Liberia: Carter Center sign MOU on Access to Information
Posted by African Press International on January 27, 2011
Monrovia (Liberia)-The Government of Liberia and the U.S based Carter Center have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaboration and delineate partnership between them.
According to the agreement, the Carter Center, through its Access to Information Project, will establish a local field office in Liberia to provide assistance to the accessing of Information.
The Carter Center is also expected to work along with the government to identify series of pilot agencies to which activities relating to freedom of information will be focused.
According to the MOU, some of the activities that would enhance the partnership include training, offering of assistance and capacity building to relevant public officials and designated officers relating to its implementation.
Speaking at the signing ceremony Thursday, Carter Center Vice President Dr. John Streamlau said because we find ourselves in the globalization age, people must have access to information relative to what their government is doing.
He stressed the need for citizens to know what benefit the Freedom of Information Act will bring them.
Liberia’s information Minister Cletus Sieh said government is committed to the implementation of the Freedom of Information, saying this was the reason it was passed into law.
The Liberian legislature last year passed into law the Freedom of Information Act, making Liberia the only country in the sub-region to pass this act.
By Terence Sesay, january 21, 2011
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.