UN Resident Coordinator Leads a Monitoring Mission to outlying areas

Feb 26, 2016

The Team spoke with market traders on the economic situation in that part of the Country

The United Nations Resident Coordinator (RC) has led a monitoring team to monitor economic activities in  Nimba, Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties.

Mr. Antonio Vigilante led a Team on a mission to Liberia, comprising the Senior Programme Coordinator of the Instanbul Regional Hub for Europe Elena Panova, UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen and an independent Consultant Javier Jahnsen.

During the monitoring visit, the Team held discussions with citizens to get a sense of their economic situation.

Mr. Vigilante who is also Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Recovery and Governance (DSRSG) and UNDP Resident Representative said as the United Nations Mission in Liberia draws down its military presence from Liberia, it was important to hold discussions with the citizens to get a sense of their economic lives.

Speaking during a visit to Sanniquellie, Nimba County, the UNDP Resident Representative said as part of efforts to help impact the livelihood of the people, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the Ministry of Internal Affairs to take services closer to the people through the County Service Centers (CSC).

The CSC is a one-stop shop set up under the Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) to ensure that major documentation services are accessible to rural residents. At the Center, line Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACS), through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, oversee the processing and issuance of certificates, licenses, permits and other important documents used by various sectors of the Liberian society.

During the visit to Nimba, the DSRSG and delegation held meetings with county authorities, including the county health coordinator, market women, local agro-producers, women group, civil society, and other stakeholders in the county.

To also help enhance and impact the economic lives of the people of Liberia, especially in the wake of the UNMIL drawdown process, UNDP Resident Representative said discussions are underway with the Government through the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Commerce for the opening of business windows at these Service Centers to help business people in the counties.

“UNDP is discussing with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the possibility of attaching to the Service Center a business window which may also perhaps, provide microcredit and microloan to the business community….” Mr. Vigilante stated.

With funding from the European Union and Managed by UNDP, the Country’s first Service Center is fully functional in the Port City of Buchanan and providing different kinds of services to the people of Bassa and surrounding areas.

Like in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, three (3) additional Centers are also expected to be opened in Kakata, Margibi; Gbarnga, Bong and Sanniquellie, Nimba counties.

The Government of Liberia, through a European Union Grant contribution, is facilitating the actualization of County Service Centers in eight counties, under the Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) managed by the United Nations Development Programme in Liberia. Other partners include USAID, UMMIL and the Government of Sweden.

In another development, Mr. Vigilante has urged the administration of Center Songhai Liberia (CSL) to encourage and train students of the Center to become self-reliant upon graduation.

Center Songhai Liberia is an agriculture and entrepreneurship training Center in Bentol, Bensonville City, Montserrado County.

He said as the students prepare for graduation, it was important that they be taught and inspired to be entrepreneurs rather than waiting for government employment. 

During a recent visit to the Center, Mr. Vigilante told the students to maximize the opportunity that has been provided to them.

He urged them to take advantage of training opportunities in making themselves better and productive citizens in Liberia.

The objective of this training is to develop these youths to acquire productive skills, including life-skills that might place them in a better position to secure sustainable livelihoods, employment and empowerment.

One hundred and twenty-two (122) applications were received. Following two weeks of orientation and vetting exercises 100 trainees were selected and are expected to graduate soon.

The center's operations are divided into three key areas: agricultural and entrepreneurial training; production units and research and development into sustainable agricultural practices.

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