‘EITI Implementation in Liberia Is Vibrant’, LEITI Head of Secretariat Tells Cabinet’
LEITI’s Head of Secretariat, Mr. Jeffrey N. Yates, was among several other government officials that attended a Special Cabinet Retreat called by H.E. George M. Weah in Gompa, Nimba County. The Special Cabinet Retreat was meant to review gains made by various MACs, discuss the challenges facing the implementation of the PAPD, and lay out plans for the next sixteen (16) months of the Administration.
As required, the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative was invited to make a report on progress, challenges, and ongoing plans.
In his report at the retreat, which was conscientiously presided over by the President of the Republic, His Excellency George M. Weah, LEITI Head of Secretariat Jeffrey N. Yates, informed the President and members of the cabinet that the LEITI Secretariat is comprehensively restructured with professional staffs. He also told the President and members of the cabinet that the LEITI Secretariat is now current in EITI reporting, and the LEITI Secretariat is functioning well under the supervision of the Multi-Stakeholders Group. The catching point during the Head of Secretariat presentation was when he informed the President and cabinet members that Liberia had passed the EITI Validation.
“Mr. President, since we had the standstill that led to our suspension in 2018 and subsequent lifting in 2020, the LEITI is pleased to inform you that it is up to date with its reporting obligations. Mr. President, I am also pleased to inform you that under the supervision of the Multi-Stakeholder Group, Liberia has passed the EITI Validation and, just a week ago, published its 13th EITI Report covering the fiscal year 2019/2020. Our next report, the 14th, is due to be published at the end of July 2022,” Yates disclosed amidst thunderous applauds from the President and his cabinet.
“As its stands, Your Excellency, the EITI implementation in Liberia is vibrant and up to date, and the Secretariat and the MSG are grateful for your immense and continuous support to the process as we strive to lift the name of our patrimony amongst the countries implementing the EITI Standard and regulations” He concluded.
The Head of the Secretariat informed the President and members of the cabinet that the LEITI Secretariat has put together a comprehensive implementation plan that will be shared with the Office of the President and Ministries, Agencies, and Commissions.