The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) conducts a one-day assessment validation workshop for various stakeholders in the country.Officials of the ministry say the exercise aims to generate views from participants in order to launch final reports that will work in line with the government’s developmental plans.
Addressing participants from various line ministries, agencies, and commissions in the Paynesville City Hall, Paynesville City, Assistant Finance Minister for Development Planning, Benedict Kolubah says the focus is to review past assessment and make meaningful recommendations that would lead to launch of the final report.
“Today, we all gather here for this important meeting that fields into our national development plan; the issue of state fragility has become a national concern for the G-7 nations”. The Assistant Minister notes.
He says programs have been developed over the years to assess state capacity or fragility of the state, or to look at issue that underpins national development when they are not addressed.
Kolubah notes in every national development planning process, “if you ignore the issue that underpins national development, you can do all of the roads, and schools if the issues of state building are not addressed or incorporated into national development plans, such plans will fail.”
He says it is against such backdrop the Ministry hired a consultant in line with various ministries access to safe capacity or the fragility of the state, noting that pillar three of the national development plan that talks about peace, and security, one of the outcomes is to end fragility.
“We want our country to move from that fragile state, so the pro-poor agenda is concern about those indicators, and those elements that continue to make Liberia a fragile state.”He says the report done by the consultant will help how to end fragility in Liberia, because the country must move from said state to a safer state, as President George Weah has recommitted to ending anything that will undermine the state.
By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne