The European Union (EU) in a release quoted by ELBC yesterday said it has provided a grant of US$19 million to the Government of Liberia (GOL).
The EU said the amount is the second the organization has offered under its budget support program after the first amount of US$33 million was released in July last year.
The release noted that the first and second grants amounted to nearly 10 percent of Liberia’s 2015/2016 National Budget.
Disbursement of the second grant comes after the government met the agreed condition in the area of improved public financial management and some sector specific targets relating to justice and security.
The EU said it will disburse the money directly into the treasury account of the government to support the budget of Liberia.
“Funding under the budget support program has been increased, reflecting the EU’s commitment to support Liberia in its post Ebola recovery efforts and in meeting new challenges including the costs linked to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown and the reduction in government revenue due to the fall in commodity exports,” the release noted.
The head of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, Tina Intelmann, said the EU gives the US$18 million expecting that the government will use it to provide Liberians with the vital public services they deserve, and it has committed to provide health, education, justice and security.
Ambassador Intelmann urged government to continue improving the management of public finances and intensifying its fight against corruption.
The EU Ambassador said with UNMIL drawdown approaching, she applauds the recent adoption of the Police Act and the measures taken by the government to ensure citizens’ security throughout the country.
Ambassador Intelmann has meanwhile urged government and the judiciary to continue their efforts to improve access to justice, in particular through magisterial courts and strengthen efforts to tackle sexual and gender-based violence.