VP, US Ambassador Visit MCCU

 

By Ayodele Deen Cole

 The Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh and the Ambassador of the United States of America to Sierra Leone, Maria Brewer have on Monday, 3rd December, 2018 made a joint visit to the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU) where they held a fruitful discussion with staff of the Unit on the progress of the Sierra Leone Threshold Programme.  The MCCU team led by the Chief Executive Officer, Ndeye Koroma was exited to receive the Vice President and the US Ambassador who have shown strong commitment to ensuring the successful implementation of the Sierra Leone Threshold Programme and more importantly, to see that Sierra Leone qualifies for the MCC compact.

After a brief update by the MCCU team on the implementation status of the Sierra Leone Threshold Programme which covers achievements, challenges and opportunities, the Vice President and the Ambassador were extremely delighted and applauded the team for the good work.

In her address, the US Ambassador said she has been keeping close eyes on the MCC project and she is happy that the programme is on track. She congratulated the team for showing resilience and hard work despite the challenging environment in which they operate. She said Sierra Leone came very close to qualifying for the MCC Compact grant in this year’s scorecard, but with the efforts that are being made and especially with the strategies that have been put in place by the Vice President, she is hopeful that Sierra Leone will qualify for the MCC compact grant in 2019. She encouraged the team to stay focused and keep the momentum. The Vice President who is also Chairman of the MCCU Board expressed satisfaction at the performance of the team especially with the support that is being provided to both the Water and Energy sectors. This, he said, is geared towards ensuring the provision of a more sustainable water and electricity services to the people. The Vice President assured the team of his total support to ensure that Sierra Leone successfully implement the Threshold Programme and also work towards becoming compact eligible. He said qualifying for the MCC grant is not just about the money, but it goes further to send a strong message to the outside world that Sierra Leone is a serious country that is disciplined, transparent and ready for business. He furthered that the government is changing the narrative of the country for the better as he alluded to the popular slogan of the ‘New Direction’ by saying: “PAOPA Sierra Leone must qualify for the MCC Compact grant in 2019”