Monrovia - Liberia's cabinet has scrupulously reviewed Tier Three Performance updates from the Ministries of Commerce, Agriculture, Information, the Civil Service and General Services Agencies pursuant to setting agenda for accomplishing critical dividends as planned by the administration in the coming months.
According to an Executive mansion release, Cabinet was briefed on how amid the agriculture sector, agro-processing and value addition would lead to manufacturing and service delivery. Key triggers towards manufacturing include to – amend section 16 of the Revenue Code, renew executive order 64, adopt ECOWAS CET, pass special economic zone act, enact foreign trade and competition laws, create signature list for manufacturers, reform and streamline inspection procedures, the verification of conformity, attract packaging and labelling investor, improve the doing business indicators in Liberia and implement the development of the Monrovia Industrial Park. The General Services Agency (GSA) briefed Cabinet on guidelines, policies and procedures for the tracking, maintenance and operation of assets; registration of major capital assets such as buildings and vehicles; and build human capacity in the GSA and the Ministries, Agencies and Commissions to manage assets on a day-to-day basis. The GSA has successfully completed the construction a US$500,000.00 facility in Paynesville to carry out fleet maintenance for government-owned vehicles. On the agriculture front, cabinet was briefed on the strategic alignment of key stakeholders for improved efficiency, revise agriculture donor working group, synchronize agricultural and manufacturing Task Force, revive operating procedures and identify leads for sector working group and align currently funded projects. So far, a total of 137,000 farmers across the country have been registered into a date-base. The President will lead an array of government officials for the official launch of the Ministry of Agriculture e-Registration of farmers in Liberia at the Clay Youth Agriculture Vocational Training Center on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Meanwhile, Cabinet was also provided updates on the pay and pension reform within the Civil Service, the optimal sizing and workforce development. Under workforce development, Cabinet has approved CSA’s guidelines that “No new Ministers can take up their new positions with an entourage from their previous ministries”. As part of CSA’s reform initiative, there will a formal launch of Job Description Catalogue for Ministries and Agencies and Performance Management Policy Manual on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Monrovia City Hall at 10:00a.m. In a related development Cabinet was brought up to speed on the status of Providence, the National Museum as well as the Cultural Village. A proposed bill to transform the Liberia News Agency into an autonomous facet is being finalized for submission to legal luminaries for relevant inputs prior to being sent to the National Legislature.