The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Liberian government Wednesday signed a $45 million grant agreement aimed at building the capacity of key government sectors in five years.
Under the agreement code-named "USAID Governance and Economic Management Support (USAID-GEMs)", thousands of civil servants are expected to benefit from various capacity building initiatives in selected government ministries and agencies.
USAID Mission Director in Liberia, Ms. Patricia Rader told New Democrat following the signing that proper utilization of the program would help reinforce good governance and bring about growth and development.
"This program is designed to address the Liberia's needs at the critical intersection of governance and economic progress. Those needs are pressing, and will determine Liberia's future," she noted.
She said USAID would manage the fund in close collaborating with government as implementing partner.
Finance Minister Amara Konneh, who signed on behalf of the government, thanked USAID and Washington for their enormous support toward capacity building and other initiatives in Liberia aimed at fast-tracking post-war recovery in the country.
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