10 December 2012

Liberia: Let Vision 2030 Make a Difference


LIBERIA WILL TODAY mark another event in its chronicle as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to launch the much-talked about Vision 2030 at the Gbarnga Administrative Building. Reports from the county speak of massive preparation for the launch of this important national framework and that the vision is objectively intended to move this country forward after many years of retrogression.

THE FRAMEWORK in the national vision dubbed, "Liberia RISING 2030," lays out a set of programs for building a reconciled and unified nation with citizens who have a strong sense of shared identity and community, a commitment to ethical governance, and a sense of ownership and partnership with government in pursuit of national development goals rather than a sense of being powerless petitioners and providential beneficiaries.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE vision was not done in isolation of ongoing efforts, as it is built upon current governance reforms, and contains programs for the consolidation of institutions of transparent, accountable, just and democratic governance. This is important to avoid any duplication in any development initiatives in the years to come.

THE VISION WHICH is Liberia's transformational vision is to become by 2030; a middle income country capable of meeting and sustaining its own development aspirations, a country characterized by a high and improved standard of living for its population measured by per capita income of between US$1000 and US$2000 from its current per capita income of $280.00 and with average annual growth rate of 12 percent to 18 percent. This growth is to be driven by a robust private sector with sustained high levels of investment.

SINCE THE ISSUE of the Vision came about, we note with satisfaction the level of consultations and dialogues that were carried out by those responsible in preparing the document. We are sure that the Vision encompasses the developmental needs of the people and the country, as there was full participation of the citizens. It is one that was not Monrovia-based.

WE THANK THE architects including President Sirleaf, the brainchild of the Vision, Finance Minister Amara Konneh, Dr. Amos Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC) and Dr. Tipoteh, Chairman of the Steering Committee for the level of consultations.

WHILE NOTING THE usefulness of this Vision, we hope that it will be efficacious to achieve its intended goals and aspirations. We note with disappointment how similar development initiatives were launched, but never achieved their goals or intended results because of the lack of implementation.

THIS TIME AROUND, let this vision, which we believe got the inputs of the people make a difference to move this country from a state of backwaters to prosperity. Let the framers and those responsible, as well as citizens ensure its full implementation.

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