4 February 2013

Liberia: GOL Holds Joint WASH Sector Review

Water sanitation and hygiene High level meeting organized by the Liberian Government with support from its partners gets underway shortly in Monrovia. "The review intends to create a platform in discussing critical issues in Liberia's WASH Sector and ensure that proper recommendations are put in place to address issues in the sector. The Joint WASH Sector Review is an annual obligation of the WASH sector to review activities in the Sector," Assistant Public Works Minister for Community Services, George Yarngo explained.

Minister Harngo said the Sector Strategic Plan will be the key to be highlighted on the first two days of the joint review conference which is scheduled from the 5-7 of February 2013 and is expected to be held at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Complex in Paynesville.

He stated further that participants at the three-day gathering will be looking at the Sector Strategic Plan with reference to implementation, gaps, lead agencies or ministries' performance and achievements.

According to Yarngo, when this is done, a clear cut timeline will be put in place to ensure the implementation of key WASH policy in the country.

He also revealed that two key documents in the WASH Sector, the Sector Investment Plan and the Capacity Development Plan will be launched during the three days' International Conference on the country WASH Sector.

"The Capacity Development Plan (CDP) is a sort logistical vehicle that will drive the sector Investment Plan" the CDP will also put in place the institutional firm work to enable lead agencies and ministries with some oversight for WASH to implement their mandates robustly .

He said the Sector Investment Plan (SIP) calls for an investment of four hundred million dollars in the WASH sector of Liberia for the period of five years and it looks at possible sources of funding for five years and builds up the gap in the funding process of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the country.

"I am happy that all of these efforts form part of the 2030 vision (Agenda for Transformation," he added.

The Joint WASH Sector Review is expected to bring together about one hundred sixteen National and International Organizations with a total number of two hundred forty participants.

International Organizations expected to form part of the Joint WASH Sector Review are Sanitation and Water for all, (SWA), World Bank African Development Bank.

Guests will grace the occasion from various African countries and the Netherlands.

For the national scene, an array of participants will come from , government agencies and ministries, development superintendents from the fifteen political sub-divisions, Civil Society Organizations, WASH Coordinators from the counties, the private sector and Local/ international Non -Governmental Organizations.

The Liberia Compact came to being in 2011 as a result of several discussions and the work of many individuals and organizations, relevant government ministries, some development partners, civil society organizations, international NGOs and representatives from the private sector.

The intent of the compact is to set up a firm work through which Liberian water, sanitation and hygiene sector can be guided.

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