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Big Relief As 20% Deduction Scheme from AFL Personnel returning from UN Mission terminated Featured

The Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism (MICAT), on behalf of the Government of Liberia(GoL), has conveyed its warmest compliments and has the honor to respectfully inform the people of Liberia on issues currently impacting the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as it relates to Peacekeeping Operations.

“The AFL, as one of the institutions shielding democracy and our way of life, has shown tremendous work towards nation-building and maintaining peace and tranquility in the Country and the West African Sub-Region. One of these efforts is its deployment to Mali under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) since 2013 to present safeguarding lives and as well as preserving the peace in that country,” MICAT in a press release under the signature of Minister Ledgerhood J. Rennie pointed out.

“It is important to note that over the years the AFL's participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations has been self-sustained by the Ministry of National Defense and Armed Forces of Liberia from 2013 to January 2022 with the establishment of a twenty percent (20%) deduction scheme applied to troops’ allowances. The funds under this scheme were used for pre-deployment training, post-deployment training, transporting troops in and out of the mission area, and the lease of Liberian Contingent quarters in Bamako. Other areas involved with the funds are the purchase of personnel uniforms and accessories, maintenance, and purchase of military hardware such as (armored personnel carriers, troops carrier vehicles (TCV), pick-up trucks, communication assets, and generators. The defense Attachés to the Liberian Permanent Mission in New York and Addis Abba are also covered under this fund and include official travels related to peace operations among others,” continued the press release.
However, considering the constraints associated with such sustainment, the Government of Liberia has provided relief through the allocation of funds for AFL Peacekeeping Operations into its 2022 Fiscal Budget.

According to the press release, an initial Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($700,000.00) has been approved and provided to the Ministry of National Defense and AFL to fully support Liberian Troops deployed in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, thus terminating the 20 percent (20%) deduction scheme of AFL personnel allowance upon completing their tour of duty in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission 

The twenty percent (20%) deduction, the press release mentioned, was not unique to Liberian troops serving in United Nations Missions but regional best practice for under-developed countries that use it to complement governments’ inadequate budget allocations towards sustaining troops and logistics requirements in United Nations Missions.

“Consequently, the Commander-in-Chief (CIC) has ordered the Minister of National Defense and Chief of Staff to terminate the 20% deduction scheme from AFL personnel returning from UN Mission with immediate effect as of January 2022. The Commander-in-Chief of AFL has seen the need for national government support for peacekeeping operations. Thus, considering peacekeeping operations as a budget line item in the 2022 Fiscal Budget and beyond as long as the AFL is involved with peace keeping operations,” the press release asserted.

“The Government of Liberia will continue to provide all necessary support to our gallant men and women in arms in order to uphold the Liberian Constitution and safeguard the territorial integrity of the people of Liberia and support international peace as “A Force for Good”,” the press release added.

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