SINOE COUNTY, Liberia - Golden Veroleum Liberia has completed rehabilitation works on the 9-kilometer Kabada-Warbah road which now gives road access to more than 500 residents of Warbah after more than 25 years of inaccessibility in Kpanyan Statutory District in Sinoe County.

Monrovia, Liberia – Golden Veroleum (Liberia), Inc. is committed to Liberia and to staying here for the long term. The current global market environment is at a low price point in the commodity cycle and Liberia itself today presents a challenging environment of comparatively high costs, uncertainties, and slow development of infrastructure and important regulations. Currently, GVL appears to be the largest oil palm company and the only agriculture investor actively expanding in Liberia. The company has around 3,800 Liberian workers and management in Sinoe and Grand Kru, and operates in compliance with its concession agreement, legislation, Liberian and international regulations and community agreements. GVL expects to start palm oil production this year and continues to expand oil palm cultivation with communities. In a new phase, GVL looks forward to new Government regulation on outgrower and smallholder oil palm, in order to expand community partnerships.

MONROVIA - Golden Veroleum Liberia has this month added eight agriculture graduates from the William VS Tubman University in Maryland County to its intake of Management and Technical career paths. This brings to a total of 27 TU graduates taken by the oil palm company in the recent past.

Having the potential to be future management and professionals, graduates will undertake various field duties including in agronomy and operations, GVL said in a statement. Oil palm agronomy is both a field and an industrial profession. Success and advancement require a love for the practical and hands on mindset, perseverance and attention to detail.

MONROVIA - Golden Veroleum Liberia on 29 January 2016, dedicated a six classroom elementary school in Tarjuowon Statutory District; the first of its kind since the creation of the community. Named Shaw David Quick Impact Elementary School, the facility will host over 300 students, who once sought learning under mix-shift structure. In discussing its investment in the school, the company said the project is in line with its commitment to positively change the lives of communities in which it operates.

GVL said its efforts are not only commercially based, but also to give back to communities the opportunity to grow and develop. At the turning-over event, GVL General Manager for Human Resources, Eric Goll called on citizens and children of school-going ages to take advantage of the opportunity afforded them and use the facility for its intended purpose.

MONROVIA - Golden Veroleum Liberia has received a ship consignment of mill materials for the construction of its modern palm oil plant in Liberia. Valued at US$30 million, the 24 months plant project will see fresh fruit bunches process into use products.

The mini mill will process 5 tons per hour and at full capacity, the main mill will eventually process 80 tons per hour, GVL said in a statement. With a bulking station at Greenville port in Sinoe County, GVL spokesman Stephen Binda said the arrival of the equipment presents a new dawn for the country’s palm oil industry following the country’s Ebola crisis.

SINOE COUNTY, Liberia - The Senior Vice President for Operations at Golden Veroleum Liberia, Vigy Ponnudurai, has committed 10 university scholarships to qualified high school graduates originating from the Tartweh-Drapoh community of Kpanyan Statutory District in Sinoe to attend the agriculture college of United Methodist University located in Gbason Town, Juarzon Statutory District, Sinoe County.

Butaw Citizens Withdraw Complaint Against GVL
Inquirer, 7 Oct 2015
By Jefferson D. Tweh

MONROVIA - The Butaw Welfare and Development Association (BWDA) of Butaw District, Sinoe County has officially withdrawn the letter of complaint that was lodged against Golden Veroleum Liberia Incorporated in 2012 which resulted into imposing sanctions on GVL operations in Butaw District since 2012.

In their of withdrawal, the group said, "In furtherance to this, we the complainants with the consensus agreement of the entire citizenry of Butaw District and or Abloteh and or Butaw citizens, do hereby withdraw this complaint previously submitted by the Butaw communities to the Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) against GVL and specifically referring to the complaint submitted by the communities of Greenville, Kpanyan and Butaw District of Sinoe County through Green Advocates on 3rd October, 2012," the citizens stated.

MONROVIA – The recent final decision issued by the Complaints Panel of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil has been welcomed by Golden Veroleum Liberia. 

The final decision, dated Sept. 19th, 2015, identified complaints made to the organization, which had been investigated by the RSPO Complaints panel. Included in the report are clarifications on the GVL Concession Agreement, employment, Free Prior and Informed Consent, employment of former combatants, crop compensations, etc.

“We thank RSPO for many months of looking into all the details surrounding these complaints and coming up with what they have noted to be evidence-based decisions,” said Stephen Binda, GVL Spokesperson.

MONROVIA - Golden Veroleum Liberia will restructure its work force in Butaw, Sinoe County. The restructuring will impact approximately 330 employees and size the GVL Butaw farm to a level appropriate to the scale of land under development.  In oil palm operations, the size and location of a workforce and the training opportunities provided are directly related to the location and area of land that a company is permitted to develop by host communities. 

The Ministry of Labour, other Government Ministries and the Workers’ Union, GOVAWUL have been duly informed. 

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