World Bank Approves US$40M for Governance Reform

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first_imgThe World Bank (WB) Executive Board of Directors have approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA) grant for Liberia to help address governance reforms and human capital development in the country.World Bank Country Manager for Liberia, Larisa Leshchenko, who spoke yesterday at a quarterly media dialogue with journalists held in Congo Town, said the Third Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation (PRSDPO-III) grant, which includes US$8 million from the IDA Crisis Response Window (CRW), will support government’s strong policy efforts to adjust to the twin shocks of the Ebola crisis and the slump in commodity prices.“We are pleased to inform you that Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara and I signed the agreement to enable the operation to become effective. This operation will strengthen governance, with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability, as well as budget execution and oversight. It will address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and improve human capital development, particularly through improved access to education and health,” Ms. Leshchenko said.She said the poverty reduction grant agreement is the third in a series of four operations and that Liberia has developed a good track record of undertaking difficult and challenging reforms.These reforms, according to her, are crucial for helping to create the enabling environment for the transformation of the economy and the improvement of lives.Reforms on governance, she said, will also help to create a more transparent government, limit corruption, and raise the confidence of citizens and investors.Addressing the lack of electricity, she said lowering its price “helps to increase access to both residential and business customers, thereby not only providing more light for children to study by at night, but also facilitating the development of the manufacturing sector, including the agro-industry.” Additionally, Ms. Leshchenko informed journalists that the WBG and the Liberian government signed a US$4.2 million grant of the bank’s Africa Catalytic Growth Fund to support the completion of key construction of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program in the country, including the completion of the Mesurado Fish Complex and the integration of the Mesurado-Robertsport Cluster.“We like to reiterate that the process of developing a new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Liberia has started,” she added.Explaining further, she said the CPF will guide the bank’s engagement with Liberia over the next three to five years and the bank will work towards engaging with various stakeholders, including the media, to get inputs.These inputs, the World Bank Manager said, will be important to the development of the CPF, which will assist the bank to identify constraints to poverty reduction and shared growth, adding that the WB considers the media an important partner in working towards achieving these goals and objectives.Meanwhile, Program Leader Errol Graham said “This operation will help the Government of Liberia to strengthen governance with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability. It will also address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and will help mitigate the commodity price shocks.”He said the grant will also strengthen the weak infrastructure, which is critical for achieving inclusive growth in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgMANCHESTER, England — They’ve combined for nearly 200 points, lost only five times between them, and won every single game in the past two months.Compliments have flowed between their managers, each describing the other’s side as among the best in the world.They are separated by a single point heading into the final day of the one of the most thrilling title races that English soccer has witnessed.Both Manchester City and Liverpool would be deserved winners of this season’s Premier League title but only one team will be lifting the trophy at about 5 p.m. on Sunday.The players of the runners-up will likely sit disconsolately in their locker room and wonder, with some justification, what more it could have done.City holds all the aces, knowing a win at Brighton on the south coast is guaranteed to secure a fourth league title in eight seasons, a sixth in total and — for the first time — two in a row.Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Brighton is in fourth-to-last place, is safe from relegation, is without a win since March 9, and has scored only twice in its last nine games. City, meanwhile, is seeking a 14th straight league win to finish the season and to secure the second trophy — after the English League Cup, won in February — in its bid to become the first team to win all three domestic trophies in a single English season.The FA Cup against Watford is on May 19.“We have two games to win two titles or to lose two titles,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “We are going to go to Brighton and attack them and attack them and attack them to be champions.”Liverpool, which hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers, faces the prospect of finishing with 97 points — more than any other team has collected in Premier League history, save for last year’s City side (100) — and still not winning the title.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp before the English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St James’ Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday May 4, 2019. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)How cruel that would be for a club so desperate to end a 29-year wait for its 19th league trophy.The Reds have lost only one league game this season, a 2-1 defeat at City on Jan. 3. That could ultimately cost them the title, a century of points, and joining Arsenal’s so-called “Invincibles” of 2003-04 in going a full league campaign unbeaten.“If we are champions, then we are champions,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “You can’t feel pressure when you do your best.”Premier League run-ins can sometimes spark mind games and catty comments between rival managers, but not this one. Klopp and Guardiola appreciate the other’s teams, even thank them for pushing their own players to previously unseen limits.Guardiola labeled Liverpool’s class of 2018-19 as one of the two best teams he has faced as a manager, along with the Barcelona team from 2015 when he was coach at Bayern Munich. Klopp has said for a couple of seasons now that City is “the best team in the world.”There will of course be regrets, whatever happens. Liverpool’s biggest end-of-round lead was seven points at the end of December, and the team could have gone 10 points clear by beating City in early January. There were also the four draws in six games from Jan. 30-March 3 which allowed City to regain control of the title race.Still, Klopp’s players have done little wrong and a win over Wolves would be their ninth straight since drawing against Merseyside neighbor Everton on March 3.Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum, left, celebrates scoring his side’s third goal of the game during the Champions League Semi Final, second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)While Liverpool has often relied on late goals to sustain its title charge, City’s finish to the season has been more routine, more ruthless. The champions have never been behind in their 13-match winning run that began with a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Feb. 3, conceding only two goals since then.The tension has ratcheted up in recent weeks, though, as City hung on nervously to beat Tottenham 1-0 on April 20 and Burnley on April 28. Then, on Monday, Guardiola’s team appeared to be running out of ideas against Leicester when long-serving captain Vincent Kompany unexpectedly smashed a swerving 25-meter strike into the top corner to seal a 1-0 win.Someone — whether it is Phil Foden (against Tottenham), Sergio Aguero (against Burnley) or Kompany (against Leicester) — has stepped up when City most needed them over the past month.Will there be another hero on Sunday? Or is this finally Liverpool’s time?GOLDEN BOOTLiverpool forward Mohamed Salah is on course to win the Golden Boot as the Premier League’s top scorer for a second straight year but there are three players with a realistic chance of beating him to the prize on the final weekend.Salah has 22 goals for the season — 10 fewer than his total from last year — and he will get a chance to add more against Wolves if he recovers from a concussion sustained against Newcastle last weekend that ruled him out of the 4-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.Aguero, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Salah’s teammate, Sadio Mane, all have 20 goals. Aubameyang’s last game is at Burnley.Fifth in the scoring chart is Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, but he needs four goals to simply draw level with Salah’s current haul ahead of a home match against Chelsea.By: Steve Douglas, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more