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GoL holds consultative meeting with MACs on Ngos’ Sectorial Clearance

Monrovia, Liberia (Wednesday, May 22, 2024): The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, on Wednesday held a day-long consultative meeting with sector ministries, agencies, and commissions (MACs) on Non-Governmental Organizations or NGOs sectorial clearance. 

The objective of the gathering is to enhance the accreditation and registration process of NGOs operating in the country.

Representing Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima S. Kamara at the consultative forum, the Deputy Minister for Budget and Development Planning, Hon. Tanneh G. Brunson, thanked all participating Ministries, Agencies, and Commissions (MACs) for the level of efforts shown to form part of the meeting.

Mrs. Brunson disclosed that the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, through the Department of Economic Management, developed and revised the Aid and NGOs Policy guidelines and procedural manual in 2022, a one-stop shop NGO online registration and accreditation system.

Mrs. Brunson noted that it was developed and launched on August 18, 2022, to enhance NGOs’ accreditation and registration process in the country.

However, before the launch of the platform, NGO registration, and accreditation were done through a manual process, which had several challenges, including long bureaucracies, document loss, and a too-long paper trail. It took two weeks to complete.

“The NGO registration and accreditation were done through a manual process that had several challenges, including long bureaucracies, loss of documents, and too much paper trail taking two weeks to complete, “she added.

According to her, the development of the new platform was completed to remove the bottlenecks associated with the manual process of obtaining sectorial clearance from sector ministries, agencies, and commissions (MACs) with accreditation from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

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She added that both parties had an engagement meeting with partners from civil society organizations, National NGOs, and international NGOs operating in Liberia to address major concerns raised by all partners, including the issue of discrepancy in fees for sector clearance across government and high fees charged at various entities.

The consultative meeting was attended by the Deputy Minister for Budget and Development Planning, Mrs. Tanneh G. Brunson, the Deputy Minister for Economic Management, Hon. Dehpue Zuo, the Assistant Minister for External Resource and Debt Management, Hon. Alice Williams, officials from Ministries, Agencies, Commissions (MACs), and staff from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

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