Public Works to Benefit from Capacity Building Trainings

By: Matthew H. Turry

MONROVIA– After the first successful hosting of capacity development exercise through a synergy with the Global University of Science and Technology, Global Quality Council and Green Economy, the Ministry of Public Works stands to benefit from more initiatives aimed at repositioning its activities for maximum productivity in the area of infrastructure development and human capital development.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with this paper on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, the President of the Global University of Science and Technology (GUST) Prof. Dr. Mohamed Gamal. Kafafy, who was recently in Liberia to conduct a high level project management training for technicians and engineers from the Ministry of Public Works, some line Ministries and other private staff of some private engineering companies  said there is need to equip thousands of managers, engineers and technicians to fulfill the requirements of economic development.  According to Prof. Kafafy , there are a lot of development opportunities in the engineering sector for local and exporting markets especially in Construction, Renewable Energy, Agro-industries and generation of value added for natural resources.

“I am planning to revisit your esteemed country for providing more capacity building programs for the Ministry of Public Works and other Government Organizations, believing that skilled human resource is the foundation of prosperous Liberia. Furthermore, I am thinking seriously about opening a Branch of the Global University of Science & Technology (GUST) in Liberia, for producing graduates that match the requirements of different national & international industrial needs,” he explained. He added that Liberia is a nice country, has a potential comparative advantage in agriculture, renewable energy generation, and agro-industry and ecotourism industry.

The renowned academic asserted that the Global University of Science & Technology (GUST), World Green Economy Council (WGECO) and Global Quality Council (GQCO) have a global network for good communication with governments, public and private sectors around the world. He added that after communications with the Public Works Minister, Madam Ruth Coker Collins   kindly responded to cooperate for developing skills of the Ministry project managers, engineers and stakeholders of organizations in Liberia.

When asked what could he recommend for Liberia’s rapid development, he said the country should embrace green economy which include but not limited to  Green Education, the country need  Green Energy, Green Transportation, Green Construction, Green Supply Chain and Green Industries to improve GDP, productivity, health, unemployment and life in Liberia

The Global University of Science and Technology (GUST) is a global federation of more than 30 affiliated institutions worldwide which operate in many nations in Africa, Europe, Asia and America such as: Nigeria, Rwanda, Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, UAE, KSA, Turkey, USA, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany among others.

It can be recalled that the Global University of Science & Technology (GUST), World Green Economy Council (WGECO) and Global Quality Council (GQCO) conducted a five-day training in Global Project and Contract Management Program (GPM) under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Works. Over 25 participants benefited from five institutions comprising the Ministry of Public Works, Association of Liberian Construction Contractions, Engineering Society of Liberia, Society of Women Engineers of Liberia, as well as the Liberia Institute of Architects. 

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