6 December 2012

Liberia: George Solo - CDC Will Fight Against Vision 2030 If...

The national chairman of the main opposition political party Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Mr. George Solo has declared that his party will fight against the National Vision 2030 if the vision poses a threat to the Liberian society.

The National Vision 2030 is a non-partisan process by which Liberians will build a consensus on the future of the country or the formulation of a shared vision through a participatory process - setting the agenda to address the social, political and economic challenges that confront and may confront Liberia over the next 18 years and perhaps beyond - and a development framework consistent with the long term vision.

Crafters of Vision 2030 say the formulation of a national vision is a broad participatory process. Vision 2030 will be for the people, by the people and of the people; setting and defining the parameters of - political, economic and social development - for building a reconciled and unified nation.

A nation envisioned where citizens share a strong sense of national identity and community, commitment to ethical governance, and government partnership in pursuit of national development goals. The visioning exercise belongs to the Liberian people and as such, the people of Liberia will set the agenda.

But in a recent interview with the Voice of America (VOA), the CDC national chairman intimated that as Liberia's leading opposition party, the CDC was somewhat consulted about the government's National Vision 2030, but added that: "One of the things that the Congress for Democratic Change has maintained is that, if you make us stakeholders and consultative partners in the early stages of implementation, we are more than happy to give our input, and we hope that these inputs are taken genuinely."

However, he indicated that if the Government of Liberia (GoL) does not take the inputs of the CDC genuinely and goes ahead to implement Vision 2030, and the implementations of the national vision pose a threat to what the party sees as "the harmonization of our society, then we will fight against it."

He stated that representatives of major political parties in the country will meet later this month in Gbarnga to officially comment on the government's National Vision 2030.

Meanwhile, the Liberia National Vision 2030 formulation process continues with the commencement of a three-day National Conference on the National Vision 2030, in Gbarnga, Bong County, from 10-12 December 2012. The three-day National Conference will debate the findings of the draft report of Regional, District and Diaspora consultations on the National Vision 2030 process.

The confab will be conducted by a National Conference Committee, composed of members of civil society, of various socio-economic groupings and of the general public. Participants from all segments of the population, including the Diaspora Liberian community, have been invited to participate in the national confab that seeks to chart the course of the country's future through a structured national conversation based on impact of the past and present to forge ahead to the future.

The three-day Gbarnga national forum is expected to approve a National Vision 2030 document that will provide a guide to harmonious national development that will endeavor to benefit all Liberians. Ahead of the Gbarnga three-day National Conference on the National Vision 2030, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has already begun holding consultative meetings with political leaders in the country.

At the well-attended meeting on Monday, 4 December 2012, President Johnson-Sirleaf introduced the National Vision 2030, indicating that it is an undertaking that began in 2010 and has now reached the stage where it is to be discussed at the upcoming three-day National Conference.

"We've tried to put together where our country is today, and where we want it to be tomorrow," the Liberian leader said, adding that the whole exercise came out of a robust consultative process.

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