25 January 2013

Liberia: Transformation Agenda Initiated

Yearning for greater say in matters relating to their welfare, Liberian youths Wednesday urged their leaders to practice transparency and accountability. The head of the Federation of Liberian Youths, Mohammed Nasser, told journalists at a

The Government of Liberia has inaugurated a five-year transformation agenda that would cater to the country's development needs.

The new five-year plan codenamed Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) is a subset of the Vision 2030, an ambitious development agenda whose objective is to see the country become a middle income nation by 2030.

Amongst other things, the LDA which was inaugurated on Wednesday, is to ensure the successful implementation of five major pillars spelled out in the National Visioning agenda, Vision 2030, which include peace and security, human development, economic development, capital development and governance and public institutions.

Following two hours meeting with stakeholders, including the GOL, development partners, civil society organizations, the private sector and the business community,

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who chaired the LDA inaugural discourse, briefly addressed the media on the outcome of their discussion.

"I am pleased to inform you that today we held the Inaugural meeting of the Liberia Development Alliance that brings together all the stakeholders involved in the development of our country" President Sirleaf announced.

Adding, "This includes government officials, the civil society, our development partners and the private sector. They're all being represented here today. We're pleased that their representation was very, very good. We've come together to form the structure and implementation of the programs and policies that are contained in the agenda for transformation, a document which was launched last December in Gbarnga.

According to President Sirleaf, the goal of the LDA is to set up the implantation structures and implementation arrangements, monitoring and evaluations, and will also focus on the financing of the agenda.

President Sirleaf also disclosed that $US3.6bn was needed to have the country transformation agenda fully achieved.

"The government of Liberia is to make available from its own mingle resources $US1.6bn of this amount, and that the remaining $US2bn, and that the government also intends to rally around our development partners to raise the balance money" the President said.

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