— Commitment to Impactful Interventions
The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah Jr., has held a meeting with Mr. Stephen Rodriques, the new Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to Liberia, with focus on strengthening the partnership between the UNDP and the Liberian Government.
Minister Tweah in a release from the MFDP said that the Government of Liberia remains committed to working with the UNDP and other development partners to deliver impactful development results under the George Weah administration.
Minister Tweah, who also told the new UNDP Chief that the Weah led administration inherited a difficult economy, further added that the current government has initiated reforms to stabilize the country’s economy. The George Weah Administration while taking office in 2018 promised hope to the Liberian people with the President stating in his inaugural address that his government will be people centered and will correct wrongs that have overwhelmed the Liberian society.
One of CDC lawmakers, District #8 Representative Acarous Gray, has always said blamed the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration as creating “Mess” and that the CDC-led was here to clean the mess. However, since the George Weah Administration took over the mantle of authority three years ago, its officials including Minister Tweah have blamed the past administration for the tough economic hardships Liberians continue to encounter.
While the President in his inaugural address promised that “We will fight corruption and make sure to end it,” his administration had over the years seen huge corruption scandals; the unaccounted US$25 million, the missing of LD$16 billion, the printed LD$4 billion yet to be accounted for, and surreptitious entry into non-governmental institutions’ accounts to withdraw money being some instances that have derailed public trust in the administration.
The performance of the government over the three-year period came to be evaluated by the voters in the gone December 8 senatorial election wherein scores candidates of the ruling party lost to the opposition.
For his part, UNDP’s Resident Rep. Rodriques has assured the government of accelerated interventions which he believes will impact the country.
Mr. Rodriques, who replaces Pa Lamin, also outlined his vision for Liberia. He said that he will focus on large scale development projects that will yield tangibles for Liberians. He thanked his predecessor Pa. Lamin, for the level of the partnership forged during his tenure in Liberia.
Pa Lamin Beyai was appointed Resident Representative for UNDP Liberia as part of the de-linking process in 2019. However, the United Nations Resident Coordinator remains the Head of the entire UN System in Liberia, according to the UN in Liberia.
Rodriques further said that he will focus on supporting the Emergency Community Development Programme (PUDC) to promote and ensure accountable and participatory delivery of services to the far-to-reach segment of the Liberian population.
This will be achieved through livelihood activities to benefit the ordinary people in terms of access to finance for business development, and job creation projects, including supporting agriculture, youth and women development, as well as the decentralization programs of the country which focus on strengthening the County Service Centers to be successful, and economic dialogues to promote the Government’s efforts to boost savings and domestic revenues.
Rodriques expressed optimism over the economic development and social welfare of the Liberian people as a result of the impactful level of engagement between the UNDP and the Government of Liberia.