MONROVIA – The Independent Information Commission (IIC) has validated “Liberia Access to Information Records Management Guidelines”. The validation exercise was carried out at a local resort in Congo Town on Tuesday.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop, the Commissioner of the IIC, Cllr. Mark Bedor-Wla Freeman thanked UNESCO for its support in drafting the guidelines and bringing stakeholders together. He also commended the participants for their interest in making the freedom of information regime a success in Liberia.
Also speaking on this occasion, Mr. Stevenson Seidi from the UNESCO office in Liberia expressed his organization’s willingness to assist Liberia in its access to information efforts. He called on the government of Liberia to increase its support for the Information Commission, stressing that “openness in government is a vital tool for democracy”. He said records management is very important for the preservation of history and other records.
In his remarks, the Executive Director of the IIC, Mr. Emmanuel D. Howe, commended the Government of Liberia for its support of the Commission and said that more needs to be done to ensure that citizens use the Freedom Act of information. He commended UNESCO for supporting the government’s efforts for Liberia to develop and validate its access to information on record keeping and management.
Validated record keeping guidelines were written by Atty. Vaani Faati Kiawu with the support of UNESCO within the framework of public access to information as contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 16.10.2.
The workshop brought together stakeholders from government, civil society and development partners.