impressively opened his account for Newcastle as half time approached, before second half strikes from Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran condemned Hull to their fourth straight defeat.The win sees Newcastle move back into the top half of the table, whilst Hull remain in deep trouble down in 18th with 15 games remaining.Newcastle brought in Ameobi and Gouffran from the home defeat to Southampton two weeks ago, but it was the hosts who had the more clear-cut early chances.After Moussa Sissoko flashed a shot wide for Newcastle, Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini somehow combined to deny Curtis Davies what seemed a certain goal after Ahmed Elmohamady’s deep cross.Five minutes before half time, Cabella won possession 30 yards from the Hull goal and weaved his way through a few challenges before striking a brilliant left foot effort past Alan McGregor to put the visitors in front.The first half finished on a bizarre note as Elmohamady ran off celebrating after putting the ball in the net, only to be booked for what turned out to be a clear, Maradona-esque handball.It didn’t take the Magpies long to double their lead in the second half, as Ameobi emphatically punished Gaston Ramirez for casually conceding possession with a dipping left foot effort from 30 yards.Hull nearly halved the deficit when Krul saved Ramirez’s angled strike, but Gouffran put the result beyond doubt with a deflected effort after ghosting his way through a non-existent home defence.Newcastle held on for their first clean sheet in ten outings, while it is now six defeats in their last eight games for Bruce’s struggling Tigers.last_img read more