Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program (HMLP) in the United States has invited Samuel D. Tweah, Fiance and Development Planning Minister, to contribute to a special Harvard Ministerial Round-table on Human Development Policy Innovation in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The forum, which will be held from November 25-27, 2018, will convene a select group of about 15 serving finance, economic planning, education, health and youth ministers, together with a similar number of outstanding young African leaders.
In a communication to Minister Tweah, HMLP said the aim of the three-day conference is to combine far-thinking political leaders with smart young Africans, leading the way for their generation to develop substantive ideas for innovation in human development policy and fresh approaches to the major challenges impeding prospects for a demographic dividend.
“As a distinguished alumnus of the HMLP to contribute to a special Harvard Ministerial Round-table on Human Development Policy Innovation in Johannesburg, South Africa,” the communication said.
According to HMLP, they are impressed by Minister Tweah’s fiscal challenge, administrative policies, structural reforms, the way in which he diversifies the economy in strengthening the private sector as the ultimate engine of productivity and job creation less than seven months in his new administration.
Tweah is also recognized by the alumnus of HMLP for “his high leadership spirit and ambitions to change the narrative of the Pro-poor agenda for development and prosperity in Liberia, a pace-setter and role-model worthy of emulation to other growing African economies.”
The selection clearly justified that Minister Tweah is making “tremendous effort in revamping Liberia’s economy in order to bring it on par with other potential nations through the Pro-poor agenda for development and prosperity.”
The aim of Minister Tweah to chair the round-table discussion, according to the communication, is to combine far thinking political leaderships with smart young Africans, leading the way for their generation to develop substantive ideas for innovation in human development policy and fresh approaches to major challenges impeding prospects for demographic dividend.
The key objective is to inform and inspire opportunities and implement the scaled-up innovative policy initiatives and investment, to better ensure appropriately educated, healthy and productive young people, advancing economic participation by women as well as developing more effective approaches to job creation and entrepreneurship.
At the round-table discussion, Minister Tweah is expected to produce a personal agenda of innovative policy options appropriate to tackling challenges specific to their situation and map how to implement those strategies.
At the close of the discussion, participating ministers will produce a set of policy briefs, providing options and recommendations for innovative, inter-sectorial human development policies applicable to different African contexts.
Minister Tweah is committed to ensuring that the financial sector of Liberia undergoes consistent reforms, which will help to safeguard the nation’s resources. Moreover, he is also poised to see Liberia become a middle income country.
The HMLP is a joint initiative of Harvard T.H Chan school of public Health, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.