President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended supporters and donors to government-inspired President's Young Professionals Program (PYPP) initiated in 2007 to fill the void inherited in the civil service.
According to a dispatch, President Sirleaf was speaking in at the Loews Regency Hotel in New York at a gathering of the PYPP Advisory Board to explore and examine all sides of the transition phase of the program after five years of its successful existence.
During the PYPP'S initial phase, the Program mentored 77 young college graduates who were seconded to various Ministries and Agencies and have since performed outstandingly. President Sirleaf praised Betsy Williams for her inspiration in working towards translating the PYPP into a viable national professional entity.
Earlier, Ms. Williams briefed the Advisory Board on progress made and said the program had reached its transitioning point and stressed the need for sustainability that would enable the program continue in a more robust and progressive manner.
Ms. Williams indicated that private partnership was essential to the transition process, which as a unique success story, will help to foster the Agenda for Transformation through the building of a credible civil service.
Moderating an interactive session, former U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas Greenfield, noted that the PYPP is a manifestation of President Sirleaf's vision aimed at breeding a cadre of young and enterprising professionals who would become proficient and dedicated civil servants.
The Advisory Board welcomed the suggestion that underpins the decentralization of the Program with a view to assisting the country's administrators in the area of critical data collection to aid the development process.
Meanwhile, key sponsors have called for the conceptualization of a new pragmatic and increasingly broader perspective that will ensure the unhindered continuation of the program amid a fine-turned governance structure backed the actualization of feasible strategies - thrust on regional incorporation dimensions.
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