President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Wants OGP Return To ‘Robust Posture’
MONROVIA, April 12 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has noted the robust posture of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) when it was first initiated in Liberia and called for a return to such support.
She assured that Liberia remains committed to the OGP process and will do all it can to institutionalize it.
Speaking when the OGP Chief Executive Officer, Sanjay Pradhan, paid a courtesy call on her Tuesday, President Sirleaf recalled the Open Budget Process, which was started in Liberia, and stressed the need to continue it.
Also paying courtesy calls on President Sirleaf Tuesday were delegations from the African Capacity-building Foundation (ACBF) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf welcomed the delegations and commended them for their respective roles and activities in Liberia which, she said, have helped enhance the quality of governance in the country.
In remarks, the OGP Chief Executive Officer, who admitted to being a long-time admirer of President Sirleaf, expressed joy over the opportunity to have met with the Liberian leader and reflected on Liberia’s admission to the OPG in 2011.
He pointed out that since that time, the country has been a shining example for others to emulate and informed President Sirleaf that the membership of the OGP has grown to 75 since 2011.
“Let me congratulate the Government of Liberia for its commitment to land transparency and access to justice. The quality of leadership of you Madam President in the OGP Process and overall governance in Liberia truly makes you an OGP Champion. Access to information is also a strong pillar of Liberia’s Open Government process,” he noted.
During her meeting with the African Capacity-building Foundation (ACBF) delegation headed by its Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, a number of issues were raised and discussed.
They include support to the ACBF, empowering women in agriculture, Commissioning of an ACBF Country Needs Assessment and a request for President Sirleaf to serve as Champion of the ACBF.
President Sirleaf then welcomed the delegation for this long awaited visit, particularly at a time when the Agenda for Transformation with very precise goals is ongoing.
She gave a personal testimony about the success of the Women in Agriculture initiative, which is now being piloted in Tanzania.
She called for a re-assessment of the operations of LIMPAC with clearly defined goals and objectives, noting, “This institution should be reorganized and transformed with a independent status.”
Earlier, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Boimah Kamara, who accompanied the ACBF and APRM delegations, noted that the African Capacity-building Foundation is re-engaged with Liberia and that the country is meeting its obligations to that body.
President Sirleaf also met separately with an African Peer-Review Mechanism delegation led by the Minister of Finance and Development Planning.