VP Jalloh Assures MCCU

 

 

By Ayodele Deen Cole

 

The Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh is reported to have assured staff of the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit of government’s commitment to making sure that Sierra Leone becomes Compact eligible by passing the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Scorecard.

The Vice President gave this assurance during a visit to the MCCU Office at Spur Road, Freetown where he was warmly received by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the MCCU, Madam Ndeye Fatu Koroma and team.

Addressing staff of MCCU, the Vice President said he was delighted at the work MCCU is doing with the implementation of the Sierra Leone Threshold Programme funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the United States of America. He said that the Government is dedicated to successfully implementing the current threshold programme and also securing a Compact, adding that now that his office is directly supervising the MCCU, there is a need to redefine the approach to improving performance on the scorecard by engaging stakeholders at MDA level that have not traditionally been part of the process like deputy Ministers to become data champions.
The Vice President also highlighted some key priorities of the new government spanning across various sectors like education, tourism, infrastructure as it relates to water and electricity supply and agriculture. The

Chief Executive Officer, MCCU, Ndeye Fatu Koroma thanked the Vice President for the visit and assured His Excellency, the Vice President that the Threshold Programme was well in line with the ‘New Direction’ agenda.

Furthermore, she relayed that the team is striving to become compact eligible this year and would take full advantage of the re-invigorated engagement on the scorecard that ensures multiple layers of accountability proposed by the Vice President.

The MCC Scorecard is made up of 20 indicators across three categories: Economic freedom; ruling justly; and investing in people. These indicators which are provided by third party assessors like the World Bank, Transparency International, International Monetary Fund, among others, are used to assess the level at which the political, social and economic conditions in a country support sustained economic growth that is  participatory.