4 February 2013

Liberia: Gov't Hosts Key Events This Week

The Government of Liberia is hosting two important events in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector this week - the first Annual WASH Joint Sector Review and the Launch of the Sector Investment Plan and Capacity Development Plan. According to a Public Works statement issued over the weekend, the WASH Sector Review and Launch event will take place from February 5 to 6, 2013 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports stadium in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

The Review will provide a two-day forum for stakeholders to present and discuss the progress made against sector goals as set forth in the WASH Sector Strategic Plan 2012-2017. Participants and stakeholders will work to analyze the sector in detail-achievements, challenges, lessons learnt, and current gaps - in order to prioritize activities for 2013 and beyond.

The launch will highlight the release of two important WASH documents-the Sector Investment Plan (SIP) and Capacity Development (CD) Plan - and will include a summary of sector progress from the Review. Developed with the support of the World Bank, UNICEF, and other development partners, the SIP and CD Plan will guide Liberia towards its WASH goals, as laid out in key policy documents.

The Government of Liberia represented by the Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy, Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation and other relevant ministries and agencies from both national and county level, as well as representatives from local and international NGOs, donor agencies, civil society organization and the private sector are expected to attend the pending WASH Review and Launch.

Both of these events directly respond to commitments made by the Government of Liberia in key policy documents - the Sector Strategic Plan 2012-2017 and the WASH Compact, the landmark document, signed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, that aligns the principles of the Sanitation and Water For All global framework for action with those of Liberia. The events will bring attention to the WASH sector and its importance to the development of Liberia.

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