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NaFAA Clarifies DG’s Visit To World Bank Hq.

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority wishes to clarify that the recent visit of its Director General to the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC was centered on strengthening mutual relations aimed at exploring new opportunities for the fisheries sector.

Meeting at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, (Right – Left): Berengere Prince (Sr. Natural Resource Economist and Regional Task Team Leader for WARFP, Jingjie Chu (Sr. Natural Resource Economist & WARFP TTL for Liberia, Ghana & Sierra Leone), Abratha Doe (Deputy Ambassador to Washington DC), Emma Metieh-Glassco (Director General of NaFAA), Ms. Diarietou Gaye (Director Strategy and Operations Africa Region), Beatrix Allah-Mensah (Sr. Operations Officer).

NaFAA acknowledges that during these meetings the World Bank did not make any funding commitments for the new project, contrary to the Press release of March 21, 2019 which was a misrepresentation of the facts surrounding the Director General’s meeting with the World Bank in Washington DC, and that administrative action has been taken to remedy the situation.

However, NaFAA is pleased to inform the public that it remains positively engaged with the World Bank and is hopeful of an extended support for the sector, should the new World Bank Director for Regional Integration come on board on May 1 of this year.

The World Bank Funding Mechanism through the International Development Association (IDA) makes allocation to developing countries for the purpose of prioritizing development in different sectors of their national economies.  A regional allocation is also available from which countries can leverage $2.00 additional funding for every $1.00 allocated from its national IDA.  Hence, having successfully implemented Phase I of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP) in 2016, the Government of Liberia in early 2018 allocated US$7 million from its national IDA, following consultations with the World Bank, for the fisheries sector towards a second phase of the WARFP. This is expected to trigger additional US$14 million from the regional IDA, amounting to a total funding package of US$21 million for the fisheries sector when approval by the World Bank is granted.

NaFAA is fully aware of the administrative and structural changes currently ongoing at the Bank and the temporary pause on all new project activities, and is hopeful that at the end of this critical period due consideration will be given by the Bank to support priority interventions by NaFAA for sustainable development of the fisheries sector.  These will include the construction of a state-of-the-art fishing and processing facilities and the establishment of landing jetties in targeted coastal communities across the country.

Meanwhile, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority takes pride in the commendations emanating from the World Bank’s Directors for what it has achieved over the period, and remains committed to the sustainable management of Liberia’s fisheries resources towards the overall achievement of the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.

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