By a resolution that was approved unanimously, the arms and travel bans and timber export sanctions, originally imposed in September 2003, were renewed for a year, but with a promise to review the progress made in six months.Diamond sanctions were renewed for six months, but would be reviewed after three months, since the country had made some progress towards implementing the Kimberley Certificate of Origin regime for its rough diamonds, the Council said. Liberia had also scheduled a visit from Kimberly representatives for early next year.The Council noted that the measures remained in force “to prevent former President Charles Taylor, his immediate family members, senior officials of the former Taylor regime, or other close allies or associates from using misappropriated funds and property to interfere in the restoration of peace and stability in Liberia and the sub-region, and reconfirm(ed) its intention to review these measures at least once a year.”It repeated earlier calls for the international donor community to assist the peace process, especially with reintegration of former combatants and reconstruction, to respond to humanitarian appeals and to help the National Transitional Government with financial, administrative and technical needs, especially in fulfilling requirements for lifting the sanctions.The Council also called for no more than five experts on arms, timber, diamonds, finance, humanitarian and other relevant issues, drawing as much as possible on the expertise of the previous panel, to be appointed by the Secretary-General and Council members and given a six-month mandate to investigate any violations of the sanctions worldwide.The Panel of Experts would detect “various sources of financing, such as from natural resources, for any illicit trade of arms,” if any, and would assess progress in meeting the standards that would allow the sanctions to be lifted.Meanwhile, a ship carrying 384 Liberian refugees docked at a port in the capital Monrovia, bringing to 1,375 the total returning from Ghana. Those coming back from elsewhere under UN auspices numbered 3,625, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.The returnees were given food and other relief items and were trucked to join families and friends, it said.In addition, nearly half of the 10,000 Ivorian refugees who fled fighting in Côte d’Ivoire and took shelter in Liberia had gone home, leaving 5,482 people behind, UNHCR said.The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said today that it conducted a six-day workshop on reporting and ethics last week for 34 journalists from 17 community radio stations. The mission has now trained more than 180 journalists in Liberia.
OTTAWA – A new analysis of Canada’s key trading firms suggests they are increasingly optimistic about the prospects for boosting exports to the rest of the world, which the Bank of Canada calls the missing piece in the country’s economic recovery.The study of 769 exporters and investors, conducted by Export Development Canada and released Thursday, shows more are anticipating an improvement in global conditions in the next six months and confident they will be able to take advantage of it.The optimism lifted the EDC’s fall trade confidence index by 2.8 points to 75.4, following a similar gain in the spring. More significant, said the federal agency, is that it constitutes the first back-to-back improvement in sentiment since 2010.“Back-to-back increases in trade confidence haven’t happened since the deluge of government spending hit the world economy in 2009,” said EDC chief economist Peter Hall.“What’s compelling about this is that there’s a simultaneous echo of optimism around the world, including consumers and businesses in the U.S. and Europe, and broadly across Japanese industry.”The Bank of Canada says the principal missing ingredient needed for Canada’s economy is a “rotation” from domestic demand to more export-oriented production, to attain sustainable growthBut in a statement on Wednesday, the bank noted that transition in the economy still had not occurred.There was some mild encouragement Wednesday, when the country reported its first monthly trade surplus in 22 months, although it was small and based on declining imports rather than rising exports.As of October, exports had increased 5.3 per cent from a year earlier, a modest but positive bump considering that the shipments are still below pre-slump levels.The study is based on a survey conducted in late September and early October.The survey found 55 per cent of respondents were anticipating higher sales in the next six months and 40 per cent said that orders from the U.S. have increased during the past six months, both improvements from the spring results.As well, almost a third of respondents said they expected to hire more employees during the next six months, although almost three quarters said they anticipate difficulty finding the skilled workers they will need. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2013 8:08 am MDT Canada’s exporting sector expects to improve sales over next six months AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email