As we move towards the end of the Mt. Coffee construction project, scheduled for August of this year, we are poised to take the next step in bringing affordable electricity to more Liberians. Far too many Liberians are still cut off from the country’s power grid, so improvements to infrastructure that connect people to the power grid are underway as part of MCC’s Liberia Compact. This requires erecting towers, stringing transmission wires and building relay stations and customer service centers to shore up the expertise of personnel and create a firm footing for the future.
MCC’s compact with Liberia is not limited to electricity. It also focuses on national and regional road planning, since inadequate road infrastructure was found to be a significant constraint to economic growth in the country. MCC will match, up to $15 million, contributions provided by the Government of Liberia towards a road maintenance fund. Additionally, we are investing in a roads sector reform project that provides training and technical assistance for the Ministry of Public works and The Office of the National Road Fund to prioritize maintenance projects and effective institutional management of the country’s roads infrastructure.
We are proud to be a part of what Liberia has achieved with the Mt. Coffee hydropower plant and look forward to working with President Weah towards the successful completion of our compact. I am hopeful that Liberia’s progress will continue and that our efforts will usher in a new era of sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.