President George Manneh Weah will on Saturday, 27 October launch the national development plan of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).A press release from the Ministry of Finance says the launching is expected in Ganta, Nimba County after a series of reviews and a national validation of the PAPD.
It adds that the validation process was led by government through the Ministry of Finance with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The launching of the PAPD will be held at the United Methodist Hall in Ganta, Nimba County under the Theme: Unveiling of an Integrated Five Years Medium- term National Development PlanTowards Accelerated, Inclusive and Sustainable Development.According to the Ministry, the PAPD is the current five years Medium-term National Development Plan of the Government of Liberia.
The PAPD is the second in the series of five years’ national development plans that seek to raise Liberians out of poverty and reduce the vast inequality and disparity gap.
According to the release, the objectives of the PAPD are: to build more capable and trusted state institutions that will lead to a stable, resilient and inclusive nation embracing its triple heritage and anchor on its African identity.
The objectives include: to provide greater income security to an additional one million Liberians, 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, in infrastructure, in human resource development, and in social protection.
The release says during the six years period, the concepts of the PAPD are: Placing the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of all development interventions, doing development in ways that will lift the poor and vulnerable out of poverty without severely affecting the wealthy.
The concept also include: reducing waste in government and repurposing the savings to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable.The Five Years Medium-term National Development Plan outlines the four pillars.Pillar 1 talks about giving Power to the People by 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.
Pillar 2 talks about the Economy and Jobs, focusing on a stable micro-economic environment enabling private sector-led economic growth, greater competitiveness and diversification of the economy.Pillar 3 talks about Sustaining the Peace by promoting a more peaceful and united society that enables economic transformation and sustainable development.
Pillar 4 talks about Governance and Transparency by promoting an inclusive and accountable public sector for shared prosperity and sustainable development.The National Launch of the PAPD will bring together Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, the Legislatures, the Judiciary, Ministries, Agencies and Commissions of Government, County Superintendents, the Press, and other citizens of Liberia.–Press release