The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Liberia, Niels Scott has paid a courtesy visit to the Honorable Speaker of the 54th Legislature, Dr. Bhofal Chambers at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia.
The UN Resident Coordinator said the United Nations is concerned about Corruption, Budget revision and women’s involvement in the National Legislature.
The UN Country Team (UNCT) Liberia is led by the UN Resident Coordinator who coordinates all the UN’s operations in Liberia with the support of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.
The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office provides direct support to the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team, including advisory, technical and management support. The office coordinates the implementation of the UNDAF and helps UNCT operate more efficiently through harmonized business transactions and cost-effectiveness. It is made up of three units: Core Coordination Unit, the Peace, Political, and Development Unit, and the Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund/Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).
Mr. Scott stressed that the UN will do its best to help Liberia move forward as it was in the case of Singapore and Costa Rica that were once considered amongst poorest countries in the world, but today they are developed.
He however mentioned that the United Nations is willing to work with the people of Liberia to transform Liberia and create jobs for Liberians. Rwanda is one of the fastest developed countries in Africa, according to the UN official, Liberia will change if issues of Gender is addressed by involving women participation in the Legislature.
Touching on the work of WFP, the Resident Coordinator told Speaker Chambers that WFP need a good accounting system to improve. The UN Official also recommitted the United Nations continued engagements and support to Liberia.
He says the Liberian Legislature plays a very important role in the governance process of the Liberian State, whilst commending Speaker Chambers for the level of leadership so far.
For his part Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers, lauded the UN Official for the visit. He believes that UN remains one of Liberia’s strong partners, expressing the good working relationship between members of the 54th Legislature and the UN Organizations in the country, mainly their projects across Liberia.
Speaker Chambers responding to the budget said that the Legislature is doing remarkably well once it comes to the formation or crafting of the budget and is calling for budget support from the international community to satisfy broad base of the people.
He continued, Liberia is trying to explore other avenues to help increase our budget. “Legislation is good, but the enforcement will be much better and that will have to come from the executive.
Electricity is one component that can generate good revenue for the Government but it is not working as expected from LEC” Speaker Chambers averred.
The Speaker further pledged the commitment of the House of Representatives to work with the United Nations as they buttressed Liberia’s efforts towards the development and prosperity of the Country.