Gov’t, Commits US$30k To OGP Secretariat

-To Enhance Governance
The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has committed US$30,000 to the Secretariat of the Open Government Partnership in order to ensure the smooth running of the activities of the institution.The Open Government Partnership is a voluntary international initiative that is intended to secure concrete commitments from government to their people which help foster transparency, accountability, and government responsiveness to its citizens.
Speaking Thursday at the official launch of the procreation of the OGP 4th Action Plan project at the Innovative Campus in Monrovia, the Deputy Minister for Budget and Development Planning, Tanneh G. Brunson, expressed gratitude to the OGP for its efforts in ensuring transparency, accountability and good governance in Liberia.
She pledged the support of the government through budgetary allocation to ensure the efficiency of the OGP, stressing: “In that light we want to commit the amount of US$30,000 in the 2019/2020 national budget to the OGP Secretariat.”
Making the remark on behalf of the Deputy Minister, the senior Budget Policy Officer at MFDP, Abraham Sirleaf, indicated that the Government of Liberia will do everything possible to support the workings of the OGP which, according to him, will help foster good governance in the country.
However, Sirleaf lamented that the government is currently facing constraints which have impeded the amount of support it wished to give the OGP, adding: “Due to the constraints of the resource envelope, the government cannot do much now but the government intends to do more than what it has done.”
Meanwhile, Sirleaf informed the OGP Secretariat that the Open Budget Initiative has also committed the amount of US$100,000 to assist the institution achieve its commitments.
The Open Budget Initiative is a global research and advocacy program which seeks to promote public access to budget information and the adoption of accountable budget systems.
Also, the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Information and also Chairman on the Steering Committee of the OGP, Daniel Gayedyu, extolled the Government of Liberia and the OBI for their contributions toward the OGP.
He called on Ministers and Heads of Agencies to collaborate with the OGP in achieving the commitments of the institutions, stressing: “The Open Government Partnership mandate is consistent with Pillar Four of our Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development that has to do with governance and transparency.”
Gayedyu assured government employees that the work of the OGP is not an additional liability added to the function but rather an enhancement of their core function and mandate”.

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