European Union to commit 279 Million Euros to Liberia

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Liberia poised to benefit from 279 million Euros from the European Development Fund, (EDF) from 2015 to 2020, Liberia’s delegation to the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU-JPA) has revealed.

Liberia was represented at the ACP-EU-JPA by three lawmakers—Representatives Worlea-Saywah Dunah, Corpu Barclay and William Dakel.

The delegation in its report informed the House’s Plenary that the 10th EDF had faced out, and that the incoming 11th EDF had allotted the amount to Liberia.

The delegation disclosed that the fund targeted education, health, roads constriction and maintenance, good governance, the justice system and youth programs.

The delegation indicated that the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has already presented projection for expenditure under the Fund for the period of 2015-2010 in the National Indicative program.

The Worlea-Saywah Dunah-led delegation also told the plenary of the House of Representatives that Ministry of Finance and Development Planning had allocated 107 million Euros, 38% of the total money to good governance, 100 Euros for the energy sector, 32 million Euros Education and 30 million to the Agriculture.

It added that 4 million Euros had been allocated to measures in favor of the civil society; while 6 million Euros for support measures.

Meanwhile, the delegation recommends to the plenary of the House that the committee on Ways, Means and Finance engages the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on the setting of goals and plans for the European Aid and report same to plenary.

They also recommended that the budget of the support Liberian Embassy in the Caribbean and Pacific-European Union be increased to enable it properly function like other embassies to provide transport means to the delegation when on duty.