Unity Party-led Govervnment Committed to Examining and Improving Every Sector of National Life

Thursday, 22nd February 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberiaís Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says as part of its reform agenda, the Unity Party led government is committed to re-examining and improving every sector of national life.

He observed that the protracted civil conflict left institutions in the country in shambles, and that the systems put in place by pre-war governments no longer exist.

Vice President Boakai was speaking Wednesday when the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Copyright Office, Jonathan Williams and Mr. George S. Dunor, Acting Director General of the Liberia Copyright Office, paid a courtesy call on him to acquaint him with constraints they were faced with.

Dr. Boakai said in line with its reform agenda, the Unity Party led Government is committed to enforcing the countryís copyright laws with a view to protecting artists.

He observed that many persons are currently ignorant of the existence of certain enactments, including copyright  laws,  and called for the commissioning of researchers within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who will dig into and enlighten the populace about laws enacted and how and where to find them.

Vice President Boakai also stressed the need to put in place mechanisms to encourage and protect movie actors and other artists, and assured governmentís readiness to put in place these mechanisms.

Earlier, the board chairman and acting director general of the Copyright office outlined constraints their office was facing in enforcing Copyright laws.

Director General Dunor said inadequate budgetary appropriation has hamstrung the Copyright office in performing its statutory functions, including reducing piracy.