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Govt clarifies freeze on organic rubber exportation

By Jacob Parley

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-The Liberian Government has clarified that moratorium placed on the exportation of unprocessed rubber does not affect Firestone, Cavalla, and other big rubber companies in the country.

The Government said: “Based on technical understanding, rubber produced by Firestone, Cavalla and other large companies is considered processed, considering the stages the product goes through at those companies.

“Rubber from these large companies are normally channeled through the mailing system, placed into crates and dehydrated by 100 percent before being shipped out of Liberia,” the Executive Mansion said in a release.

Presidential Press Secretary, Jerolinmek Piah, made the clarification Friday April 19, 2013 at a news briefing at the Foreign Ministry on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, since her ascendency to Liberia’s highest office, has been conducting state affairs at the nation’s Foreign Ministry on Capitol Hill.

President Johnson-Sirleaf’s decision to use the Ministry to carry out official state matters is due to the destruction of the Executive Mansion by Fire, during the July 26, 2006 Independence Day celebration.

At the same time, the Government has postponed its announced meeting with representatives of youth groups in Liberia to next Monday April 22, 2013 at the Foreign Ministry.

According to the Presidential Press Secretary, the decision is intended to afford other youth groups in the country the opportunity to attend the gathering, following numerous appeals to the Liberian Leader. 
Mr. Piah said: “Executive Order Number 50, announced by the Government Thursday April 19, 2013, remains in force.”

“Executive Order Number 50 affects only those engaged in rubber theft and have no technical capacity of processing the product,” he added.


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