SBE Act ‘Taking Effect’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told the nation that the Small Business Empowerment Act (SBE) is now taking effect in the country. Delivering her state of the nation address on Monday on Capitol Hill, Madam Sirleaf said the Act, which was launched last year, requires all government entities to spend a minimum of 25 percent of their procurement budget on goods, services and works from Liberian owned businesses, five percent of which must be directed to Liberian women owned businesses. Based on the current budget, she assured that a total of U$70 million could be injected into the Liberian economy through Liberian-owned businesses to ensure that they are properly funded and capacitated.President Sirleaf said already 104 of 6000 Liberian businesses have registered free of charge and are in compliance with the process established by the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC). “We urged all Liberian owned-businesses, including the media and law firms to register and take advantage of the 25 percent preference which will help the country achieve this objective, noting that, it is important that all three branches of government make maximum effort to ensure full implementation of the law which benefits our people,” she said.She however used the occasion to recognize two dynamic entrepreneurs, one in the agriculture sector – Mr. Mahmud Johnson of J-Palm Liberia, who processes palm kernel for oil; and Mr. Alex Garley of Garreston Steel, a manufacturer of nails. Several small-scale and medium scale operations from copybooks manufacturing, printing, rubber wood and meat processing, and hospitality have potential to grow in size. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We cannot allow these dreadful acts of deceit’ – Council calls for abolition of HSE

first_imgDonegal County Council is calling for the abolition of the HSE following the CervicalCheck scandal.The unanimously-backed motion developed from Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher’s call to send condolences to the women affected by the smear test scandal and to seek a reformation of the HSE and mandatory disclosure without delay.Cllr Gallagher said the health service has engaged in ‘skullduggery’ by covering up the disclosure of CervicalCheck audits. She said: “The HSE belongs to the people of Ireland and to see a body that is belonging to the people of Ireland doing this, frankly makes me question why it hasn’t been disbanded over this.”Cllr Gallagher said: “I would like to acknowledge that 17 women have died who were unaware of the cervical smear scandal last month. This council should be sending condolences to their families.”Cllr Gallagher paid tribute to the brave Irish women, namely Emma Mhic Mhathúna and Vicky Phelan, who have come forward to expose the scandal.“We owe a debt of gratitude to Vicky Phelan, I cannot imagine the bravery that woman has shown. “I have no doubt that what Vicky Phelan has done will save lives in Ireland,” Cllr Gallagher said.Cllr Gallagher said she has lost sleep over the recent events and has been contacted by women in Donegal who are worried about their own tests.“I have a number of women ringing me, who fear that they may have been in this situation, but they want to know how do they find answers.”Cllr Niamh Kennedy added: “This is quite an emotional time for women, and we as women trust we will be cared for and treated by medical experts.“The misleading information means it is too late for some. We cannot allow these dreadful acts of deceit. “The Cervical Check call centre is reassuring to some, however it is a tragedy it has to be set up in the first place. A mandatory disclosure is absolutely vital,” Cllr Kennedy said.Cllr Bernard McGuinness added that Members of the Regional Health Forum West voted last week for the abolition of the HSE in its present form. Donegal County Councillors voted unanimously for the abolishment.‘We cannot allow these dreadful acts of deceit’ – Council calls for abolition of HSE was last modified: May 29th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cervical checkDonegal County CouncilHSElast_img read more