€376 EDF Project To End 2020

 

By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Director of National Authorizing Office (NAO), Amy Myers has in a press briefing organized at their Tower Hill office in Freetown on Friday 10th May, 2019 told journalists that the 14th European Development Fund’s (EDF) €376 million project that commenced in Sierra Leone in 2014 will end by 2020.

In her presentation, the NAO Director disclosed that the purpose of the press briefing was to explain the important role of the NAO in supporting the National Authorizing Officer whose position, she said, is a creation of the cooperation agreement between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP).

Amy Myers noted that the EU is on its 11th EDF for the period 2014-2020, noting that the allocation of the 11th EDF funding in Sierra Leone was laid out in the 11th EDF National Indicative Programme (NIP) that was signed in June 2014, and usually lasting for five or more years.

She maintained that each EDF lays out European Union Assistance to both individual countries and regions as a whole, adding that the National Indicative Programme is the decision making process through which the EU and its partner countries define development assistance objectives, strategies, priorities and funding allocations for programmable funds.

Amy Myers also noted that the 11th EDF envelop is subdivided into three focal areas which and Governance and Civil Society (Focal Sector one), Educational (Focal 2) and Agriculture and Food Security (Focal 3), including also specific transport intervention and cross cutting support measures.

She furthered that governance is a key sector for EU cooperation with Sierra Leone and therefore has three ongoing programmes.

On Education, the Director said a multi-annual EU programme supporting the education sector in Sierra Leone aims to improve access to high quality learning in line with government’s education strategy and in partnership with the MBSSE, Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and decentralized authorities and Teachers’ Training Colleges in selected districts.

Amy Myers concluded that in addition to the national programmes, the NAO also oversees programmes under the West Africa Regional Indicative Programme.