18 December 2012

Liberia: CDC Brands Vision 2030 a 'Fraud'

The National Chairman of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has classified the government's national economic policy document, 'Vision 2030' a fraud. George Solo claimed the vision lacks the inputs of Liberians, which could render it unworkable after the tenure of the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration.

He said such national policy document should be taken to the people for their inputs, and that the government should have conducted more consultations with the general population to establish their own style and ways of going about the vision before the conduct of the national conference recently held Gbarnga, Bong County.

Solo said instead, the government drafted her vision and created the environment of presenting it to the people for their acceptance, which could help to make the process unacceptable by Liberians and the next administration. Delegates from various parts of the country gathered recently in Gbarnga, Bong County for the national conference on the Vision 2030.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the New Dawn at his Rehab Community residence outside Monrovia on Monday, Solo added that the drafters of the vision failed to state clearly how the process will be funded, including its durability.

But Liberia's Finance Minister Amara Konneh, has put the cost of the vision implementation process at US$5 Billion. Minister Konneh called on international partners and friendly governments for assistance to achieve the vision of making Liberia a middle income country by 2030.

The CDC Chair however, pointed out that if the Vision 2030 document is fine tuned with the involvement of more citizens, it could become the best working tool for the economy for generations to come.

Asked whether the party will continue with the vision if they were elected to power in 2017, Solo went mute for seconds, and then responded reluctantly that the vision is not far from the objectives and goals of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change and it might use it if necessary.

"We from the CDC think that vision should be taken to our people, including the marketers, the penh-penh boys; the students, political leaders and the legislature for their inputs for a brighter envisioning, but regrettably, the government chooses to create the vision of their own and then use the taxpayers' money for the implementation aspect. If the onset of the vision is like this, we think this vision may not work until it is fine tune through the inputs of every well meaning Liberian," he said.

Commenting on the suspension of the CDC youth League Chairperson, he stressed that Jefferson Koijee raised critical issues, but failed to follow the constitutional guidelines of the CDC thereby making statements in the name of the party, which is counterproductive to policy of the party.

He said despite the suspension of Koijee, his rights and freedom of expression are still active, and he and his supporters could protest the decision of the National Executive Committee.

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