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NGO Coalition Reaffirms Commitment to VPA

first_imgMr. Samuel K.B. Kwennah: “The VPA is legally binding on timber-exporting countries outside the EU.”Members of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Coalition of Liberia yesterday, October 3, at a ceremony in Monrovia, reaffirmed its unflinching support and commitment to the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) amid effort to stay the course of the process.The NGO Coalition of Liberia is a conglomeration of local non-governmental organizations working alongside government and international partners, to ensure the prudent management of Liberia’s natural resources, including its forests.The VPA between the European Union (EU) and the Liberian government is a legally binding trade agreement signed with timber-exporting countries outside the EU.It’s aim, according to the VPA management chair, Samuel K.B. Kwennah, is to ensure that all timber products destined for the EU market from a partner country such as Liberia comply with the laws of that country.Henceforth, the VPA is providing a much needed technical support to Liberia’s forestry sector.Coalition’s reaffirmation to the VPA comes in the wake of a revision of progress during the 6th Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) Forum held in June, 2018, which has resulted into the signing of an aide memoire based on noticeable lapses for the past five years (September 2013-September 2018).Mr. Kwennah said the need for commitment to this process is reviewed by an annual JIC forum and sealed by an aide memoire.In spite of completion and publication of the aide memoire, Coalition of Liberia believes that partners should recommit, engage and collaborate on the VPA, which aims to support the prudent management and fair distribution of revenues from natural resources.The JIC review this year initially ended in a deadlock on June 14, 2018, because the EU and the Liberian government failed to concur on certain key issues that were believed to be very crucial to the process.However, after a month-long debate (June 14 to July 10, 2018,) which led to clarification and declaration of positions at the level of the VPA, the aide memoire was finally signed on July 10.The Coalition, like other organizations, fully understands the challenges and constraints the pro-poor government is experiencing in terms of accessing funding for national development. On that account, the Coalition said it must acknowledge that it stands with the government in its drive to attract financial resources to carry out the much needed development.Kwennah said the Coalition believes such effort must not undermine ongoing reform process in forest governance by the EU and other international partners, which is intended to safeguard the remaining forests and empower community’s members on how to negotiate social agreements.The NGO Coalition of Liberia and its members implore the government to remain committed and ensure continuance of the VPA as it brings with it immense benefits and immeasurable impact that have been assessed so far.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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StarTimes acquire broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League

first_img0Shares0000StarTimes Marketing and PR Director Mr. Japhet Akhulia (left), acting CEO Mr. Hanson Wang, Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata and StarTimes head of Corporate Sales Mr. Edward Wesonga (right) during the unveil of the UEFA Europa league broadcast rights. StarTimes will broadcast the European clubs competition for the next three seasons running till 2021.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 – Pay TV provider StarTimes Media has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for UEFA Europa League.This will see the broadcaster air 205 live soccer matches during each of the three seasons that will run until 2021. The media rights will run across all platforms including pay television and online mobile application enabling subscribers to access the premium European Club Competition both at the comfort of their homes and on the go.Speaking during the launch ceremony, StarTimes Marketing and PR Director Japhet Akhulia noted the brand’s progressive efforts to secure content that continues to distinguish StarTimes as the home for Premium sports content at the most affordable subscription rates in the market.“The acquisition of exclusive broadcast rights for the UEFA Europa league for the next three seasons is very strategic as this is a culmination of our dedicated efforts to continue airing premium sports content while remaining affordable for the majority of Kenyans who want to enjoy at the comfort of their homes and flexibility through the StarTimes mobile APP,” noted Akhulia.The development adds to the already rich football action available on the StarTimes platform which includes broadcast rights to the on-going German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Ghana Super League as well as the FIFA Club World Cup which is expected to kick off in December.StarTimes has dedicated five channels to the rich footballing action, three of them being High Definition (HD) which includes World Football (HD), Sports Premium (HD), Sports Arena (HD), Sports Focus and Sports Life. The channels will have additional offerings including multi-language commentary in English, Kiswahili and French.StarTimes head of Corporate Sales Mr. Edward Wesonga (left), Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata (centre) and Japhet Akhulia StarTimes Marketing and PR Director during the unveil of the UEFA Europa league broadcast rights. StarTimes will broadcast the European clubs competition for the next three seasons running till 2021.With the broadcast rights extending to availability of the matches on the StarTimes mobile application, soccer fans will be in a position to stream live matches on Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD).StarTimes subscribers will enjoy the UEFA Europa league and other top tier soccer leagues from as little as Ksh 599 per month on basic bouquet. Other bouquets include Classic and Unique bouquet that retail at 999 and 1,499 respectively. Subscribers on the lowest bouquet – Nyota Bouquet that retails at Ksh 259 per month will access also enjoy access to select matches.The same will be available from as little as Ksh 899 on Smart bouquet and Ksh 1,499 for Super bouquet on the StarTimes satellite television platform.The company’s flexible subscription payment options continues to allow subscribers the freedom to pay conveniently daily, weekly or on a monthly basis in an effort to ensure fans do not miss a single match.Of the four bouquets available on the StarTimes terrestrial technology platform, subscribers pay a daily fee of as low as Ksh 22 on Nyota bouquet, Ksh 50 on Basic bouquet, Ksh 83 on Classic bouquet or Ksh 125 for Unique bouquet.Weekly charges on Nyota, Basic, Classic and Unique bouquets are Ksh 86, Ksh 200, Ksh 333 and Ksh 500 respectively.StarTimes subscribers on the satellite television platform are also in a position to access three of the available bouquets at a daily rate of Ksh 37 for Nova bouquet, Ksh 75 for the Smart bouquet and Ksh 125 for the Super bouquet.Weekly charges on Nova, Smart and Super bouquets are Ksh 150, Ksh 300 and Ksh 500 respectively.“During the three UEFA Europa League seasons, we will have broadcasted up to 615 live soccer matches this in addition to the over 20 weekly live matches available from the broadcast of the top tier soccer leagues which presents rich offering for every soccer fan in the country,” concluded Akhulia.0Shares0000(Visited 153 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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