14 February 2013

Liberia: WB - Roads Critical to Liberia's Development

The World Bank, through its country office in Monrovia, has recommitted it willingness to support the transport sector of Liberia.

The Country Manager for World Bank Liberia office, Inguna Doboraja, said investing in the transport sector of Liberia is necessary because, according to her, the Bank sees viable and efficient road network as critical for Liberia's development.

"A well performing transport sector is critical in stimulating economic growth and development of any country and more so in a country that has suffered civil upheavals," stated Madam Doboraja.

Madam Doboraja said a total of US$450 million has been committed to support roads infrastructure project in Liberia. She added that some of the projects have been completed and some ongoing while some are yet to begin.

According to Madam Deboraja, the roads projects are funded by the Bank according to the government of Liberia's priority and stated that they are in line with the Master Transport Plan of Liberia.

She expressed satisfaction over the implementation of all World Bank funded projects.

Madam Doboraja: "Liberia's Major highways have been or are under full rehabilitation, providing for major commercial and transit routes within the country and connection with other countries in the region."

She furthered that "major Monrovia city streets have been rehabilitated coordination with other development partners is operating successfully through the Liberian Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF), under the Bank's leadership."

She indicated that, "the port sector has been restructured, involving the setting up of successful landlord Port authority and concessioning of Monrovia Port on public private partnership basis. Roberts International Airport was upgraded with navigational aeronautical, meteorological and security equipment."

Madam Doboraja asserted that the International Development Association (IDA) has helped the Liberian Government introduce long-term road asset management concept, using output and performance based contracting on main corridors from Monrovia to Guinea Border, and from Monrovia to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

These projects according the Madam Doboraja have also systematically financed rebuilding of institutional capacity by building up the infrastructure implementation unit located at the Public Works Ministry which is programmed to form the nucleus of a future Road agency or authority of Liberia.

Some of the Bank's funded projects includes; Monrovia -Buchanan Highways, reconstruction of the collapsed Old Bridge in Vai Town, rehabilitation of Monrovia City Streets, Pleebo-Barclaville Road and Gbarnga- Ganta-Guinea Border which is yet to be started.

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