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Senate Pro-tempore Armah Zolu Jallah and a delegation from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) headed by its Director of Mission, Anthony Chan, have held discussion aimed at structuring the central administration and financial management system of the Liberian Senate.

According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, March 21, the meeting, which was held in the office of the Pro-tempore, also included Senators Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence of Grand Bassa County and Morris Saytumah of Bomi County, respectively all of whom jointly requested USAID support in the financial management system.

Accordingly, the fruitful discussion held with the USAID delegation will greatly improve the senate financial system that will include digital tracking and networking in the preparation and execution of the national budget as well as enhance the work of the Legislative Budget Office (LBO).

The meeting was fruitful especially with the presence of the head of USAID and basically it is noteworthy that the leadership of the Senate will like to see major transformation in the accounting system of the Senate,” said Pro-tempore Jallah.
He disclosed that the delegation accepted the request and also jotted lots of information, which will form the basis of the structuring of the central administration and financial management system at the Upper House.

“The initiative is important for the Senate, especially because it will holistically and prudently structure our financial management system and make it more robust, accountable and effective in its core operation and we are happy with their response to help improve our system,” Pro-tempore Jallah further noted.

In remarks, USAID Mission Director Chan expressed delight for the meeting with Pro-tempore Jallah and colleagues, and promised that their request will be highly considered to ensure improved financial system at the Legislature.
Notably, the USAID-Senate financial structuring support will incorporate employees of the Legislative Budget Office, who will be trained to discreetly execute the Senate budget in a timely manner.

Following the meeting, Pro-tempore Jallah appointed Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence to coordinate with the USAID officials in order to actualize the financial management structuring of the Senate to reflect accountability.
Meanwhile, the Pro-tempore has expressed delight over the steady progress achieved on the rehabilitation of roads in Gbarpolu County, especially the “dangerous” Kpo Hill that usually poses threat to commuters during rainy season. Press Release

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