As part of effort to build the capacity of key trade support institutions in Liberia and also enhance private sector development, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has handed over Information Communications Technology (ICT) equipment to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The equipment is valued at US$34,000.
The handing over ceremony took place Monday May 23, 2016 at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on Ashum Street with key stakeholders and partners including Deputy Minister for Trade and Commerce, Steve Marvie, in attendance. According to AfDB’s Senior Economist, Patrick Hettinger, the ICT equipment handover is part of a scheme called Programmed of Assistance to Trade Support Institutions in Liberia (PATSIL). The PATSIL Project started in 2014 with the intent of providing procurement consultancy and increase transparency among key trade institutions in the country, the AFDB senior Economist said. “Today’s commissioning of the ICT equipment marks a milestone for the PATSIL Project that will bring relief to trade institutions,” Mr. Hettinger stressed. He also commended staff of the Commerce Ministry and Minister Axel M. Addy for the leadership role played for the implementation of the PATSIL project. Th AfDB senior economist also assured the bank’s fullest support to capacity building and development of key government agencies in the country. Providing the overview of the PATSIL Project, the Project Coordinator Samuel Monger said the project is hinged on three key pillars. He named the three Key pillars as Technical Assistance, Capacity building and Logistical support under which the ICT equipment was procured. The PATSIL coordinator Monger said training has been ongoing to build the human resource capacity of staff from the procurement session of the trade institutions. He further indicated that staffs were also trained in the area of Finance and the Internal Audit divisions respectively. “We believe that having this project in full swing will help us a lot to inform benefactors and development partners that PATSIL is in readiness,” Mr. Monger added. Also Speaking at the program Deputy Commerce Minister for Administration Frantz Sawyer said the commissioning program is the commitment of the Ministry to the PATSIL program. Deputy Minister Sawyer said the PATSIL program will help build the capacity of key trade support institutions in Liberia and also enhance private sector development.