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Institutional Strengthening
PILLAR I: INSTITUTIONAL REVITALIZATION AND RESTRUCTURING


Background

The capacities of the Secretariat and public sector in the Member States of the Union required further strengthening before the onset of civil conflicts. The conflicts unfortunately prevented the implementation of plans aimed at enhancing such capacity as well as rolled back whatever capacity was built at the Secretariat and in the member States of Guinea and Liberia.

The effective functioning of the Secretariat and the institutions and agencies of government of Member States accordingly suffer from lack of technical and skilled professionals, poor and unconducive working environment, lack of required logistical support and incentives to enhance productivity.

Objectives


1. Restore and enhance the capacity of the Secretariat to effectively carry out its assigned mandate.

2. Strengthen the MRU secretariat with requisite man-power for the implementation of the strategic action plan.

3. Review and propose a revised mandate for the Union and the secretariat consistent with new and emerging realities and challenges facing member countries.

Strategy and Programmes

To address the challenges and achieve the above objectives and overall aim of a revitalized and restructured institution, this pillar will focus on restoring physical, logistical, technical/human and administrative capacity of the Secretariat. Accordingly, Member States will restore the leadership through executive appointments; support will be secured to rehabilitate and equip the premises of the Secretariat so as to create conducive working environments; professionals/technocrats will be appointed and/or recruited through a competitive process; and required logistics provided to facilitate the implementation of activities.

An analysis of the strategic action plan will be undertaken to determine its consistency with the expanded MRU mandate relative to addressing the prevailing challenges facing the Mano River Union member countries.

A review and possibly studies will be carried out to determine the state and relevance of past and ongoing projects and programmes of the Union with a view to ensuring their relevance, vis-a-vis, in responding to current challenges facing the sub-region.

Finally, the Secretariat will effectively over see the implementation of two programmes aimed at building public sector capacity in policy formulation, analysis and management in support of the public sector reforms that are underway especially in Sierra Leone and Liberia which are most needed after the serious civil conflicts.
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