Liberia ‘Falls Flat on Implementation’

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The lack of implementation of beautifully crafted documents is at the crux of the country’s underdevelopment and Vice President Joseph Boakai hopes that this perennial disease would not affect the domestication and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Liberia.

The VP said the recurrent problem leaves important documents to collect dust on shelves in various offices of government and this failure to accomplish must be stopped if the country is to assume its potentials.

“As I have always alerted, it is indeed a complex and challenging undertaking to weave, design, fashion, and plot strategies and methods in the theoretical sphere. The greater challenge however lies in applying those strategies to practical situations to derive anticipated outcomes,” VP Boakai explained.

He spoke at the close of a two-day conference on the domestication of the Agenda 2030.

The conference, which was held at the Monrovia City Hall where President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf officially launched the SDG, sought to solicit inputs on the drafting of a nationalized implementation strategy that would see the SDGs successfully implemented.

“We have had very little difficulty in showing our prowess in the construction of nice sounding and superbly looking theories, heralded by mind-catching slogans. But then, sadly, we fall flat in the sphere of implementation as we give in to distraction, neglect, and dwindling of commitment,” he lamented.

“With the endorsement of the agenda, we can now lean heavily on our professionals, practitioners, experts and specialists to get to work and integrate this plan into all aspects of our national development.”

He said it was the experts’ onerous task of formulating workable and efficient measures by which the implementation of SDGs delivers the desired ends in Liberia.

“As stakeholders, we must be reminded that the government and people of this country are banking heavily on our tact, diligence, tenacity and foresight to render this undertaking a big success. It was such a deep interest of this administration in lifting Liberians to loftier heights that President Sirleaf was herself on hand to formally launch the plan,” he said.

He reechoed government’s commitment to the process. “I want to point out that this administration is hugely committed to pursuing this global development goal. You can count on President Sirleaf’s support and guidance every step of the way,” he added.

VP Boakai lauded the organizers for the great effort they invested in illuminating Liberia’s path to prosperity for the next several years.

“We embark today on transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is a roadmap that protrudes from the MDGs. Let’s bear in mind that transforming the world begins with us, for charity begins at home,” he noted.

“If we are to build a new nation on a transformed agenda of patriotism and development, then we must keep our eyes on the ball – Liberia. We must always think Liberia. In the end, it is only Liberians that can truly and unreservedly love Liberia,” VP Boakai declared.

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