Overview of IIU

Infrastructure Implementation Unit (IIU)
Ministry of Public Works, Liberia

1. The implementation of World Bank funded infrastructure projects has been through the Special Implementation Unit (SIU), formed in 2006, in the Ministry of Public Works (MPW). The SIU included several national and foreign specialists, and since March 2009 has been transformed into the Infrastructure Implementation Unit (IIU) (also in the MPW), primarily because of the increase in the size of the infrastructure investment portfolio. The IIU will implement most of Liberia’s donor and locally funded infrastructure projects.

2. By end of 2010, the infrastructure portfolio to be managed may total about US$300 million – ten times SIU’s original mandate. Therefore, to manage implementation of all of these projects – financed by the LRTF, new projects from the Development Partners, and their existing portfolio – the Government’s implementation capacity will have to increase significantly.

3. As the first step, the Government has commenced staffing of the IIU by appointing the Program Director in September 2009 to lead the IIU and is in the process of appointing other experienced Specialists; including Deputy Program Director, plus Heads of Engineering, Administration and Finance, Information and Internal Monitoring and Legal Advisor to support the Program Director.

4. The IIU, when fully operational, will be an autonomous/stand-alone and performance oriented unit within the Ministry of Public Works. The IIU will be entrusted with the planning, scheduling, design, monitoring, supervision and initiation of various infrastructure projects in general and surface transport, water, energy and agriculture projects, in particular. Under a draft Framework document for IIU’s establishment, it will evolve in about 3 year time into an autonomous, performance oriented Road Authority.

5. The primary objectives of the IIU are: Implementation of infrastructure projects in the following sub-sectors: transport, including airports, energy, agriculture, urban works, and water, by procurement, supervision, monitoring and other activities. Coordination, monitoring and strategic programming of road Network implementing activities, including those of construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance. Establishment of a small, efficient, highly professional, performance-oriented organisation that will form a suitable nucleus for and evolve into a road authority.