26 June 2014

Liberia: Sierra Leone, Liberia On Fiscal Transparency

A three-man delegation from the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has arrived in Liberia to seek cooperation with its Liberian counterpart on the country's Open Budget Initiative (OBI).

"We're here to study and learn about the installation and digital input that you've installed within the Ministry of Finance" head of delegation, Amadu Sidi Bah, informed this paper yesterday in an exclusive interview. He said the visit is also intended to boost fiscal transparency between Liberia and Sierra Leone, including the entire Manor River Basin. "We've looked around different regions. We've realized that this is an innovation by the Ministry of Finance of Liberia to support our country's fiscal transparency measures," he said. Mr. Bah, head of National non-State Actors Coordinator in the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Sierra Leone, also praised his Liberian counterparts for installing the OBI E-billboard, describing them as great innovation.

While in the country, he disclosed the delegation will appear on several radio talk-shows in the country to explain the Open Budget Process in Sierra Leone as compared to Liberia and on what basis was Liberia selected for their study tour. After appearing on the talk shows, the Sierra Leonean team is also expected to meet with heads of the Ministry of Finance Internet Communication Unit, Open Budget Initiative, NSA Secretariat, PFM Coordinator, amongst others. "I have already toured the Ministry this morning. I am really impressed with the kind of information being sent out by the billboard. This is a real innovation by the Ministry of Finance," Mr. Bah told journalists in an interview Tuesday.

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