Editorial: Welcoming The PAPD Stock-Taking At The Ministerial Complex
ON OCTOBER 27, 2018 CDC-led government launched the “Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD)”, which is a national development plan for the years 2018 and 2023.
“THE PAPD IS a framework for inclusion, more equitable distribution of our national wealth, and a rights-based approach to national development,” President Weah said. “It aligns our national plans with the African Union Agenda 2063 and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the vision of ECOWAS.”
THE DEVELOPMENT OF the PAPD was a broad-based consultative process that included all stakeholders, including agencies of the government, development partners, the UN systems, Civil Society organizations and the private sector, according to the President.
THE ELLEN JOHNSON-Sirleaf Ministerial Complex in Congo Town was a scene of interactive discussions among international partners, President George M. Weah and his cabinet ministers during the “Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development” National Steering Committee Meeting; writes Ojuku Silver-tongue Kangar, Jr.
THE MEETING, WHICH was chaired by President George M. Weah, was intended to know how impactful the PADP is on Liberians, how donor funds are spent and a way forward since it was it was launched in 2018. The meeting’s theme, “Building Forward Better”, was an interactive discussions among the participants.
PRESIDENT WEAH SAID that the “aim of the PAPD is to place Liberia on a higher trajectory of inclusive economic growth, secure peace and democracy, reduce poverty, solve infrastructure constraints in roads, electricity, port and telecommunications; improve agriculture, transform governance, improve the business climate and provide the means for private sector-led growth.
“THE PAPD REMAINS the best expression of our collective ambition to achieve peace, prosperity, and national development and address the critical constraints to growth, such as regional disparity, low human capacity, and the poor distribution of our national wealth.”