Ambassador McCarthy Sets Benchmarks for Wining another Compact Project

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Amb. McCarthy, in remarks, hinted conditions for wining another compact project.

The Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) has ended with Liberia only left with the responsibility to maintain and sustain the gains made within the five years to have a hydropower plant.  While this project that has restored Liberia’s hope has ended, there are still more projects that the US Government has, but with conditions to meet before benefiting from them.

Disclosing some of the preconditions on April 28, 2021 at a ceremony marking the closure of the MCC, US Ambassador, Michael A. McCarthy, says investment by the government in its people, sound economic policy and governance are some major factors that can qualify a country for the MCC and other supports.

In his remarks, the Ambassador said meeting the benchmarks makes it possible for the United States not to give a country loan under the compact but grant which does not come with payment or interest, and for Liberia to have another opportunity as such, she must strive to create a condition that her citizens will have an easy access to affordable electricity.

“What Liberia needs to do for this grant is just simple; to protect democracy and to have free and fair trade, and I hope that good governance that Liberia had demonstrated to have this compact will be demonstrated again for another compact,” said Ambassador McCarthy.

As electricity is now restored with the government in full control, Ambassador McCarthy said the government must try as much as possible to end power theft that has become rampant over the time.  He further challenged the Liberian Government to support the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Authority and to make sure that anyone caught in improper acts including theft should be made to account.

Ambassador McCarthy recalled that his country has been instrumental in the issue with Liberia’s electricity.  From history, he said the dam in Mount Coffee was built in the 1960s with US assistance but destroyed during the war.  He stressed that the result of destroying the dam was darkness, and darkness has continue to hang over Liberia and its people.  It was at this point that the US joined with other partners including Germany KfW, Norway, and the European Investment Bank to relieve the country of this stress.  Additionally, he said it was a joyous event to also see US$18 million raw water pipeline dedicated to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation with the help of the US Government.

He said the bottom line to all these is for the government to engage in good governance, fair and open trade, and allow the people to own their own government and be economically empowered.  

He acknowledged former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for beginning the negotiation and agreement leading to the compact, and President George Weah whose regime has seen the completion of the project and the ending of the compact.

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  1. The ambassador has spoken very profoundly, I hope our people are listening to the words of common sense.

    Benchmarks for winning another project, according to the Ambassador:
    – Investment by the government in its PEOPLE, SOUND ECONOMIC POLICY and GOVERNANCE;
    – Citizens (not only in Monrovia) must have an easy access to AFFORDABLE ELECTRICITY;
    – Protect democracy and have free and fair trade, and “I HOPE THAT GOOD GOVERNANCE THAT LIBERIA HAD DEMONSTRATED TO HAVE THIS COMPACT WILL BE DEMONSTRATED AGAIN FOR ANOTHER COMPACT (Here, the Ambassador is not speaking about the Weah’s regime oooooooh, ah!)

    The ambassador also touched other key points:
    – He further challenged the Liberian Government to SUPPORT the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Authority and to make sure that anyone caught in improper acts including theft SHOULD BE MADE TO ACCOUNT 9rule of law!).

    – Ambassador McCarthy recalled that his country has been instrumental in the issue with Liberia’s electricity. From history, he said the dam in Mount Coffee was built in the 1960s with US assistance but destroyed during the war. He stressed that the RESULT OF DESTROYING THE DAM WAS DARKNESS, AND DARKNESS HAS CONTINUE TO HANG OVER LIBERIA AND ITS PEOPLE.
    I hope this sentence went into the brains of some people still banding the muscle for religious or tribal war. It will only bring about DARKNESS again my people. Let’s uphold the rule of law!

    Liberians, tribalism is NOT good!
    Liberians, nepotism is wrong!
    Liberians, religious conflicts are dangerous and destructive!
    Liberians, each of us has something positive to propose to a society, let’s learn to live together in our diversity, upholding the rule of law.
    Liberians, let learn to imitate other countries making headways!

    Vote in 2023, not based on the ills listed above. The Ambassador has spoken, the CDC had heavily on such organization, now where do we go?
    Peace in my country Liberia

  2. The reason Liberia continues to fail the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) is simple. The president said this from the launching of his election campaign that he does not believe in education.

    Thanks to him for that infamous speech because it became the impetus that hastened my quest to get my cousins and nieces out of Liberia as soon as the time became practicable. I felt then the country was heading back on the path of underdevelopment and given their age levels, their minds were still very impressionable, and, thus they needed to live in an environment where they could grow and experience their intellectual potentials to the fullest.
    As far as I was concerned, Weah’s utopian dream for Liberia was bound to put the country on another disastrous path.

    What does the MCC entail in order to qualify for it? The leadership of a country must demonstrate to the civilized world it practices good governance and it has the capability to handle its resources prudently. But the major constraints in achieving this goal for Liberia is the president does not believe in bringing in people with the requisite skills, education, and experience to do the job. This is one of the striking differences between him and the former President Ellen, and that’s how she was successful in meeting her millennium goals and therefore benefitted from the American grants.

    Many events, which transpire during the administration of a leader, depends on the leader’s personal philosophy. He sets the pace and creates the environment for it. For example: A belief persists that even though under other presidents of the United States racism was still prevalent, but it became more pronounced under the former president, Trump. Relating this to my chain of thought: Trump did not mince his words when it bogged down to letting America and the world know that he was racist. He practiced it in both words and deeds, and consequently he set the stage for the political and ethnic conflagration America experienced in the gone electoral season.

    Such is the case with Liberia. I was swept by surprise when the president said once in fact he does not incorporate strategy into his details when it comes to working with Liberians because he knows them better than any other president. Wow! how can a leader succeed without a plan and a strategy?

    Last, the successes gained by the president of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, did not happen through magic. He is educated and therefore he believes in education and training and tapping the right people for the tasks especially the ministerial portfolios. Weah’s capability and performance pales in comparison to Julius.

    Such is even the case in the educational levels of Sierra Leonians and Liberians. Research and statistics reveal the literacy rate of Sierra Leonians exceeds that of Liberians. While I do partly agree a colonial past may account for Sierra Leone’s educational superiority, however one cannot ignore the fact our leaders both past and present had failed to adequately invest resources into the overhauling and improvement of the nation’s educational infrastructures. As the result, this lopsidedness and failure is haunting the nation today.

    One exception could be made that the former President Ellen did try to invest in education and attract a core of qualify people to design and implement national educational policies.

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