16 October 2013

Liberia: GOL Welcomes 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance Report

The Government of Liberia (GoL) has welcomed the latest version of the Index of African Governance (IIAG), which recognizes significant moves made by Liberia in the governance arena since 2006.

Acting Minister, Robert Kpadeh, who welcomes report, says when an impartial body like the Mo Ibrahim Foundation presents such a positive report in the face of local criticism, it points at the real measurement of progress, and validates claims made by the government that it is working towards the greater good of the Liberian people.

In the latest report, the MIF ranked Liberia at the 29th position, with a final point of 50, further reflecting a consistent rise to 34th place in 2012 from 47 in 2006.

According to the Report, the index's biggest risers since 2000 are Liberia, up 25 points to 50 points ( currently ranked 29), Angola, up 18 points to 45 (ranked 39) and Sierra Leone, up 15 points to 48 (ranked 31).

The report also noted that aside from leaving the IIAG's group of ten worst performers, Liberia also demonstrated a significant improvement in its overall governance score by reflecting the highest rise over a six years period, thus declaring Liberia as the most improved since 2000.

The government says this observation could only have been made from effective service delivery and response to international best practice in the designated fields.

The Index of African Governance (IIAG) measures governance outcomes in Africa by assessing four major categories -Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development - through 94 component indicators ranking 52 countries. Funded and led by an African institution, the team draws from 23 independent international data providers, making it the most comprehensive collection of data on African governance.

Meanwhile, Acting Minister, Robert Kpadeh has announced a Panel Discussion for Thursday, October 17, 2013, involving four panelists: Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, of the Governance Commission, Cllr. Augustine Toe of the Liberia Anti Corruption commission; Mr. Thomas Doe Nah of CENTAL and Mr. Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., an Economist to give their perspectives of what the report means for Liberia during the Ministry's regular Thursday Press Briefing beginning at 11:00am at the Charles Gbeyon Conference Hall. Leading Liberian journalist, Mr. Frank Sainworla will serve as Moderator.

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