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Govt, partners review water, sanitation and hygiene

By John Kumeh

 (lbsonline/Liberia)-A multi party water, sanitation and hygiene High level meeting gets under way shortly in Monrovia.

The meeting, scheduled for February 5-7, 2013, is expected to be held at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.

It is organized by the Liberian Government, with support from its partners.

The High Level meeting will discuss critical issues in Liberia‘s WASH Sector and ensure that proper recommendations are put in place to address issues affecting the sector.

“The Joint WASH Sector Review is an annual obligation of the WASH sector to review activities in the Sector”, Assistant Public Works Minister for Community Services, George Nyango, said.

Assistant Minister Nyango told lbsonline that the Sector’s Strategic Plan will be the key highlight during the first two days of the conference.

He said: “Participants at the three day gathering will be looking at the Sector’s Strategic Plan, with reference to implementation, gaps closure, and agencies, or ministries’ performances and achievements.” “When this is done a clear cut timeline will be put in place to ensure the implementation of key WASH policy in the country”, MR. Nyango said.

The Assistant Public Works Minister also said: “Two key documents in the WASH Sector will be launched during the three day International Conference on the country’s WASH Sector.

He named the documents as the Sector Investment Plan (SIP) and the capacity development Plan.

“The Capacity Development Plan (CDP) is a sort logistical vehicle that will drive the SIP.  “The CDP puts in place the institutional frame work to enable agencies and ministries of the sector have some oversight for WASH to implement their mandates robustly,” Assistant Minister Nyango said.

He said: “The Sector Investment Plan (SIP) calls for US$4 hundred million Dollars investment in Liberia’s WASH sector for five year period.” “Also, the SIP looks at possible sources of funding for same period, and brings up the gap in the funding process of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the country.”

“I am happy that all of these efforts form part of the 2030 Vision Agenda for Transformation”, Mr. Nyango said.

The Joint WASH Sector Review is expected to bring together about 116 National and International Organizations, and the total number of 240 participants.

International Organizations expected to form part of the Joint WASH Sector Review are Sanitation and Water for all (SWA), the World Bank, and the African Development Bank (ADB).

Guests from various African Countries and the Netherlands are also expected to grace the occasion.

Other participants will be drawn from government agencies and ministries, fifteen county development superintendents, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

WASH Coordinators from the various counties, the private sector and, Local and International Non –Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will also serve as participants.

The Liberia Compact came into existence in 2011 as a result of several discussions and the work of many individuals and organizations, relevant government ministries and agencies.

Others are development partners, CSOs, NGOs and representatives from the private sector. 


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