The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved two International Development Association (IDA) credits totaling US$45 million to support the Government of Liberia’s new strategy to expand electricity coverage by 2030.
Speaking at the third Quarterly Media Dialogue of the World Bank Liberia Country Office, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, Country Manager of the World Bank disclosed that the amount is also intended to improve maternal health, child health and infectious disease services in Liberia.
Madam Dobraja said the Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project will support the extension of the transmission and distribution grid providing access to electricity to about 10,300 new users located not only in Monrovia but also outside of the capital.
“It will also facilitate the transport and storage of heavy fuel oil to provide more cost-effective additional supply of electricity, and better planning of the development of the electricity sector in Liberia. The Liberia Health Systems Strengthening project will help improve the quality of maternal and child health care at the selected hospitals using a result-based approach that has worked well in other countries such as Rwanda and Burundi,” the World Bank Country Manager in Liberia averred.
Highlighting the Integrated Public Financial Management Reformed Project, the World Bank’s Liberian boss said her team has just returned from Lofa where they participated in the dedication of a number of World Bank funded projects, implemented by the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE).
According to her, a total of 15 community empowerment projects were in seven Districts in Lofa were dedicated and handed over to the people of Lofa County. “We want to thank the European Union for co-funding these projects. The EU was represented at the program by its Head of Operations, Ms. Paula Vazuez Horyaans,” Madam Dobraja said.
She put the cost of the facilities at approximately US$0.7 million, covering two bridges, 6 box culverts, schools, 5 water wells and latrines benefitting over 95,000 people in the seven districts of Lofa County. She said the interventions will enhance access on farm to market roads, improve community health for mainly women and children through safe drinking water, and quality learning space for over 550 school children.
“We are sharing with you again an updated project brief of the World Bank effective June 1, 2013. This brief will give you a clear picture of how we are supporting the Government and people of Liberia. Currently, the Bank is at the concluding phase of its Country Assistance Strategy. This strategy is closely aligned with the Government’s Agenda for Transformation. We have to work closely with Liberia in supporting its agenda for development covering the next 3-5 years,” she stated.