President George Manneh Weah has launched his government’s five – year national development plan dubbed “Pro -Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development” (PAPD), with big promises to promote economic diversification and sustainable peace.
Launching the framework in Ganta, Nimba County, Saturday, 27 October nine months into his government, President Weah said the PAPD is designed to give power to the people, promote economic diversification, protect sustainable peace and encourage good governance.
The PAPD launching event broadcast live on state – radio ELBC from Nimba had assembled Mr. Weah’s cabinet, members of the Legislature, Liberia’s partners and stakeholders outside the capital, Monrovia.
Over the next five years, President Weah says his government will invest in high quality infrastructure including roads, affordable energy and all the seaports and make emphasis on telecommunication and ICT.
He further says government will make moves aimed at [improving] water and sanitation, invest in Liberians in the areas of education and health, while placing emphasis on national security to enable Liberians move freely.
President Weah pledges his fullest personal commitment and diligence to achieving these goals.
He urges support for the PAPD to ensure that it works, as he pledges his commitment insisting that every line of the “Book” will be implemented because the PAPD sets clearly his government’s vision for the country and its people.
He boasts that after just nine months in office, his government has already begun delivering on some of its promises, noting that the PAPD prepares the clear roadmap for government’s five – year national development plan for the achievement of its national goals and objectives.
According to him, government did an extensive consultation with all its stakeholders in working on this roadmap, including international partners, financial partners and the private sector to ensure their friendly cooperation and participation.
Earlier presenting the PAPD to President Weah, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah said the National Resource Mobilization Strategy is to raise an additional one billion dollars from domestic sources.
He terms it as an ambitious plan that is achievable, citing government’s commitment in raising revenues by taking some tough decisions.
One of these, according to Minister Tweah, is to limit tax exemptions and duties waivers.
He says a review of exemption in the past 12 years has shown that these exemptions have hurt the economy in a variety of ways.
Under the PAPD and Domestic Resource Plan, Minister Tweah announces that the president and his government are committing to minimize exemption in order to to grow revenues so that Liberia can depend on its own resources.
By Winston W. Parley