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Liberia: OPIC tables plans to address institutional shortcomings that resulted in human, labour and environmental abuses

Author: Daily Observer (Liberia), Published on: 6 April 2015

'OPIC raises concerns over failed BRE project', 6 Apr 2015: The United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has published a plan to address…a failed energy project in Liberia, which resulted in a serious human rights, labor and environmental abuses…The plan provides…[for] various reforms, ranging from dedicating adequate resources for high-risk projects to requiring more robust project-level grievance mechanisms…“Although OPIC deserves credit for creating this plan, the agency failed to consult with Liberians, civil society groups, or the general public about how it could best implement reforms that directly affect OPIC’s approach which has been thus far non-transparent and non-responsive to th[se]…harmed by the project,” said Cllr. Alfred Brownell of Green Advocates...“Without input from those who lost their livelihoods and experienced abuses because [of] OPIC’s failures, Liberians are unsure that the agency can truly reform itself so that other communities do not suffer the same fate,” added Francis Colee of Green Advocates International…

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