16 December 2012

Liberia: GC Reviews Draft Strategic Plan With Donors

The Governance Commission (GC) recently held a meeting with donor countries and institutions to review its three year draft strategic plan. Speaking during the one-day meeting, the Chairman of the GC, Dr. Amos Sawyer said that the only gab in the draft strategic plan 2013-2016 is that there is no policy for ensuring implementation.

Dr. Sawyer continued that the logic of the plan pertains to the GC's mandate, which is to recommend policy and institutional reforms that are designed to constantly, consistently, and sustainably seek to improve public service delivery, private sector performance, and the living standards of all Liberians.

The GC Chairman stated further that within the draft document the Commission wants to set up an Implementation Coordination Unit in the Vice President of Liberia's office to alleviate implementation hurdles.

He disclosed that human capacity building with respect to connectivity to the internet, for it to be faster and more affordable would help learning institutions deal with the lack of textbooks in classrooms.

In his disclosure he said that to help further strengthen capacity more Liberian young people need to go to schools abroad for masters and PhDs.

For his part the Minister of Finance, Amara Konneh said that the GC's role in the country is critical to the reforms it needs to further its development.

Minister Konneh concluded that the government does not have the resources the GC needs to meet its demands. He then buttressed the GC's call to government partners to assist the institution as the role of GC would be critical for Liberia in the next few years.

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