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Only blind man cannot see Liberia’s progress

The Government of Liberia is boasting of making significant progress in its post Ebola recovery plan.

Speaking Wednesday, November 18, 2015, on the Bomber show on state radio ELBC, Liberia Finance and Economic Planning Minister Amara Konneh told the nation that only a blind man will not see the level of progress being made by this government especially after the deadly Ebola virus.

He cautions Liberians not to expect everything to come to fulfillment, but insists that plans are under way to address most of the challenges including the completion of major roads in the country among others projects.

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The Liberia Finance and Development Planning Minister says the rebuilding of Liberia remains a major concern for the Government, while maintaining that the government is committed to ensuring that sectors affected within the economy will be addressed in totality.

Minister Konneh pointed out that the improvements of Liberia’s financial sector with require capacity development within the governmental cycle, something he said is one of government’s major concern.

“Government major concern is to improve Liberia’s financial sector with require capacity development within the governmental cycle,” he stated. He noted that in the process of creating enabling environments, the training of qualified teachers as well as having the educational sector improve to international standard is part of the government’s agenda and it is prepared to support the rebuilding process.

On his position as Finance and Development Planning Minister of one of the world poorest countries, Konneh said it is not a job for to be taken likely. He said with a population of 4 million, per-capita income of US$410, and about 60 percent of the population below the poverty line, the position comes with a herculean task.

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He said more than half of the population is urban, including in densely populated areas around the capital city of Monrovia. About three-quarters of the labor force is engaged in informal activities, mainly agriculture, itinerant mining, and commerce.

According to him, despite its post-conflict fragility and poor social conditions, Liberia had been growing steadily prior to the Ebola outbreak under a regime of stable economic management, with efforts to improve public sector governance, and expansion of the extractive industries.

Commenting on UNMIL planned drawdown, the MFDP Boss noted that UNMIL drawdown is a must, and this government is again committed to doing her best in making sure various securities agencies take over. He says even the 25 million dollars that was put in the national budget for security agencies cannot do it all, because their training, recruitment will require more than that.

By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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