The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has ended a two-day stakeholders’ engagement workshop on the dissemination of key messages in the country’s Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) strategy in Gbarnga, Bong County.
About 50 representatives from the LRA, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), UNDP, local and international development partners, NGOs, civil society and the business community assembled in Gbarnga for the engagement from the 15 counties of Liberia.
Speaking in an interview with the NewDawn’s correspondent in the county, LRA’s Manager for Policy Planning and Partnership Willington Jah says the main objective of the campaign is to present to stakeholders strategy options and areas of intervention.
According to Mr. Jah, the two days exercise will provide the opportunity for donors to clearly see how the DRM Strategy is critical in financing the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), the government’s development roadmap.
MR. Jah reveals that the two days event will further provide the opportunity for participants to clearly understand Liberia’s DRM Strategy and suggest ways forward for the implementation of the strategy.
According to him, DRM refers to the generation of revenue locally and their allocation to economically and socially productive investments, including basic social services such as roads, electricity, quality health, and education.
“It is potentially the biggest source of long-term financing for sustainable development and it is the lifeblood of all state governments such as the provision of public goods and services,” Mr. Jah stresses.
He continues that the DRM Strategy also serves as a key pillar of the government’s development roadmap, noting that it must be immensely supported by all participating stakeholders and partners.
The strategy is further in support of a global crusade highlighting DRM as pivotal for African countries to finance the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Africa Action Agenda 2063.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley