23 January 2013

Liberia: Ellen Launches Liberia Development Alliance

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will today, Wednesday, January 23, 2013 launch the Liberia Development Alliance (LDA). The Alliance is intended to coordinate the implementation of the national development plan; The Agenda for Transformation. The LDA is organized to maximize the participation of key stakeholders; Government of Liberia, Development Partners, Private Sector actors and Civil Society organizations to ensure the successful implementation of the Agenda for Transformation.

According to a Press Release issued by the Ministry of Finance Media Services Division, the LDA structure will consist of a Steering Committee chaired by the President and comprising of representatives of the Government of Liberia, Development Partners, Private Sector and Civil Society. The LDA Steering Committee will provide overall policy direction to ensure that the AfT delivers the expected transformational development to the Liberian people.

The LDA steering committee will be supported by a LDA Secretariat at the Ministry of Finance. The secretariat will be responsible for the day to day operations, working to coordinate the five pillars of the AfT to ensure successful implementation. The establishment of the LDA is expected to provide the policy space and support that the private sector and civil society need to play their important role in the nation's development efforts.

In addition to the very critical role that Liberia's Development Partners have played and will continue to play in Liberia's development, the LDA will provide a better platform for a more robust engagement with the private sector to expand the economy and create jobs. The private sector will receive the support to be the engine of growth in the economy.

The LDA will find pragmatic and inclusive ways of implementing the AfT in order to expand the national economic pie by promoting the birth and growth of private enterprise - small and large, rural and urban - that would make the business ecosystem more diverse and productive; maximize the creation of good, productive, sustainable jobs for as many Liberians as possible.

The actions of the LDA should lead to the development of a new middle class, new suppliers and service providers, improved infrastructure, security and enriched livelihoods for a vast majority of the Liberian people; and to ensure that the LDA remains focused on those goals, the organization will pursue its mission of "putting Liberians in charge of the growth and development of the economy" in a deliberate and purposeful way.

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