She said law reform is important to the USAID-sponsored LEPDA project and to the governance of Liberia as a whole.
The USAID official was speaking Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the end of a two-day Capacity Building Workshop for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Professionals and Interest Groups on the National Law Reform Policy (NLRP).
The workshop, which was supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the project of the Liberia Economic Policy Dialogue Activity (LEPDA), was aimed at providing information and training on the NLRP. It was held at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia from Wednesday, November 17, 2021 to Thursday, November 18, 2021.
Speaking further, Madam Tatten indicated that rule of law is cardinal to peace and security because without this people will result to systems that are not in compliance with basic standard of living.
“Liberia has experienced conflict itself and we hope that, that never happens again,” she noted.
The USAID official maintained that without access to justice there is no peace, and as such, it is absolutely critical for the LRC to given be given the needed support to be able to do its job appropriately as its activities aim to promote peace and stability.
“The private sector has to have fate in rule of law institutions. The rule of law is very essential to sustainability and peace that we are currently enjoying in Liberia,” she added.
In remarks, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LRC, Cllr. Boakai N. Kanneh, stressed the pressing need for the passage of the NLRP, which according to him, is critical to good governance.
He pointed out that nothing is useful without governance issues, noting that in order for the country to move in the right direction and eliminate corruption there must be good governance, which comes on the shoulders of good laws.
“Corruption leads to bad laws and as such, there is a need for reform. If we must fight corruption, there must be good laws and good systems by which these laws can be passed and this is why we are pushing for this reform,” Cllr. Kanneh asserted.
He hopes and prays that the workshop will not yield the needed outcome that will make policymakers to act speedily to the passage of the reform act.
“Here after we must make the necessary move so that this document is accepted by the stakeholders. This is not a talking shop. Let’s keep doing what we supposed to do for the country. With collective effort and hard work, things can change,” he added.
Meanwhile, representatives of CSOs and professional groups at the end of the two-day forum pledged their unflinching support to the LRC to ensure that the law reform document gets the needed endorsement by the Legislature and the Executive.
LRC was first established by Executive Order #20, June 11, 2009 and Executive Order #25, June 10, 2010 and then by an Act of the Legislature on June 11, 2011
It aims to keep under review the laws of Liberia to ensure their systematic development and reform, including, in particular, the unification of the laws, the elimination of anomalies and the generation of consistency in the law, the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary laws and, generally the simplification and modernization of all branches of the law.