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Capacity development in the transport sector in Liberia
As a consequence of 14 years of civil war and a lack of mainte-nance and construction activities, Liberia’s transport infrastructure has been severely damaged, and only less than 10 per cent of the country’s roads are paved. The majority of the road net-work is therefore largely impassable, particularly during the rainy season. As a result, large portions of the country are inaccessible at times, which limits economic development. An improved transportation network could therefore also contribute to poverty reduction.
The Liberian Government has begun to award road construction contracts to the private sector. A Road Maintenance Fund was introduced, the establishment of a Road Agency is planned. The planning capacities within the public sector and the services provided by Liberian construction companies remain insufficient.