The Government of Liberia (GoL) and the European Union (EU) have held a two-day portfolio review on the initiatives in Liberia.
The review is intended to enhance stronger partnership between the government and the EU to promote projects of high impacts and results as a way of supporting the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development(PAPD).
The review is also part of efforts to improve aid transparency and effectiveness through enhancing collaboration and decision-making processes.
In his remarks, Samuel D. Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, acknowledged the EU for supporting the government’s development initiative.
Minister Tweah stated that it is the government’s greatest priority to provide opportunities wherein citizens are realizing their dream in broader areas including education, agriculture, roads and health.
He noted that the need for the government and partners to learn lessons from project implementation in the last 5-10 years, by documenting constraints and challenges while at the same time tracking results.
According to him, government and partners are transitioning to a new face that requires stronger coordination and better programming.
He asserted that it is the government’s responsibility to deliver for the people, adding that the government’s job is also to build capacities when it is observed that capacities are not optimal.
Meanwhile, the Head of The EU Delegation to Liberia, Amb. Laurent Delahousse said the portfolio review is about commitment and support to deliver to the people of Liberia.
Ambassador Delahousse stressed that the EU is also helping the government to deliver to the people of Liberia.
“We are also here to support the government to address the needs of the people of Liberia and contribute to the development of Liberia,’’he added.
He pinpointed that the EU will support the PAPD, which is the policy development plan of Liberia.
He indicated that the EU cannot implement any project without the intervention of the government, and so it was important for a framework on regulation and accountability to be developed, because the EU has to account to European taxpayers on every cent spent in Liberia.
For her part, Agriculture Minister Jannie Cooper challenged stakeholders in the agriculture sector to do more in terms of coordination for visible impact.
“When we visit most of these places, we want to see tangible or visible impacts of these projects,” Minister Cooper added.
The portfolio review held in Monrovia brought together stakeholders from various government ministries and agencies including development partners.