The agreement was signed between the EPA on one hand, and the Ministries of Agriculture, Transport and Mines and Energy, Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and the UL on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
Accordingly, the signing ceremony was followed by the presentation of office equipment to the National Determining Contribution (NDC) hubs by the EPA. It was aimed at building and strengthening Liberia’s national capacity to implement the transparency elements of the Paris Climate Agreement (CBIT).
Speaking at the signing ceremony, EPA Executive Director, Mr. Nathaniel T. Blama, said the initiative is geared to strengthen the capacity of sector agencies and ministries to enable them report from their respective thematic areas.
“We have a role in Liberia to increase the transparency component of the Paris agreement. So, this signing and material presentation ceremony is to strengthen the capacity of key sectors so that they will report effectively on the sectors they are assigned to,” stated Blama.
“So, we purchased some equipment for your focal persons that they will use to do the job. We are going to also provide some support to enhance their work. This is to strengthen our monitoring to report accurately on the Paris Agreement,” he added.
Mr. Ernest S. Clarke, Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Agriculture, lauded the EPA and the Global Environment Fund (GEF) for the support, and vowed that the donated equipment will be used for the intended purpose.
“We will use the equipment for their intended purpose. I want to promise you, on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, that we will play our part towards and collaborate effectively with the hub,” he noted.
Mr. C. Mike Doryen, Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), said the agreement is in the right direction of national growth and development.
Also in remarks, Madam WeadeKobbah-Wureh, Vice President for University of Liberia (UL), indicated that the research will be able to inform public policy, vowing that the UL stands ready to work with the EPA and all other partners in ensuring the successful implementation of the program.