USAID Boosts New Direction Policy

 

In a bid to strengthen the Government’s New Direction policy that will directly impact several priority areas especially on health and governance, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has introduced a new initiative called the “Road to Self-Reliance” which is a strategy to end the need for foreign assistance and be dependent on national development goals.

The disclosure was made by the USAID Country Representative, Miriam Lutz during her courtesy call on the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang, to discuss USAID role in taking the New Direction forward. Madam Miriam Lutz further explained that African countries will be able to lead their own development trajectory and overcome challenges encountered in the implementation process.

She disclosed that the budget allocation for 2018-2019 has been increased to US$21.4 million for Sierra Leone to fund mainly the government in other high impact areas.

Madam Miriam Lutz reminded the Deputy Minister that the development agreement between the Sierra Leone Government and USAID will expire in December 2018 and therefore called for a joint review to incorporate emerging areas for the New Direction Agenda.

Welcoming the Country Representative of USAID to her Ministry in particular and Sierra Leone in general, Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang acknowledged the good work of USAID in Sierra Leone which, she said, spans several decades. She extended thanks and appreciation to the government and people of the United State of America.

The Deputy Minister further expressed appreciation of the “journey to self-reliance” strategy designed by USAID to help African countries monitor their position on the achievement of the 17 development goals. She assured that Sierra Leone will use it as an effective development tool kit as it pursues President Julius Maada Bio’s New Direction flagship project.

Present at the meeting were the Deputy Director General, Al-Hassan Kondeh, Director Americas and South Pacific, Madam Rakie Macarthy, Democracy and Governance Specialist of USAID Sierra Leone, John Magbity, Director of Protocol and other senior Administrative Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.