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Justice Minister, Frederick Cherue
Justice Minister, Frederick Cherue

MONROVIA-The Attorney General of Liberia has announced that government has reached a negotiated settlement with the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL) in addressing their numerous concerns and those Liberian businesses are to now return to normal transactions.

Justice Minister, Frederick Cherue, told ELBC,Tuesday,January 31,2017  that key among other things agreed upon are that the government, through the Liberian Revenue Authority (LRA), will reinforce government's policy on taxes to be paid both in Liberian and United States Dollars.

The LRA will issue a circular to this effect and ensures its staffers adhere to this mandate.

He said on PATEL’s claim about police harassment on petit traders, it was agreed that a joint team of PATEL and the Liberia National Police (LNP) will work to select common areas in the city where  petit traders will be allowed to do business, and the safety of traders and general public guaranteed.

Concerning the Paynesville City Corporation’s (PCC) imposition of heavy fees on commercial activities in Paynesville, Minister Cherue said a meeting involving the PCC, LRA and Commerce will be held with PATEL to agree on adjusted fees to be paid by businesses in Paynesville.

He also said while PATEL was made to understand that the high rate of foreign exchange was mainly due to external economic factors, the relevant government institutions were working to ensure stabilization of the increasing rate.

Meanwhile, the Justice Minister said that the Liberian Government is calling on the public to go about normal business, as it will continue to ensure the protection and safety of all.

Nonetheless, the stay-home strike initiated by the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia which began yesterday, and prompted the negotiated settlement mentioned by Attorney General Frederick Cherue, seems to be holding as stores and other commercial houses remain closed on Wednesday in continuation of the declared three-day slowdown.

 


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