200 Chiefs To Get Insight on “Pro Poor” Agenda


About 200 chiefs will undergoing a three day training in the commercial of Ganta, Nimba County so as get insight on the CDC led Pro Poor Agenda.

According to a press release, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with support from the Carter Center will hold a three-day National Chiefs’ Conference intended to brief traditional leaders about Government’s development agenda.

The conference, which begins Monday, June 4, 2018 in Ganta, Nimba County, is held under the theme, “What is meant by the Pro-Poor Agenda; and What is Expected of the Traditional Chiefs and Elders of Liberia”.

The 200 participants attending the event include, senior traditional leaders from all 15 counties, members of the National Council of Chiefs, paramount chiefs, Clan chiefs, General town chiefs, Traditional women leaders and members Tribal Governors Council of Liberia among others.

The Ganta Conference will bring different government leaders to explain to traditional leaders Government’s development plans under the Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity, how it will impact rural communities and expected roles of traditional leaders.

The release quotes the Chairman of the organizing Committee, Mr. D. Emmanuel Wheinyue, as saying, “heads of Ministries, Agencies and Commissions will inform the participants on what their specific mandate areas are in relation to the Pro-Poor Agenda.”

According to Mr. Wheinyue, Internal Affairs Minister Honorable Varney A. Sirleaf’s decision to hold the conference is based on his observation which reveals a total misinterpretation of the Pro-poor Agenda in some quarters.

The Internal Affairs Minister will use the gathering to seek support from traditional leaders to actively support President George M. Weah and the pro-poor agenda.

The Ganta Conference is expected to be graced by development partners and some diplomatic missions.

The forum will witness presentation from the Ministers and heads of agencies including; Finance & Development Planning, Justice, Education, Health, Gender & Social Protection, and Information. Others are: Governance commission, Liberia Land Authority, Liberia Revenue Authority, Liberia National Police and Liberia Immigration Service.

Meanwhile Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf has called on the traditional leaders and chiefs to take the consultation seriously so as to get an appreciation of the Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity and adequately educate their people upon their return to their respective counties and communities.


  1. This is a great idea, because many Liberians are totally confused about the meaning of a “Pro Poor” Agenda, while others are intentionally doing everything to mislead the general population.


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