The high-powered delegation from La Cote d’ Ivoire that arrived in the country over the weekend said it is taking back home the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) model to replicate in that country.
PYPP is Liberia’s prestigious and competitive two-year program that recruits and places recent Liberian university graduates in important government roles, and provides them with training and mentoring to further support some of government’s priorities.
The program was established in 2009 and launched by President Sirleaf. Since that time, it has proven to be an innovative program building leadership, responding to capacity gaps and employing promising young Liberians in the public sector.
It remains an essential component of the government’s strategy to strengthen public sector capacity.
Mrs. Souare Nakloba, Director of Cabinet in the office of the Minister for the Promotion of Youth, Youth Empowerment and Civil Service, lauded the PYPP Director General, beneficiaries and the Liberian government for “introducing such a wonderful program” that is helping to alleviate unemployment.
Madam Nakloba was impressed with the level of approval the trainees have received as PYPP trained professionals.
“We are pleased with the recruitment and how beneficiaries go through vigorous types of training before being placed or assigned. We understand that the program is effective, judging by the positions of the trainees in government,” Mrs. Nakloba said.
Unlike Ivory Coast, she said, university graduates usually enroll at other institutions of higher learning instead of immediately having the opportunity to work in government ministries and agencies.
“We will see the financial implication in implementing this program first, and then start to roll it out because to recruit young people requires capital and so we have to look at the cost,” Mrs. Nakloba said.
She said the Ivoirian Government will identify various ministries to begin the program, adding that “We heard more and have seen more and so we have to explain to our government.”
Madam Nakloba said university graduates in La Cote d’ Ivoire will be trained for at least one or two years based on the individual’s chosen profession before being absorbed in government.
PYPP Executive Director Hh K. Zaizay said Ivory Coast is the first country, since the program commenced, to send a delegation to Liberia to better understand the PYPP and its impact on the government so that they too can replicate the model.
“We are excited that another nation can take interest in a Liberian formulated program, and is ready to roll it out as well. This shows that Liberia’s success is now being recognized by other countries,” Mr. Zaizay said.
He added: “We have recruited 120 young professionals and placed them at government ministries and agencies. They have contributed immensely to the overall objectives of their respective places of assignments, thus boosting Liberia’s civil service capacity over the years.”
Mr. Zaizay said President Sirleaf recently introduced the program to her counterparts in the sub-region as a worthy initiative to support the civil service, “because Liberia and other countries in the region share similar challenges.”