Liberia Adopts 5-yr Strategic Plan

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A two-day strategic meeting amongst national stakeholders ended over the weekend with the acceptance of a five-year strategic plan on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)–a framework of the African Union (AU).
The 5-year Strategic Plan (2015-2020) is primarily aimed to foster political stability, economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental integration in the country in consonance with the AU’s agenda.
The Strategic Plan was completed and adopted on Saturday, August 15, in the conference room of the National Authorizing Office in Monrovia, after four years since Liberia was formally accepted into the APRM.
Prior to the adoption, the Minister for Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, who is the chairman of the Committee of APRM Focal Point, appointed the National Secretariat, headed by Atty. Lawrence Randall.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, an immediate past chairperson of the African Peer Review Forum, appointed the members of the National Governing Council (NGC) of the APRM Country Program.
The NGC comprises of stakeholders from various sectors of Liberian society, and provides policy and strategic direction for the rollout of the APRM County Program. They are appointed for a two-year term.
Those appointed included Ma Kebeh Monger (Rural Women Association), Stephen Johnson (Ministry of Finance and Development Planning), Lafayette Gould (Political Parties), and Emmanuel David (General Auditing Commission).
Others are Dee Maxwell Kemanyah (Liberia Business Association), Malcolm Joseph (Center for Media Studies and Peace Building) Janjay Jacobs (Traditional Council), Kadiker Rex Dahn (National Commission on Higher Education) and Rev. Fallah S. Boimah Cymbianoh (National Union of Organizations of the Disabled).
Speaking on behalf of the National Governing Council, the newly elected Chairman, Dee Maxwell Kemanyah thanked President Sirleaf for their appointment and said the APRM was initiated and established in 2003, and Liberia formally acceded to the APRM in January 2011.
Mr. Kemanyah said at the continental level, Liberia has played a prominent role in the APRM process amongst which she became the chairperson of the African Peer Review Forum, a committee of Heads of States and Governments.
“Our vision is for Liberia to become a responsible and accountable member of the APRM where political stability, economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration are upheld by its citizens,” Mr. Kemanyah said.
For his part, Atty. Randall said he would work with all stakeholders, including local and traditional authorities, the development donor partners, civil society and APRM member countries and structures to ensure the realization of Liberia’s vision in the APRM program.
He said the APRM program would be domesticated for five years and would amongst other initiatives provide collaborative support, facilitation to state efforts and initiatives in the area of democracy, political, corporate, socio-economic governance and development.
Mr. Paul James-Allen is the consultant of the Liberia APRM Program. Validation of the 5-year Strategic Plan would be done on Monday, the 31st of August, to be used as a legal action plan.
The forum brought together the Liberia APRM Strategic National Secretariat, National Governance Council and civil society leaders, government officials and religious groups.

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