The World Bank has clarified that it has made no commitment to the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority or NaFAA, as has been claimed in the latter’s press release issued on March 20.
In a release issued on March 20, 2019, titled “US$21m Fisheries Project Underway in Liberia- AsNaFAA DG visits World Bank Headquarters In Washington DC,” it was stated that “a US$21 million fisheries project is underway in Liberia under the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP).”
But the World Bank in a release issued on Monday March 25, said it had made no such commitment to fund a US21 million fisheries project here.
“During a meeting in Washington DC, both World Bank Directors praised what Liberia has achieved and recognized the challenges the country is facing. However, there was no commitment from the World Bank regarding a new fisheries project. Whether Liberia will have a new project with focus on fisheries will be determined after the new World Bank Director for Regional Integration comes on board on May 1, 2019, and a strategic decision will be made to fit the country’s priority needs,” the Bank said in its release.
Below is excerpts of the original NaFAA release:
The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority NaFAA has held fruitful discussions with authorities of the World Bank in continuation of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP)) in Liberia. The NaFAA Boss visit to the World Bank office was a follow up on a 21 million dollars fisheries project under theWest Africa Regional Fisheries Project WARFP.
According to a dispatch from Washington DC, the 21 million United States dollars from the World Band will be used to construct a modern state of the art fishing and processing facilities and the establishment of landing jetties in targeted five coastal counties including Montserrado, Additionally, this project is in continuation of the first phase of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project WARFP.
Among the eight regional countries, Liberia has made significant progress, as a result the World Bank has given Liberia the approval to proceed with the second phase of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project WARFP, which will shortly be implemented.
The 21 million United States dollars fisheries project when implemented as planned within the five coastal counties will greatly impart the Liberian fisheries sector as there exist a need for a state of the art fishing and processing facilities and landing jetties in all of the nine coastal counties.
The facilities, a state of the art fishing and processing and landing jetties that would be constructed in Liberia, will be the first of its kind upon completion and will tremendously impact the lives of the fishermen within those five coastal counties.
-World Bank clarifies