MOPED Engages North-West Region on Public Investment Policy

The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED) has on 24th January 2020, engaged key stakeholders together with representatives of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and development Partners to discuss the Zero Draft National Public Investment Management Policy (NPIMP) at the Port Loko District Council in PortLoko.

The consultation is aimed at reviewing the draft NPIMP, including streamlining the roles and responsibilities of key public investment actors, define the public investment cycle and design appraisal tools to guide and direct public investment decision making in Sierra Leone.

Participants at the ceremony

In his courtesy, The Deputy Development Secretary, MoPED, Umaru Conteh expressed his appreciation to participants for their participation; noting their efforts and commitments to ensuring Government addresses challenges that have over the years undermined efficiency in addressing the infrastructural challenges and gaps in the Public Investments sector.

Mr. Conteh stated that the National Public Investment Management Policy (NPIMP) when developed, intends to assist the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) in identifying, selecting, financing, implementing and evaluating public investments projects/programmes in all sectors.

Addressing participants, The Director of Public Investment Management Department, MoPED, Alpha Bangura reiterated the significance of the consultation process; emphasizing that the preliminary consultative process will set the stage for MDA’s to meaningfully contribute in developing a National Public Investment Policy that will reflect a national perspective on public investments across all sectors.

“In 2013, the Public Investment Management Unit (PIMU) was set up at MoFED to facilitate coordination, synergies, efficiency and effectiveness of public investment that will advance government priorities, ensure value for public money and promotes socio-economic development”, he said

Mr. Bangura noted that the process will further cultivate transparency and accountability, ensuring ownership of the document when developed. He stated that, the policy when developed will comply with the structural bench marks of development partners.

Welcoming discussants, the Paramount Chief, Mambolo Chiefdom, Kambia District, PC Bai Shebora Lion gracefully welcomed participants and assured them of their fullest support to the process.

Making his statement, Host Chairman, Port Loko District Council, Ibrahim S. Bangura expressed his appreciation to the process and noted that the NPIMP was timely and covered a range of policies and projects needed to increase economic growth and development opportunities. He recognized the efforts of government, noting some challenges within the region and requesting a new dimension in the implementation of projects in their localities.

In his presentation, the Consultant, Osman Kamara, who gave an overview of the zero draft policy, noted that the process will be participatory and include valuable inputs and contributions from all relevant stakeholders. Mr. Kamara said the policy intends to provide the enabling environment for improved public sector management and private sector participation in public investments to ensure increased opportunities for economic growth and development.

The developed Policy is expected to be a guide that interfaces with other government policies to ensure a robust and integrated system in the processing and delivering of public projects.