“BOSS Concept Is Workable” …UNDP Deputy CD Tells Partners

Jul 24, 2017

UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programme Cleophas Torori emphasizing a few points during the technical meeting organized for the BOSS Project

The Deputy Country Director of Programmes of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says the concept of the Business Opportunities through Support Services (BOSS) project is workable with a high potential of improving the livelihoods of many Liberians and increasing the viability of their businesses.

Mr. Cleophas Torori said the design of the project will support the country’s decentralization process and promote efforts aimed at enhancing the small and medium business enterprises policy and programmes of Liberia.

Speaking at the opening of the Business Opportunities through Support Services (BOSS) project team planning meeting in Ganta, Nimba County, Mr. Torori said even though the project was faced with numerous challenges from its start up, but ‘light is now beginning to shine at the end of the tunnel,’ and called on participants to take advantage of the opportunity to move the project forward for the benefit of the Liberian people. 

BOSS’ is a UNDP supported project in partnership with the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Commerce and was established to enhance decentralisation and support micro and small and medium enterprises policy implementation in Liberia through the establishment of Business Support Service Centres at the County level, which will strengthen capacities of youth, women and agri- producing enterprises.

However, as a new project, BOSS was engulfed with several challenges. The UNDP Deputy Country Director told participants: “I like you to be honest and frank and identify the problems where they are; if it’s from UNDP, we are willing to admit where there may have been mistakes but we are also willing and determined to ensure that this programme achieve the objectives for which it was intended….”

The meeting was intended to review past, current state of affairs and plan for the way forward on project activities.

Also in remarks, Madam Manu Kamara, Assistant Minister of Commerce & Industries for Small Business Administration (SBA) said the gathering was critical in setting the stage in planning for the full implementation of the project.

Madam Kamara pledged the Ministry’s commitment through the SBA, to a successful implementation of the project.

“The Business Opportunities through Support Services (BOSS) project is key to the implementation of the Small Business Empowerment Act and the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) development at the Ministry of Commerce…and it supports three of the four pillars that we have for the development of SMEs in Liberia…” the Assistant Commerce and Industry Boss said.

For his part, Assistant Minister for Technical Services at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Elvin Frank thanked UNDP for the continued support in driving the Ministry’s decentralization programmes in the country over the years.

Assistant Minister Frank also pledged the Ministry’s fullest support in ensuring that the project achieve its targeted objectives of improving the livelihoods of youths and women through business opportunities, access to finance, trainings and other forms of support.

UNDP BOSS Project Manager, Marcus B. Zarway presented the general overview and update of the project and encouraged participants to point out the challenges and advance suggestions for a way forward in planning for a successful implementation of the project.

Participants were drawn from UNDP, Ministries of Commerce and Internal Affairs as well as Coordinators from four Service Centers in Bong, Nimba, Bassa and Margibi. The participants reviewed the project documents and activities base on progress, challenges and realities and made necessary adjustments aimed at remedying current and future challenges.

Contact

Zarway, Marcus - National Project Manager/ E-mail-marcus.zarway@undp.org Tel: + 231-770962142/886962142

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.orgTel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: sam.zota@undp.org Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162

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