GoL MCC Steering Committee Outlines plans to improve country`s score

The Government of Liberia has begun the planning to improve the country`s performance score under the Millennium Challenge Corporation governance indicators.
The MCC requires countries to pass at least 12 of its 20 indicators, including control of corruption, fiscal policy, girls’ primary education completion rate and several other indicators to qualify for MCC development grant.Twenty-six heads of ministries and agencies met at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in the first gathering of the GoL MCC steering Committee, chaired by Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Jr.
Minister Tweah outlined the MCC eligibility program and implementation activities and pointed out the important role of the Steering Committee in insuring that Liberia qualifies for a second MCC Compact grant.
Liberia first qualified in 2015 and signed a US$257M compact grant now being used to support the energy sector, provide access to reliable and affordable electricity and build the foundation for the periodic maintenance of primary roads in the country.
At the meeting, the Steering Committee agreed to work with transparency institutions to ensure improved score on control of corruption indicator.
The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission will distribute the asset deceleration forms to all GOL ministries and agencies and ensure that heads of agencies submit their assets declaration forms on time.
To enhance public awareness of government policy reform initiatives, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning will ensure that all participating institutions develop and maintain an active website with current information. The Minister of labor will come up with the cost and report to the chair of the steering committee.
Under the plan, the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism will work with the office of the President of Liberia and chair of the steering committee to ensure the passage of the Act to decriminalize free speech.
The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance and Development planning will work to disaggregate the education expenditure data to account for girls` primary education expenditure and populate the UNESCO education data form.
The Ministry of Health and the Public Health Institute will generate relevant health statistics, especially on health expenditure and immunization rate.
The Minister of Finance and Development Planning will meet WASH sector institutions to discuss the need to revive the formation and functioning of the WASH sector committee.
At the meeting, steering committee members also agreed for the Ministry of Labor to work with the office of the president to issue a public statement on the state of human trafficking and re-energize the work of National Task Force on Trafficking in Persons, while the Ministry of Justice will work with the Judiciary to reduce pretrial detentions and prison overcrowdings.
The Ministry of Commerce will strengthen the business reform committee by adding to it the Public Procurement and Concession Commission, Liberia Land Authority and the Ministry of State.
The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning will work with the Public Procurement and Concession Commission to upgrade the automation of the procurement system.
The Liberia Business Registry will lead the formation of a technical committee comprising the Public Procurement and Concession Commission, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Liberia Land Authority and the National Investment Commission together with the Ministry of Finance and Development planning to discuss ways of improving Liberia’s business environment.
As part of the agreed action points, the GoL MCC Technical Working Group will convene at a retreat later this month to begin planning performance tracking and reporting.

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