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Rep. Younquoi calls for rubber stakeholders conference

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Rep . Larry Younquoi
Rep . Larry Younquoi

( 4, 2015)-The Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Governance is calling for the holding of a national stakeholder’s conference on the country’s rubber sector.

Representative Larry Younquoi says the conference will extensively make use of the findings and recommendations of previous investigations by the House Plenary on the rubber sector.

He explained that Executive Order Number 60 issued April last year by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to govern the rubber sector, has expired.

The Nimba County District Number 8 Representative made the statement Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in an interview with the Liberia News Agency at his Capitol Hill office in Monrovia.

It can be recalled that in April 2014, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf issued Executive Order Number 60 replacing the previously issued Executive Order Number 50. Executive Order Number 50 had governed the sector, prior to that time.

He said the Executive Orders in question were aimed at ensuring restriction on the sale of unprocessed rubber outside of Liberia, curtailing the operations of brokers, and granting rights to Firestone to be the sole buyer and determiner of rubber prices in the country.

The House’s Governance Committee Chairman also said the existence of the Executive Orders has, at least,
provided a reference point and an institutional framework for the conduct of various actors in Liberia’s rubber sector.

Representative Younquoi then emphasized: “With the expiration of Executive Order Number 60, it is now time for the Legislature to ensure that the sector does not slide back into the jurisdiction of an Executive Order.”

He said such move by the Legislature was necessary, because there are laws and legal instruments for the governance of the rubber sector.


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