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FDA Embraces Partners’ Supports, Opens 5-Day Seminar on Public Communications

first_imgThe Management of the Forestry Development (FDA) has embraced efforts by its partners, particularly the Voluntary Partnership Agreement Support Unit (VPASU) for their intervention to improve the sector thereby sustainably managing the forest.FDA Managing Director, Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., gave the commendation yesterday in Monrovia when he formally announced a five-day initial opening of the Public Communications and Outreach Commitments and training workshop.“The FDA extends gratitude to its partner, the VPASU for the level of support it continues to render, and it embraces all efforts by them to improve the sector sustainably manage the forest,” Mr. Karnwea emphasized.According to him, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), though focuses on ensuring the improvement of Forest Governance, it is also engaged in strengthening the FDA’s internal capacity, particularly, the Public Relations Department and staff in other departments who engage in public outreach and education.The exercise is to strengthen the FDA internal capacity to better serve the public’s information needs.It is an important step forward in ensuring that the public understands and supports the management’s efforts. It is based on this that the FDA commenced a ‘robust skills development program’ for its newly branded communication department.  The VPA is a bilateral agreement between the Liberian Government (GOL) and the European Union (EU) which was signed and ratified by Liberia on December 1, 2013.To have a transparent and legal Forest Management System, the GOL through the FDA negotiated a VPA with the EU in 2006, and it took effect in December last year.This process has since been participatory by Liberian Government officials, CSOs, Media, and representatives of communities nationwide. The process is to transform the lives of people, their affected communities, etc.Importantly, the VPA addresses the problem of ‘illegal logging activities; promotes sustainable forest management; guarantee timber products access to European markets, and ensures legal logging activities in the country.’The five-day training workshop which began yesterday is supported by the VPASU and funded by the British Government through the Department for International Development (DFID) and the EU. It is expected to end on Friday, June 20.“FDA knows it has to increase the communication and public outreach to the general public who largely do not know,” Mr. Karnwea said.According to Mr. Karnwea, the FDA is also determined to strengthen and rebuild its relationship with the public including the civil society organizations (CSOs) as the valuable partners as well as the private sector and other government ministries and agencies that are largely the beneficiaries of the forest.While the five-day training workshop intends to build the capacity of the Public Relations Department and other staff at the FDA, the entity demonstrates its commitment at the same time to improving her public communications and outreach strategies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berahino tweet will not impress WBA after Tottenham third and fourth bids

first_imgWest Brom have rejected a third and fourth bid from Tottenham for Saido Berahino, who angrily tweeted he will NEVER play for the club.The Baggies instantly dismissed the approaches and remain determined to keep the England Under-21 striker at The Hawthorns.Berahino had a transfer request rejected last month with Albion angered by Tottenham’s continued pursuit of the 22-year-old. And now it looks like he has had enough of the whole situation.https://twitter.com/SBerahino/status/638744042772299776//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsBaggies’ chairman Jeremy Peace said previously: “As I have made clear from the moment Tottenham lodged their first bid for Saido on August 18, selling our top goalscorer was never on our agenda this summer.”In addition, Peace appears to be unimpressed by his opposite number Daniel Levy’s attempts to sign the player.“Not only have the offers been too low as a valuation of the player, but they have been based on stage-payments and add-ons over a long period which do nothing to reflect Saido’s ability and potential,” he added, when ruling out a sale in August. 1 Saido Berahino last_img read more