EU Earmarks US$310M for Development

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 The Ambassador of the European Union Delegation (EUD) in Monrovia has disclosed that US$310 million has been allotted to fund various development projects in the country.

Ambassador Tiina Intelmann said the amount will support projects for the period 2014 to 2020.

During a press conference held in Monrovia recently, Ambassador Intelmann disclosed that in the coming years, EUD’s focus will be on good governance, energy, agriculture and education.

Among the projects to be covered by the grant are decentralization, support to the 2017 elections, the Ebola fight, security and justice, building the Monrovia electricity grid, the road to Ganta, and support to alternative basic education.  Ambassador Intelmann assured Liberians that money given for selected projects will be monitored to ensure that funds are properly used.

In response to a question on how Liberian contractors can benefit, the EUD Ambassador said they can group into business organizations to seek contracts for various projects supported by the grant.

However, she suggested that if an enabling environment is available for Liberians to benefit from lucrative contracts, the EUD would help such companies.

Regarding the Buchanan road maintenance, the Deputy National Authorizing Officer for the European Development Fund, Jerry T. Taylor, disclosed that US$2.5 million is earmarked for that project.  The project will commence as soon as the contract is signed, he added.

The maintenance will begin from Cotton Tree and involve brushing, cleaning of drains and filling holes where necessary.

More than 500 schools have been targeted to receive clean water and other facilities, said Ambassador Intelmann

On UNMIL drawdown, she said EU will support the security sector but noted that it is the responsibility of the government to provide security for its citizens.

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