Vigorous Rebirth Process Begins At Forestry’s SPU

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Five-year strategic plan package unveiled

The Strategic Planning Unit (SPU) of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) is expected to earn desired gains consistent with its renewed mandate in the wake of the new framework and dispensation, an FDA release has said.

With a five-year strategic plan being considered and carved by local and international consultants, SPU has now become an institutional peddle to drive the Strategic Plan in a much more effective manner, according to the release.

To this end, an all-inclusive workshop supported by the Liberia Forest Sector Project, aimed at inaugurating this vision was held August 3, at the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church on 14th Street Sinkor. It brought together about 60 staff members from various strategic departments, divisions and units of the FDA. The daylong capacity development and enhancement training was held under the theme, “Inter-departmental Planning and Coordination Workshop,” and sponsored by the REED+ Implementation Unit, a World Bank institution partnering with FDA.

Darlington Tuagben, FDA Managing Director, challenged the participants to take ownership of the workshop in all respects, because according to him, the training contained those ingredients that would give FDA the desired headway in being strategic and operational in the next five years.

Mr. Tuagben underscored the significance of planning and promised that his administration will support the process realistically.

“This initiative,” Mr. Tuagben said, “lies at the core of our vision, mission and strategic objective to construct a wholesome functioning entity whose net realizable value is held in long term sustainable management of our remaining forest and related natural resources, ecosystems, as well as just benefits for the people of Liberia.”

He said the FDA believes it can be achieved only with continuous concerted and sustained capacity development and enhancement, such as the training taking place.

“Recent institutional reform processes in the public sector of our nation, coupled with our vision to accelerate and enhance the growth rate of sustainable forest resource management constitute the bedrock of this capacity development and enhancement initiative, which we are convinced will respond to the capacity challenges we are faced with. This proactive attempt by us and our national and international supporting development partners and institutions is indeed laudable, hence we say thanks and reiterate that a lot has been achieved but much more can be realized when we commit ourselves with a unified vision and mission.

The local consultant, D. Harrison Luo, emphasized the importance of the workshop as being the only bedrock for sustained institutional growth and development.

On behalf of the participants, Ruth Varney, Regional Forester assigned in Region #1, thanked the organizers for affording them the opportunity to attend the workshop, and gain desired knowledge in strategic planning.

REED+ Implementation Unit’s Saad David, Jr. lauded the zealousness of the participants, and described the training as a fruitful exercise in recent times.

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