The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has launched a project that will help track all ongoing government development projects across the 15 counties.
The project, titled Liberia Project Dashboard, is intended to promote data management, taking into consideration government and donor-funded projects to determine whether such projects funds are being spent properly and finished on time. The event brought together representatives from the civil society organizations, development partners among others.
Augustus J. Flomo, Deputy Minister for Economic Management at the Ministry, said the new project will help the ministry to curtail corruption by not spending double the amount of money on single projects whether, they be government or donor funded projects. He added that past governments have over the years faced a serious challenge in managing projects.
“When we took office, we decided to review the system managed by the past government to see whether there was proper tracking of government development and donor-funded projects,” he said. “From the review, we noticed that there was a low tracking system in terms of reporting to external partners and the government projects. We also identified issues with the Public Sector Investment Project, which we solved through this initiative.”
Meanwhile, Minister Flomo disclosed that the ministry has set up a new management unit to work alongside with the aid unit to make sure that all aid funds are properly tracked and accounted for.
“The two units at the Ministry will work together to make sure donor funds are accounted for through the new tracking system. Unlike the past system, this one is not manual, which makes reporting to external partners fast,” Mr. Flomo added.
Meanwhile, Mark Brough, a developer of the new system, assured the Ministry that the system will work smoothly and that the government can still use or develop other features that can be of great benefit to the Liberian government in the future.