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19 October 2016 – Liberian President H.E Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced today the country’s commitment to undertake the APRM Country Review Process in the first quarter of 2017. President Johnson Sirleaf made the announcement during an audience with the delegations from APRM Continental Secretariat and the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa (UNECA), led by APRM CEO Professor Eddy Maloka.
“Liberia will inform the upcoming APR Forum in January 2017 of our intentions to have our Country Review Report presented at the June 2017 Forum. Until recently Liberia had to overcome a lot of diversions and difficulties to its APRM Process. Now that we are back on track, we would like to take the Review Process forward,” she quipped.
H.E Johnson Sirleaf urged all stakeholders involved in the Liberian Review Process to “focus and stick to timelines so that the Country Report can be finalized in time for the Forum in June 2017”.
The Liberian President further congratulated APRM CEO Prof. Maloka on his revitalization efforts of the Mechanism and wished him well on his new responsibilities.
During the meeting, the APRM Focal Point and Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Honorable Boima Kamara briefed the president on the status of the APRM process in Liberia and outlined the objectives of the mission led by Prof. Maloka.
APRM CEO Professor Maloka informed the President of the efforts of peer learning and experience sharing taking place between Liberia and Sierra Leone. He also articulated the measures in place to save cost during review missions as directed by the APRM Member States.
“To ensure country review missions are cost effective, we are ready to pilot new methodologies that are efficient and could decrease cost tremendously during missions”, alluded Prof. Maloka.
Professor Maloka further committed to allocate resources necessary to ensure the review is completed timely and effectively.
The Liberia country APRM process is led by Mr Emmanuel B. David, Chairman of the National Governing Council and Mr Dax Sua, the executive Director of the APRM National Secretariat.
In other news:
APRM Liberia has officially launched its National Sensitization Campaign in Monrovia. The objectives of the campaign are to increase national awareness and sensitization of the populace on the APRM in preparation for the Country’s Self-assessment process and subsequent review.