A seven-day workshop aim to train 60 persons to serve at the newly created “County Service Center” got underway yesterday in the Monrovia.
The Government of Liberia through a European Union Grant contribution is facilitating the actualization of the “County Service Centers” in eight of the 15 counties.
The seven-day training which began yesterday at a resort in Monrovia with the aim to prepare personnel of the various ministries and agencies is to provide services across the country beginning with Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Upon the completion of the seven-day training, the participants will be assigned in each of the counties to carry on business registration, issuance of birth, marriage and divorce certificates, provide work permit for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), among others.
The workshop, according to authorities at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, comes against the backdrop of government’s on-going Decentralization Platform that seeks to deliver services to citizens and residents in their counties of residence instead of coming to Monrovia to access those services as has always been the case.
The training sessions, according to the MIA, are preparatory to the opening of the first “County Service Center” in Buchanan to be held in the coming weeks. It will also provide a platform for personnel of the ministries and agencies that currently roll out services in Grand Bassa County to review existing working practices with the aim of identifying priorities, weaknesses and strengths, especially so that they would now work from a central point.
The workshop targets 60 personnel from the ministries of Internal Affairs, Commerce, Public Works, Education and Transport.
Participants also came from ministries of Labor, Health, and Finance and Development Planning (MFPD).
“The training sessions will also provide the basis for establishing follow-up processes to ensure sustainability of the Service Center and training received. The outcome of the would change the development of methods and strategies for the introduction of on-the-job trainings,” a statement from the MIA explained.
Experience of the Grand Bassa County Service Center will be replicated in additional seven counties between now and December this year.
Meanwhile, the renovation of the “County Service Center” is at the point of completion.