Liberia Launches ECOWAS Biometric ID Work Permit

The Ministry of Labor has launched the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) biometric identification card for work permit in Liberia.
The launch was marked by a one-day intensive training of Labor Commissioners from across the country held Friday in Monrovia.   
Speaking at the launch, Labor Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe said issuance of the ECOWAS biometric ID card will be de-centralized to enable ECOWAS citizens in the informal sector to register.

Lighe dispelled the notion that the exercise was intended for government to raise revenue, noting that the idea behind the scheme is to document ECOWAS citizens working in Liberia.

He said the training of the Labor Commissioners was to prepare them to implement the biometric identification scheme as they will be receiving applications in the various counties for work permits.

Minister Lighe revealed that the ECOWAS biometric ID regulation came into force in 2009 during the tenure of the former Labor Minister Taiwon Gongloe.

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