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|FDA Promises To Begin Commercial Logging|
|Published on January 02, 2009||Email To Friend Print Version
The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) says it will never be dissuaded from the path of progressively advancing the removal of hurdles to begin commercial logging for thousands of job to be created.
“We are aware that this democratic dispensation provides freedom of expression, equally so, there are several issues to be taken into consideration such as defamation of character.
But such freedom has corresponding responsibility to safeguard the characters and integrity of others.” a release from the entity noted
The FDA reaction comes in the wake of a publication in the News Newspaper captioned citizens outraged over forest agreement, ‘Coerced’ to Sign Social Contract at Night’.
It says the story was published unbalanced, noting that the paper did not get its side of the story.
The FDA says it considers this as an attempt by those who are not in tone with the new paradigm of development in the forestry industry of Liberia and are bent on derailing progress that have been made by the institution over the years.
FDA quoted an Act adopting the National Forestry Reform Law (NFRL) of 2006, which states that, ‘Where as past instances both Liberians and non-Liberians political patronage, corruption, tax evasion, violations of the rights of local communities and lack of transparency have resulted in the mismanagement of the forests resources, even fueling conflict’.
“As a result of this unfortunate history in the forestry sector of our economy, a reform process was set in motion with the support of the international community, to bring transparency in the sector. As part of the process, concession companies are required to sign social agreements with communities in which they operate such as the one signed by the Liberia Tree and Trading Company and the Community in Rivercess County,” the release observed.