Pro-Tempore Chie assures AfDB of violence-free elections
By Ethel A. Tweh
Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie has assured a visiting African Development Bank (AfDB) delegation that the Liberian Senate will ensure that free, fair, and violence-freed elections are held through its oversight responsibility.
Meeting with the delegation Tuesday, 21 March 2023 at the Capitol, Pro-Tempore Chie also committed to transparency and good governance, especially as the country moves towards its critical presidential and legislative elections in October this year.
He told the delegation that this is evidenced by the passage of several anti-graft Acts including the Anti-Corruption Act.
Speaking earlier, the head of the AfDB Delegation Ahmed Zayed told the Senate that the delegation was in the country to assure the government that the African Development Bank will continue its efforts in road construction and the improvement in the energy sector.
The visiting delegation however told the Senate that although the AfDB has the intention to do more, its financial strength cannot satisfy the entire forty-six countries in Africa, especially when the needs of the countries are so many.
The delegation then encouraged domestic resource mobilization as well as reform to help augment the strength of the national budget.
It suggested that there cannot be a viable foreign direct investment in any country if there is no National Direct Investment.
Also speaking, the African Development Bank’s Country Manager Benedict Sorie Kanu expressed dissatisfaction over the delay by the government to ratify the Energy Food Crisis Agreement.
He said despite several reminder letters to the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweah, nothing has been done to ratify the Agreement even though a grant of 5.12 Million is ready.
Meanwhile, Maryland and Grand Kru County Senators, Gbleh-bo Brown and Numene Bartekwa commended the African Development Bank for the level of transformation brought in the southeastern region, most especially road connectivity.