Roundtable on Liberia’s draft Petroleum Law enters fourth day

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia

14 March 2014, Monrovia – The stakeholders’ roundtable consultation, which began at Liberia’s SKD Stadium under the auspices of the House of Representative, continued, Friday at the SKD Stadium in Paynesville with the participation of more civil society and professional groupings.

The consultation, focuses on the Draft Petroleum (Exploration & Production) Act and the Draft NOCAL Act of 2013, according to the program of activities released to the press by program implementers.

Participants are expected to arrive at the consultation venue by 8:00 this morning. The arrival is expected to run concomitantly with the registration of members of the youth groups and associations that were invited. The arrival, registration, and breakfast are scheduled to last for an hour.

Today, Friday, the consultation continues from 9 am – 1 pm at the SKD Sports Complex with arrival, breakfast, and the registration of representatives of such service-related groups as Rotary, Lions, Liberia Business Association, the media, and the Publishers Association.

The actual events of the day commence an hour later with Presentation on the Draft Petroleum (Exploration & Production) Act and the Draft NOCAL Act of 2013 by NOCAL representatives John Horace and Minnie Paegar.

Again, experts Cindy Roberts, Engr. Ernest C. Nwapa, Malcom B. Roberts, Paul Brown, Taa Wongbe, and Robert E. Smallwood will lead panel discussion that follows.

The discussion will be followed by a session of questions and answers – that involves interaction among the presenters, panelists, and participants – and closing remarks by the House of Representatives to end the day’s morning session.

At 2:00 pm, NOCAL representatives Michael Johnson and John Horace will make presentation on the Draft Petroleum (Exploration & Production) Act and the Draft NOCAL Act of 2013. The ensuing panel discussion led by the experts will be interrupted by a tea break at 3:45 pm to resume at 4:00 pm with a question and answer session. The session will engage presenters, panelists, and participants in healthy exchanges of views.

Today’s activities will end with closing remarks from the House of Representatives and the singing of the National Anthem by the audience at 4:55 in the evening.


– The Analyst

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