The President of Liberia Dr. George Manneh Weah has informed the citizens that the country will not develop in the absence of good and quality infrastructure.
Speaking at the launch of his government‘s Pro Poor Agenda For Prosperity And Development in Ganta City on October 27, 2018, he said, “we cannot develop Liberia without good quality infrastructure and a skillful labor force.”
He said his government will invest in high quality infrastructures including roads, affordable energy, air and sea ports, and telecommunications/information technology, housing, water and sanitation in next five years, beginning July 2018 to June 2023.
“More importantly,” he said, “we will invest in our people, particularly into their education, health and in ending widespread vulnerability.”
The president, who asked for the citizens’ support as well as bilateral partners and private investors’ supports in the implementation of the PAPD, said within the period of five years the government will develop the country, unite and reconcile the people, educate them and develop the youth and promote peace and human rights.
“We want to build a harmonious society based on the goal of economic empowerment, especially for the underprivileged,” he lamented.
“Our Pro Poor Agenda is therefore designed to give power to the people, promote economic diversification, protect sustainable peace and encourage good governance,” he said.
The launch of the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development began with a grand parade on the main street of Ganta to the Methodist Gymnasium, where the indoor program was held.
The occasion was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, development partners the USAID, ECOWAS, the African Union, European Union, Africa Development Bank and among others.
Upon receiving the copy of the PAPD from Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweah, President Weah displayed the document, saying, “I, therefore take this opportunity to present the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development as our national plan from July 2018 to June 2023.”
He explained that the PAPD is a framework for inclusion, more equitable distribution of our national wealth, and rights-based approach to national development.
“It is the second in the series of plans leading towards the goals of vision 2030 and it is also aligned our national plans with African Union Agenda 2063 and the global sustainable development goal/SDGS,” he said.
The PAPD has in it four pillars, including: 1) Power to the people, with the goal to empower Liberian with the tools to gain control of their lives; reaching the furthest first and leaving no one behind; 2) Economy and jobs, with a goal to stable macroeconomic environment enabling private sector –led economic growth, greater competitiveness and diversification of the economic; 3) Sustaining the peace, with a goal to promote a more peaceful and united society that enables economic transformation and sustainable development; and 4) Governance and transparency, with a goal to form an inclusive and accountable public sector for shared prosperity and sustainable development.
However, the development partners have vowed or affirmed their commitment to working the government achieving PAPD.
“I am pleased to participate today in the launch of Liberia PAPD and the United States Mission in Liberia appreciates greatly the work that has gone into creating this agenda, having seen its genesis and watched its progress over many months,” said Sara Walter of USAID.
Earlier, Minister Tweah said under the PAPD, about 1million Liberians will be brought out of poverty and at the same time about 800 kilometers of our roads will be paved.