National Port Authority Managing Director David F. William has extolled the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) for boosting government’s human resource agenda, indicating that human capital investment has multiple effects for long-term economic growth and increase in the standard of living.
He said economic growth and development are dependent upon the quality of a nation’s human resources and as such the sector has to be given the priority it deserves.
According him, any country that wants to enhance and accelerate its development must take capacity building seriously, and execute it in a sustained, deliberate, and comprehensively way.
He said it is indisputable that the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recognizes the importance of higher education in national development, as reflected in the goals for technical and professional education and enunciated in the dynamism of the global economy.
“This is why LIPA has been effective in imparting knowledge and skills for many decades and will continue to do so in the future as a way to developing a knowledge based society,” he said.
Serving as keynote speaker on Friday at the 2016 Second Cycle Graduation of LIPA held at the University of Liberia on Capitol Hill, Mr. Williams spoke on the theme: “Capacity Building for Efficient Economic Management in Liberia.”
The NPA boss said the pace at which a country generates and the processes which lead to sustainable economic growth, depends largely on the quantity, quality and diversity of its human resources because the engine of growth of East Asian countries, for instance, has been powered by sustained and high level of investment in human capital, which has resulted in highly skilled labor force and its impact has been positive.
He then urged the graduates to provide and exhibit the leadership skills learned by applying them at their respective work places in a bid to achieve the desired outcomes.
“Capacity building enhances citizens’ participation to their economy by contributing to national development through high level manpower training. LIPA is not only contributing to an increase in real output but accompanied by changes in the structure of the economy, including its social and political elements,” Mr Williams said.
A total of 327 students graduated from the institution. The class comprised 234 males and 93 females. Among other disciplines, they received diplomas in monitoring and evaluation, procurement, human resource management as well as certificates in other courses.
Established in 1969 by an Act of the Legislature, LIPA has the statutory mandate to provide capacity building support for sustained and quality service delivery through training, research, consultancy and information services to both public and private institutions.