Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Governance, Larry Younquoi
Rep.Younquoi Calls for National Conference On Liberia’s Rubber Sector
By Richard Stephens
MONROVIA June 2 (LINA)- The Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Governance, Nimba County District Number 8 Representative Larry Younquoi, is calling for the holding of a national stakeholders conference on the country’s rubber sector.
Speaking Tuesday in an interview with the Liberia News Agency at his Capitol Hill office, he said the conference will make extensive use of the findings and recommendations of previous investigations conducted 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.
It can be recalled that in April 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued Executive Order 60 replacing the previously issued Executive Order 50, which had governed the sector prior to that time.
He disclosed that the Executive Orders in question were aimed at ensuring restriction on the sale of unprocessed rubber outside of Liberia, curtailing the operations of brokers, granting rights to Firestone to be the sole buyer and determiner of prices of rubber in the country.
The Nimba County lawmaker also observed that the existence of the Executive Orders has at least provided a reference point and an institutional framework for the conduct of various actors in the rubber sector of Liberia.
Representative Younquoi then emphasized that with the expiration of Executive Order Number 60, it is now time for the Legislature to seize the opportunity to ensure that the sector does not slide back into the jurisdiction of an Executive Order because there are laws and legal instruments for the governance of the rubber sector.