Liberia's final Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) is now available on the Executive Mansion site (www.emansion.gov.lr). The PRS is a medium term national development plan that lays out policies and programs Liberia aims to implement in order to enhance national security, increase economic growth, strengthen governance and the rule of law, and develop infrastructure while providing basic services. Liberia's PRS will span the next three years (from April 2008 through June 2011).
Commenting on the participatory nature of the PRS consultative process, PRS Core Team Chairperson, Minister of Finance Dr. Antoinette Sayeh, said: "Over the seven month period, we have held consultations on the district and county level throughout Liberia, as well as three regional consultations in order to receive tangible input into the content of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. We have consulted the private sector, civil society, and the Legislature in separate outreach sessions in order to receive additional concrete feedback on the Strategy's initial draft. We received comments and inputs from international partners, Liberians in the Diaspora, and myriad other stakeholders."
Along the same vein, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says in her introductory message in the final PRS: "Reducing poverty is NOT something this Government can do alone As we move from building a strategy to implementing that strategy, we must remember our individual roles in making sure that poverty is, indeed, reduced over the next three years. Our plan over the next three years will focus on things that will make a difference to the lives of ordinary Liberians: Roads. Clinics. Schools. Security. Good governance. Economic opportunities. Clean water. Electricity."
The final PRS will be the foundation of Liberia's roadmap to development, so much so that a large portion of the Government's 2008-2009 budget (and subsequent budgets) will be allocated for PRS implementation.
Designed and printed copies of the final PRS will be available to the public soon.