RDF's work in Liberia
There are two interlinked projects in Liberia that are funded by the German Cooperation agency GIZ.
Mineral Rights Administration Support Project
In partnership with the GIZ Regional Resource Governance programme and the Government of Australia, RDF has support to the Liberian government since 2012, focussing on improvement in the management of mining licenses.
During the Ebola crisis in the region in 2014, a directive was made in the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy that only “essential staff” was to come to work daily. Despite this arrangement, Ministry staff continuously processed license applications in the system throughout the crisis.
Despite the Ebola outbreak, in 2014, Liberia recorded USD 4.3 million in revenues, which included recorded historical payments, and a total of 1,475 recorded active licenses.
Mining Revenue Integration Project
The Mining Revenue Integration project was launched in Q2 2015, with the aim of integrating the management of mining revenues across all government institutions in Liberia. The aim of the project is to help reconcile revenues invoiced from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and the newly established Liberia Revenue Authority and to help in ensuring better transparency as enshrined in Liberia’s commitments as part of its Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
In June 2015, the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) signed an inter-governmental data sharing agreement, which will be the basis for RDF data integration support, aiming to improve compliance in the mining sector.
The agreement opens up for the government departments to share all information related to companies operating in the mining sector without the need to request permission from higher authority. As part of the data sharing initiative, RDF is implementing integration tools to allow a single view of all government revenue earned from each entity in the mining sector.
RDF has helped the government establish a Mining Revenue Task Force as a coordination body to oversee the implementation of the agreement. Collaborators include the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, the Ministry of Finance, and the Liberia Revenue Authority.
Government of Liberia Online Repository
Liberia Online Repository - all mining licenses available online
The Online Repository portal publish data directly from MCAS at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, and makes the entire mining license registry available online for investors and the public
Working with Government Institutions in Liberia
Enhance Revenues and Efficiency of Natural Resource Administration
Revenue Integration and Compliance
Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy
Liberia Revenue Authority
German Collaboration GIZ
Case Study on Reforming the Mining License Administration System in Liberia
Our partners at GIZ have written a case study on the implementation of MCAS in Liberia. This paper was published in Transformation, Politics and Implementation - Smart Implementation in Governance Projects and written by Astrid Karamira and Dr. Mark Mattner.