According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), MIA Minister Henrique Tokpah said the dialogue is part of efforts by his Ministry to ensure coordination and collaboration between county officials and caucus in the implementation of development projects in the various counties.
The MIA Minister said the dialogue is crucial because statistics has shown that there have been series of misunderstandings between and among leaders of the various counties in the usage of social and county development funds.
He said the forum is also intended to discuss the possibility of drawing up a new County Development agenda that would reflect current challenges facing the decentralization program.
In remarks, Representative Prince Moye, who spoke on behalf of the Legislative Caucus, admitted that some of the decisions that were taken in the past did not reflect the actual needs of the people.
He also noted that there have been several unrealistic projects derived at the County sitting as a result of 'personal agenda' and lack of consultation with the citizens.
Moye hoped that the dialogue would engender a new paradigm shift that would strengthen government’s development programs across the county.
The dialogue is being attended by district commissioners, superintendents, assistant superintendents for development and fiscal affairs, the Legislative Caucus as well as the County Inspector, among others.
Last year there were tussles between the county Superintendent Selina polson and the legislative caucus over an alleged misapplication of county development which resulted to superintendent Polson immediate suspension by the President of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
After an investigation early this year, Superintendent Polson was set free by the GAC which led to her immediate reinstatement by the Liberian Chief Executive Johnson Sirleaf.