Information Minister Eugene Nagbe says the support from the private sector through the launching of the Liberia Private Sector Executive Committee (LIPSEC) web portal will enhance transparency and accountability for donations coming to the government during this coronavirus crisis. “The importance of this portal is in the interest of transparency, efficiency,” he said Tuesday, 30 June at the Ministry of Health in Oldest Congo Town during the launch of LIPSEC web portal.
According to him, it will give the people more confidence that the government and its partners are proceeding rightly, indicating that the web portal will enhance transparency interns of finance, material and coordination including health care equipment. He explains that this launch is a private – public – partnership to work along with the Incident Management System (IMS) to drive the COVID – 19 response.
According to Minister Nagbe, a group of individuals and entities have decided to support the government of Liberia’s efforts to eradicate COVID – 19 from Liberia, saying their contribution has been immense.
Representing the Minister of Health, the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia Dr. Francis Kateh says the launch of the portal marks an important step in government collaboration with the private sector and its partners to defeat COVID – 19. Dt. Kateh says this innovative approach will help the Government of Liberia to account for private sector donations and support to COVID – 19 response.
He says when Coronavirus hit Liberia in early March this year, the government through the Health Ministry exhausted all efforts in revitalizing the private sector engagement committee to function as a coordinating arm to support the IMS for COVID – 19. For his part, Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States George Patten, speaking via zoom, says the launch of the web portal is a step geared towards ensuring transparency and accountability in the country.
Amb. Patten notes that he is excited to form part of this great initiative, adding that the decision of the government and the private sector including its partners is welcoming.
He notes that the web portal will demonstrate government’s commitment to openness and fairness on any donation that will come in from donors and the private sector.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley