In a continuing bid to construct an impressive list of accomplishments by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration, the Cabinet yesterday met to review Tier Three Performance updates from the Ministries of Commerce, Agriculture, Information, the Civil Service and General Services
Agencies towards setting the agenda for accomplishing critical goals in the remaining months of the administration.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Cabinet was briefed on how the agriculture sector, agro-processing and value addition would lead to manufacturing and service delivery.
Key triggers toward manufacturing include amendment of section 16 of the Revenue Code, renew executive order 64, adopt ECOWAS CET, pass special economic zone act, and enact foreign trade and competition laws.
Other activators are to create signature lists for manufacturers, reform and streamline inspection procedures, attract packaging and labeling investor, improve the doing business indicators in Liberia and implement the development of the Monrovia Industrial Park.
The General Services Agency (GSA) briefed Cabinet on guidelines, policies and procedures for the tracking, maintenance and operation of government assets.
The registration of major capital assets such as buildings and vehicles and building human capacity in the GSA and the Ministries, Agencies and Commissions to manage assets on a day-to-day basis were reviewed.
The GSA stated that it has successfully completed the construction a US$500,000 facility in Paynesville to carry out fleet maintenance for government-owned vehicles.
On the agriculture front, cabinet was briefed on the strategic alignment of key stakeholders for improved efficiency, revise agriculture donor working group, synchronize agricultural and manufacturing task force, revive operating procedures and identify leads for sector working groups.
So far, a total of 137,000 farmers across the country have been registered into a database. The President will lead an array of government officials for the official launch of the Ministry of Agriculture e-Registration of farmers in Liberia at the Clay Youth Agriculture Vocational Training Center on Saturday, May 21.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet was also provided updates on the pay and pension reform within the Civil Service, the optimal sizing and workforce development. Under workforce development, Cabinet has approved CSA’s guidelines that “No new Ministers can take up their new positions with an entourage from their previous ministries”.
As part of CSA’s reform initiative, there will be a formal launch of a Job Description Catalogue for Ministries and Agencies and Performance Management Policy Manual on Friday, May 20, at the Monrovia City Hall at 10:00a.m.
In a related development, Cabinet was brought up to speed on the status of Providence, the National Museum as well as the Cultural Village. A proposed bill to transform the Liberia News Agency into an autonomous agency is being finalized for submission to legal consultants for relevant inputs prior to being sent to the National Legislature.