The Governments of Liberia and the Federal Republic of Germany are expected to shortly sign a 15 million euro (US$17.6 million) grant agreement that will strengthen the health sector in the southeastern region of the country.
The project is under the title “Health System Strengthening Project” and will be implemented by Deutsche Welthungerhilfe.
According to briefings from a recently held meeting at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) under the framework of the German-Liberian Development Cooperation, the German Government through KfW will provide a grant (financial contribution) to the Government of Liberia for the project when the Grant Agreement is finally signed between the two Governments.
KfW is the German government-owned development bank based in Frankfurt. It finances and supports programs and projects that mainly involve public sector players in developing countries and emerging economies.
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has through previous financial support completed nine health facilities in South-eastern Liberia.
The objective of the recently held meeting was to enhance the mutual understanding of all processes and structures governing the development cooperation between the two countries.
According to a briefing from the meeting, the two countries believe that such a meeting will help to enhance efficiency and speed up planning and implementation processes of Germany’s development assistance to Liberia thereby leading to a better coordination mechanism between the GOL and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Germany is one of the lead donors in Liberia’s Energy and Environment sectors and has provided support to the Mount Coffee Hydro project as well as a 6 million euro biodiversity conservation project in the southeast of the country.
It may be recalled that the Federal Republic of Germany projected a total of US$105.5 for the current Medium Term Expenditure Framework as its support to Liberia. Out of that amount, US$33.5 million was projected for FY2016/2017, US$39.8 million for FY2017/2018 and US$32.2 million for FY2018/2019.
The total disbursements for FY2016/2017 amounted to US$46.5 million and the last fiscal year FY2017/2018’s disbursement amounted to US$18.3 million.
The 15,000,000 million Euros grant will be an additional support provided by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and underscores a significant commitment by the Germans to support the development aspirations of the current government particularly in the area of improved health care delivery.