Senate Receives US$256.7M MCC Grant for Ratification

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The Senate yesterday received from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for ratification, an agreement between the Government of Liberia (GOL) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States Government for a grant of US$256.7 million to assist in the development of the energy sector, road maintenance and technical capacity building.

President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that for several years Liberia has undergone close scrutiny to qualify the country for a United States compact plan.
“This achievement is due to the zealous effort employed by government as a whole, and for this we must all be commended.”

She said resources from the grant in the energy sector will enable the country to fund the fourth turbine of the Mount Coffee Power Plant and raise the capacity to over 80 megawatts of power.

“Given the importance of that project and the project agreed under the compact, I respectfully request your quick ratification of this agreement, which is in the interest of our people…” the President’s letter read.

Plenary also received another letter from the President, dated September 29, in which she submitted for enactment into law a bill titled: “The Millennium Challenge Account MCA Act.”

President Sirleaf said that Bill put into place the necessary legal framework for the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia. Its mandate, she said, will be to implement and oversee projects funded under the Millennium Challenge Compact, an agreement entered into between the GOL and the United States of America.

“Mr. President Pro Tempore, this bill when passed into law should ensure that the state, through the Millennium Challenge Account- Liberia, implements and manages effectively all projects developed under the Millennium Challenge Compact.”

The two documents, sponsored by Montserrado County Senators Geraldine Doe-Sherif and George Manneh Weah, were sent to the Senate Committees on Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, and Ways and Means which were requested to report to plenary on Thursday, tomorrow.

The MCC agreement is said to be one of the legislations itemized by President Sirleaf, for which she requested the Legislators to delay by six weeks their annual Agriculture/Constituency break. They are expected to end the extraordinary sittings by October 15.

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