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The Government of Liberia and its partners are expected to formally open County Service Centers in three Counties beginning with the Margibi County Service Center in Kakata City, this Thursday.
They are also expected to formally open the Bong County Service Center in Gbarnga City on Monday, April 25 and the Nimba County Service in Sanniquellie City on April 26, 2016 respectively.
A release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs said the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, will perform the official opening ceremonies along with an array of Government officials, development partners and members of the diplomatic Corps.
According to the release, the visiting State Secretary to for International Development Cooperation of Sweden, Ms. Ulrika Modeer is also expected to grace the opening of the Margibi County Service Center.
The County Service Center (CSC) is part of the National Deconcentration Platform and is primarily intended to bring services closer to the people. The CSC is a one-stop shop where documentation services relating to permits, licenses and certifications are offered at same quality and cost in Monrovia.
The release quotes Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Hon. Varney A. Sirleaf as saying the opening of County Service Centers mark a significant transition to a new governance approach aimed at making services available to the people in areas where they live. “With the establishment of these centers, it now becomes easier for our people to access services without coming to Monrovia”. Hon. Sirleaf emphasized.
It can be recalled, similar Service Center which was opened in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County in June, 2015 has been reporting tremendous progress regarding the number of service users and revenue generation.
At the same time, in fulfillment of fiscal Deconcentration, a County Treasury framework under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has been attached to each of the service centers.
The Finance Ministry defines County Treasury as a framework that allows financial transactions to be implemented in the Counties rather than in Monrovia.
It Implementation of the Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) is funded by the European Union, Swedish Government, USAID, UNMIL and UNDP. The release concluded.-Press release