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    UN pledges support for Liberia gender scheme

    APA-Monrovia (Liberia)

    The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations (UN), Yacoub El- Hillo, has pledged the organization’s support for the implementation of the Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting (GRPB) in Liberia.

    Coordinator El-Hillo stated that the UN remains committed to the implementation process and stands with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) as it coordinates with other line ministries, agencies and commissions (MACs) in the implementation of this policy.

    The UN Resident Coordinator made the remarks Thursday at the launch of the GRPB at the Finance Ministry in Monrovia.

    According to El-Hillo, effective coordination and communication between and amongst various MACs will lead to achieving the desire results.

    “We value this partnership and collaboration with MFDP and happy to play important part in the GRPB policy preparation and finalization by providing technical expertise in the process,” he added.

    Coordinator El-Hillo stressed that the national budget is the most comprehensive statement of the government’s social and economic plans and priorities as captured in the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development(PAPD).

    He indicated that the national budget determines how public funds are raised, how they are used and who benefits from them.

    He noted that the implementation requires measures to incorporate a gender perspective in planning and budgeting frameworks as well as concrete investment in addressing gender gaps in Liberia.

    The UN Coordinator asserted that effective implementation of the GRPB policy will ensure that different needs of social groups, women, men, girls and boys are continuously taken into account.

    He pointed out that one of the goals of the Public Financial Management (PFM) reform process of Liberia is to improve delivery which leads to effective resource allocation.

    Coordinator El- Hillo emphasized that this reflects the fact that the new PFM paradigm goes beyond accurate and efficient accounting and also reflects the leadership role of MFDP in leading the process of achieving social impact through fiscal policy.

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