Weah to Launch 5-Yr National Pro-Poor Agenda in Nimba

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President George Weah: "We've also taken a number of steps to improve the education sector."

-Seeks to reduce absolute poverty by 23 percent across 5 out of 6 regions

President George M. Weah will on Saturday, October 27, officially launch the five-year national development plan of the Government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) in Ganta, Nimba County.

The launch is expected to bring together government officials, international partners, civil society organizations and County Superintendents, among others. The document will also seek to raise Liberians out of poverty and reduce the vast inequality and disparity gap under the CDC-led administration.

According to MFDP, the objective of the PAPD will allow the government to build more and trusted institutions that will lead to a stable, resilient and inclusive nation embracing its triple heritage and anchor on its African identity.

It will also provide greater income security to an additional one million people, and reduce absolute poverty by 23 percent across 5 out of 6 regions through sustained, and inclusive economic growth driven by scaled-up investments in agriculture, infrastructure, human resource development, and in social protection.

During the six-year period, the PAPD project will place the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of all development interventions that will lift impoverished Liberians out of poverty without severely affecting the wealthy, and reduce waste in government as well as repurposing the savings to improve the lives of ordinary people.

The development plan outlines four pillars, which includes Power to the People: Empowering Liberians with the tools to gain control of their lives thru more equitable provision of opportunities in education, health, youth development and social protection thereby leaving no one behind; Economy and Jobs: A stable microeconomic environment enabling private sector-led economic growth, greater competitiveness and diversification of the economy.

The others are sustaining the peace: promoting a more peaceful and united society that enables economic transformation and sustainable development and governance and transparency: promoting an inclusive and accountable public sector for shared prosperity and sustainable development.

The PAPD document which was crafted by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), will be held under the theme, “Unveiling of an Integrated Five Years Medium-Term National Development Plan towards Accelerated, Inclusive and Sustainable Development.”

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