6 December 2012

Liberia: Leiti, GIZ Signed Agreement

The Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) have signed an agreement for the establishment of Extractive Clubs in Liberia.

Mark Mattner, Project Manager for GIZ Resource Governance Project in West Africa signed for the GIZ, while Samson S. Tokpah, Head of Secretariat signed for the LEITI.

According to LEITI statement released in Monrovia, under the agreement, the German Development Cooperation will provide a grant amount of US$24,500 over a six-month period (November 2012-April 2013) to facilitate the establishment of extractive clubs in 10 high schools in Monrovia and its environs. The effort is in support of LEITI's outreach programs aimed at increasing public awareness on activities in the extractive sectors.

The statement said the project will enable students from participating schools to access knowledge and information on issues relative to the management of Liberia's natural resources through campus-based activities, including peer-to-peer discussions, lecture series, mentoring and field trips amongst others.

Speaking on behalf of the LEITI during the official signing ceremony, Tokpah said the initiative is a means of transferring knowledge and skills to the youths on the management of the nation's extractive resources so that they are able to make prudent decisions when they eventually become leaders in the society.

He noted that the project will be piloted in the 10 schools, but LEITI plans on expanding the extractive clubs to other parts of the country once funding is guaranteed. Tokpah has further commended the GIZ family and the German Government for their continuous support towards the implementation of the EITI process in Liberia.

It can be recalled that the GIZ funded LEITI's first inter-high school debate in May 2012 during which hundreds of students from four high schools in Monrovia were engaged in discussions on the Country's extractive resources. The Extractive Club Project is expected to be launched this month, December 2012.

The Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) is a tripartite arrangement governed by a Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG), consisting of representatives of the Government of Liberia, civil society organizations, the private sector, and Liberia's development partners.

The initiative endeavors to ensure transparency over payments made to and expended by the government from the extraction of the country's natural resources.

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