Authorities of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) yesterday concluded a one-day consultative forum with stakeholders drawn from diverse sectors of the country’s economy that discussed means to achieve government’s “Pro-poor” Agenda.
The forum, held at the Paynesville City Hall, brought together members of the disabled and business communities, academia, civil society and representatives of youth organizations.
MFDP’s Assistant Director for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Raymond B. Ziama, said the meeting was aimed at getting everyone involved in the country’s development process.
“This meeting is about sharing ideas and taking ownership of our development plans,” Ziama said.
According to him, the “Pro-poor” agenda is not different from the previous development agenda the previous government crafted under the theme, “Agenda for Transformation (AfT),” but a follow-up as a medium-term agenda for Vision 2030 that was adopted in 2012.
“The setting up of the Pro-poor Agenda is not to do away with any other development agendas, but a second medium-term agenda that will move us to achieve Vision 2030,” Ziama added.
Benedict Kolubah, MFDP Assistant Minister for Regional and Sectoral Planning, said the “Pro-poor” Agenda is an inclusive development initiative that carries the views and aspirations of ordinary Liberians.
Because the agenda is about inclusive development, Kolubah said it was therefore important to bring stakeholders from different sectors of society together to brainstorm on issues concerning the development of the country. The workshop, he said is decentralized to include the locals.
Meanwhile, the Pro-oor Agenda is built on four pillars, which are: power to the people; economic growth, peace and security; and decentralization.