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A four-day Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development Indicators and Data Collection Tools validation workshop climaxed in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, with various governmental institutions taking part.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), the validation workshop was organized by the Department of Budget and Development Planning with support from the United Nations International Children’s Education Funds (UNICEF).

The four-day event held in Buchannan brought together stakeholders including spending entities from ministries and agencies, directors and senior staffs of MFDP who discussed on how to enhance reporting on SDGs and the Agenda 2063.

The press release reveals that the validation process was held under the Theme: Strengthening data collection platform for PAPD monitoring and evaluation to enhance reporting on SDGs and the Agenda 2063 Implementation Readiness, Monitoring and Evaluation Strengthening that is in line with the ‘manual’ and will serve as a guide to convene working, pending entities intern of project reporting actors within the Ministry.

The event witnessed day 1 and 2 focussing on reviewing and updating of various working tools and template developed by the Department of Budget and Development Planning to be used during the five years implementation period of PAPD.
Days three and four were about working session which led to the validation of the proposed national key indicators of the PAPD.

Making remarks at the ceremony, the Assistant Minister for Development Planning, Benedict Kolubah said the workshop will help improve the planning, implementation and monitoring processes of the national development plan, while at the same time reducing government, NGO and development partners’ tax processing time.

The PAPD is being rolled-out by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. Its national development plan was launched in October 2018, thus seeking to create better living conditions for Liberians.

The release quotes the Assistant Minister as saying the vision of the president is being led under the leadership of Minister Samuel. Tweah, who is mandated by the president to focus on the indicators of the national development plan of the PAPD; a development plan aligned with the SDGs and the agenda 2063.

The Assistant Minister believes that at the end of the validation, tools that are used to collect data at various ministries and agencies will align with the agenda of the PAPD over the next five years. Moreover, the data collection tools will clearly guide all relevant agencies on how information is gathered and used.—Press release

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