-Government Reduces Prices For Passport
Monrovia: The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made reduction in the price of ordinary Liberian passport, with the price now being put at US$40 from its previous US$50 cost.
The price reduction is expected to kick off next Monday, November 23.
The cost for an expedited ordinary Liberian passport or “express”, has also been reduced from US$100 to US$80, while ordinary passport for Liberians residing in the Diaspora, which was previously acquired for US$200, will now be sold US$160.
The reduction in the prices of the various categories of Liberian passport is part of Foreign Minster Dee Maxwell Kemayeh’s robust passport reform initiative, which comes at the heels of the signing of the amendment of the 2017 passport extension contract.
Speaking at the official launch of the event, Minister Kemoyah said the event is part of his reform process at the Bureau of Passport and Visas, in line with the vision of President George Weah’s Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, adding that part of his reform process is to address the challenges that have engulfed the Bureau prior to his ascendency to the posit of Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Minster Kemoyah said with the quest and vision of President Weah and the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government of transforming the living standers of Liberians, led to the reform agenda at the Bureau of Passport and Visa.
He said a year ago, the Liberian leader pronounced to the nation and the world that the price for Liberian passport was going to reduce, indicating that by him taking over as the Minister of Foreign Affairs it was incumbent upon him and his team to ensure the realization of the policy pronouncement by the Liberian president – “For not ensuring such realization will bring to light that a pronouncement was made and was not realized,‘’ he noted.
The Liberian Foreign Minister disclosed that the reform process at the Passport Division includes the reduction of passport fees at all category to 20 percent, adding that the reduction of passport fees will not affect the revenue collection of the Liberian government .
Kemayah divulged that his robust reform agenda will also ensure transparency at the Passport Division, adding that such initiative will include the installation of CC TV for the purpose of effective monitoring of operations at the Bureau.