USAID Launches ICT Support Project

first_imgUSAID Chief of Party, Enchia (left), and Amb. Elder (right) at the launch of the projectThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the “Digital Liberia and e-Government Project in Liberia,” an information communication technology (ICT) program.The project was launched on March 22 at a resort in Monrovia, and was witnessed by an array of government officials including Post and Telecommunication Minister Fredrick Norkeh, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, Health Minister Bernice Dahn and USAID representatives.USAID Chief of Party for Digital Liberia, Victoria Cooper-Enchia, said the project aimed at improving government’s performance and bringing it closer to citizens by assisting it to develop Internet and computer technology.“Our objective is to progress Liberia towards creating a sound national ICT platform for now and for future generations.  This will help the country to tell its story and engage with the world. It will enhance health, education, agriculture and economic growth and private sector development,” Enchia said.Unlike other countries where technology has advanced and most public transactions are done through the Internet, Liberia still lags behind with financial transactions in public places handled by individuals, which enhances corruption.According to USAID, the project will improve the GoL’s connectivity and institutional capacity that is necessary to provide effective services, progressing Liberia towards the creation of a sound national ICT platform now, and for future generations.US Ambassador Christine Elder said the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project will build on the momentum started before the outbreak of Ebola in 2014.“It will strengthen Liberia’s ICT capacity and improve connectivity to better prepare the country to prevent, detect and respond to future crises,” Amb. Elder said.She said that the project lends support to several government institutions to improve decision making and management.The support, according to Elder, will identify priority sustainable government digital initiatives and help them to take advantage of technologies to digitize institutional systems and processes.Although the project is implemented in Monrovia for now, Amb. Elder disclosed that USAID recognizes the need for nationwide connectivity and has initiated support in other areas that complement the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project.Dr. Norkeh said the project is a step forward in the enhancement of communications across government and service delivery to the Liberian people.He said the project will help reduce the cost and time of communications across government that normally takes considerable amount of production time, payments of salaries, LEC bills, tax payments and payment of school fees using ICT.Online education and research in important fields of study such as medicine, disease control, and security are also among benefits of ICT that Minister Norkeh named.He said having existed many years as a nation, it is time that Liberians wake up to learn from other countries like Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda where effective use of ICT is improving the lives of the citizenry through the accelerated provision of essential services for livelihood.“The full realization of these efforts requires a considerable commitment from government, our development partners such as USAID and private investors,” Dr. Norkeh said.He said the project seeks to link institutions through digital communications and improve Liberia’s connectivity with the world, and build capacity to utilize the ICT and Internet technologies to improve performances of government officials for the effective, efficient and transparent delivery of services.Minister Samukai, who proxied for Vice President Joseph Boakai, recalled that rudimentary communication services have been in Liberia for a long time, and that the launch of the project is quite a rewarding venture.He urged drivers of the project “not to allow it sit on the desk,” but to make the needed impact in two to three years.Dr. Clarence Moniba, Head of President’s Delivery Unit, acknowledged the role government has played in creating a safe environment for the enhancement of development and noted that the launch of the ICT project is one such benefits of good governance.He, too, lauded USAID for initiating the project and said government is in full support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Citi taps insiders to take the reins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut Pandit’s career on Wall Street has been mostly behind-the-scenes, and neither Pandit nor Bischoff have significant experience with the consumer side of banking. After spending five weeks waiting for Citi to name a new captain and watching the similarly embattled Merrill Lynch & Co. nab the famous turnaround specialist John Thain, investors remain worried that Citi has problems that are unmanageable. “The biggest question mark is why, for neither one of those jobs, did you not get anyone from the outside?” said Anton Schutz, president of the investment advisory firm Mendon Capital Advisors, which has 210,000 shares of Citi in its funds. “They’re already on a ship that has leaks in it. Maybe no one wanted to come on board.” Bischoff, 66, had been Citi’s acting CEO and replaced Robert E. Rubin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – In naming two insiders as CEO and chairman after a five-week search, Citigroup Inc. proved to a skeptical Wall Street that it was unable – or unwilling – to snag a financial superstar with a bold new vision from outside the troubled banks’ walls. The new CEO, Vikram Pandit, earned his investment banking chops at the brokerage Morgan Stanley, and Citi nabbed him earlier this year when they bought his hedge fund for $800 million. And the new chairman, Win Bischoff, became the head of Citi’s European operations after several years as chairman of the British investment bank Schroders PLC. To be sure, the two men have compelling investment banking credentials – certainly more so than their law school-trained predecessor, Charles Prince – which could help them face the fact that Citigroup must unsnarl itself from up to $17.5 billion in write-downs of soured mortgages this year. last_img read more