MoPED Facilitates the Signing of Service Level Agreement between MAF and NGOs
MAF Conference Hall, Youyi Building, Freetown, Wednesday 16th 2020—– The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has, today, joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in launching and signing of Service Level Agreements (SLA) between the MAF and NGOs (Local and International).
The symbolic signing ceremony, which comprises 35 Agricultural and related projects, implemented by 20 NGOs was geared towards ensuring that the NGOs provide a defined set of services within the Agriculture and Forestry sector.
In his address, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kai-Kai while thanking the MAF and his Team, recognized the invaluable role NGOs play in meeting the aspiration of Government; noting that NGOs were considered as critical actors in the actualization of the Medium Term National Development (MTNDP 2019-2023).
“When NGOs align their plans with the MTNDP, it will be very easy to promote effective service delivery and discourage duplication of function. The President Bio-Led administration will ensure that NGOs work within the specifications set by the line Ministries to ensure at least 70 percent of the funds for a particular project is used for direct implementation, as this will also promote President Bio’s call for an accelerated service delivery next year”, he said.
Dr. Kai-Kai implored NGOs to continue the good work, encouraging them to always attend the District Development Coordination Committee (DDCC) meetings that the Ministry of Planning was currently setting up, in the districts with the pilot phases commencing in Pujehun, Karene, Bonthe and Falaba this week.
The Acting Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Abubakarr Karim, in his keynote, thanked the MoPED for championing the process of delivering the SLA’s; stressing the need for a singular vision in addressing the several challenges within the Agriculture and Forestry sector. He emphasized on accountability and transparency to the citizens in the delivery of targets and plans.
Dr. Karim noted the importance of collaborating with NGOs in strengthening systems and providing efficient data analytics for effective service delivery; stressing on the Ministry’s commitment to providing an enabling environment for NGOs to operate and contribute to the development of the Agriculture sector in a free, responsive, transparent and accountable manner.
Delivering the vote of thanks, an NGO Representative, while thanking everyone for their commitment to making the event happen, described the signing as an important moment in promoting service delivery in the Agriculture sector; noting that NGOs would continue to work in the interest of developing the various sectors within the governance structure of the country.