The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) was very instrumental in ensuring that the General Auditing Commission (GAC) successfully hosted its First Stakeholders’ Audit Forum that brought together over 400 senior level officials.
The UNDP, according to a GAC release, immensely contributed to the successful hosting of the Commission’s forum by providing full financial and substantive advisory support that facilitated the planning and fulfillment of the event. For this, the GAC has lauded that top UN body for its continued support to the work of the Commission.
In addition to the government officials present at the event, which was held recently, the Forum also brought together other stakeholders from development partners.
Approximately 400 senior level public officials comprising heads of government ministries, agencies and commissions as well as representatives from the international donor community were in attendance, a release signed by GAC Chief Communications Officer, George K. Barpeen, Jr., said.
UNDP underscored the importance of integrity institutions to successfully introduce a strong public-sector integrity regime and improve the effective use and management of public resources.
The Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) committed the administration’s willingness to fight graft in government.
This singular statement the UNDP saw as a message of strong political will to establish public financial management architecture, to conserve and improve the use of Liberia’s scarce resources.
UNDP emphasized the significant role the Forum played in bringing together the country’s major pillars of integrity, i.e., MFDP, GAC, Internal Audit Agency (IAA), Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Civil Service Agency (CSA) and the civil society. This recognition and compliment gives a substantial reason for hope and optimism to push for a strong accountability system with improved resource efficiency.
The organization also pointed out the importance of judicious public resource management as a key component in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and lifting vulnerable and disadvantaged groups out of poverty: a cornerstone of the President’s vision as expressed in the Pro-poor agenda for prosperity and development.