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At least 35 participants completed one day technical forum to develop a module that would be teachable and knowledgeable for Liberians to understand government’s fiscal decentralization and financial management policy yesterday, August 12, at a local resort in Monrovia.
Organized by the Fiscal Decentralization Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), the forum brought together participants from the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Governance Commission (GC), Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), University of Liberia, Cuttington Graduate School, Stella Maris Polytechnic and the United Methodist University, among others.
A special statement delivered by Madam Tanneh G. Brunson, Deputy Minister for Budget (MFDP) on behalf of the Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs at Finance, Dr. James F. Kollie, said in every reform process of the country, the nature of the reform must be understood by the people, adding that “it will be the only solution that will gradually improve the status of Liberia.”
She stated that fiscal decentralization policy must be viewed as a comprehensive system to “develop a fiscal training module that will facilitate the implementation of and promote the fiscal decentralization reform process in the country.”
Madam Brunson said the process is designed to look at the fiscal aspects of how public goods and services are provided and financed by regional or local governments in a devolved system.
She indicated that the MFDP is the arm of government that is responsible for the fiscal affairs of the country and as such, “we have to manage the fiscal functions of the country. The government is putting every measure into place to promote fiscal decentralization in the country.”
The minister also disclosed that the management of the county and social development funds is a measure of fiscal decentralization initiative to be institutionalized into the government fiscal system.
“We have conceptualized that at the end of this technical engagement, we will come out with a sustainable strategy that will serve as our module to build capacities in various institutions of learning, including the Liberia Institute of Public Administration to offer short-term programs in fiscal decentralization, financial management and local governance,” Madam Brunson added.
Earlier in welcome remarks, Romeo D. N. Gbartea, Director for Fiscal Decentralization Unit at the MFDP, thanked participants and assured them that whenever the ministry is having such a discussion that pertains to the growth and development of Liberia they would be called upon.
Mr. Gbartea indicated that there is a need to discuss the reform and that it is essential for the public to understand the initiative by the government.

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