The Inquirer (Monrovia)

13 December 2012

Liberia: Ellen Receives Vision 2030 Document

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received a five-page draft document of the Vision 2030 which has finally been adopted by over 500 delegates attending the conference from the 15 political sub-divisions of the country.

Presenting the document on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, to President Sirleaf, the Co-Chair of the Committee, Ms. Kula Fofana the vision adopted by Liberians is the expression of their faith in the future of the country, love for country and commitment to mobilize resources to achieve our aspirations as expressed: One people, one nation, united for peace and sustainable development.

Ms. Fofana said the participants drew three conclusions from the deliberations that led to the adoption of the vision. She named the problems of Liberia as deeply rooted in the country's social fabric, economic structure and governance arrangements, the optimal framework for sustainable growth and development, and the citizens' participation in the formulation and implementation of the vision.

Against this background, she said the participants have adopted these recommendations: 1. A clear strategy for dissemination of the vision throughout the country and the Diaspora, 2. A clear strategy for operation that includes a clear alignment or re-alignment of the agenda for transformation and the National Reconciliation Roadmap with the National Vision. Issues of particular importance flagged by the participants include; making quality education available to all citizens, macro-policy framework, redefining national symbols to reflect unity, one local spoken language, providing equal access especially for people with disabilities while the last recommendation talks about developing a clear post-conference implementation, coordination and monitoring and evaluation mechanism that support the achievement of the vision.

Accepting the draft document, President Sirleaf said it is imperative that this form of process takes the aspiration of the young people. The Liberian leader told the audience that everyone expects an action after the Gbarnga conference and that the implementation does not depend on government alone but the civil society, the youths, political parties and the entire citizenry.

She assured the audience that the document would not be kept on the shelves as it is done in other places. President Sirleaf then called on the civil society groups to develop a framework to liaise with government in order to begin looking at those recommendations that could be implemented now.

President Sirleaf also asked the international partners to help the government to look at the draft vision and indentify a particular part that they think could assist the people of Liberia.

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