H.E. Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf expressed satisfaction over Liberia’s performance to date and acknowledged the dedication and commitment of the LEITI team in the implementation of its functions and mandate. Madam Sirleaf thanked the LEITI for going beyond the core EITI (mining and oil) sectors to include forestry and agriculture and making sure that all concession agreements and major contracts were obtained by the LEITI and published.
Following the President’s remarks, the Chairman of EITI International, Dr. Peter Eigen praised Liberia for the steps it has taken in complying with the new standards of resource management under the EITI. He thanked the Government of Liberia for the level of political will being given to the EITI process in Liberia. Dr. Eigen also commended the civil society and the private sector as well as the Multi-stakeholders steering Group of the LEITI for the commitment being exhibited by them. He expressed happiness for the true nature of the multi-stakeholder process in Liberia and the way the EITI process is being implemented.
Chairman Eigen however stressed the importance of Liberia to have in place a good, transparent, and honest governance structure to ensure that resources of the country benefit all the people.
The most senior EITI delegation found the opportunity to attend a LEITI public awareness and outreach meeting in Bong Mines, Bong County. During the meeting, Dr. Eigen and Mr. Rich were gowned and named chief and paramount chief respectively by the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL). The NTCL is a member of civil society comprising all the chiefs and traditional leaders of Liberia.
Addressing the participants, Dr. Eigen further explained the EITI process to the participants and said that he was extremely happy for the outreach meetings with the communities. The EITI Chairman told the locals that the LEITI outreach meetings will enhance transparency and accountability and provide a platform to know how the revenues accrued from the sectors under the EITI process are managed.
The meeting brought together over eight hundred participants from Fuamah District and its surrounding towns and villages. The meeting was also attended by the Bong County Legislative Caucus , the Superintendent of Bong County, and other County Officials, and the National Traditional Council of Liberia represented by Chiefs and traditional leaders from ten of the fifteen counties of Liberia.