(Liberia News Agency)
By: Dudu M. Kamara
MONROVIA, Oct. 24 (LINA) –The security situation in Liberia is stable as there has been no major security problem across the country since the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNMIL) finally expired in June, according to a World Bank report.
Liberia assumed security responsibilities in 2017 and its security forces successfully provided security for last year’s presidential and legislative elections, the Bank’s report titled:. “Liberia At-A-Glance,” says.
The report, in part, recalled that President George Manneh Weah told the United Nations General Assembly in September of his ambitious economic manifesto, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
He said the Agenda gives priority to the alleviation of poverty with focus on reducing the marginalization of the most vulnerable, creating a conducive atmosphere for middle and upper income Liberians to grow and prosper, and contribute to the country’s development.
The report further alluded that President Weah promised to build a harmonious society, based on the goal of economic empowerment, especially for the underprivileged.
“The Pro-poor Agenda is designed to give power to the people, promote economic diversification, protect sustainable peace and encourage good governance,” the World Bank report quotes the President as saying.
“The President appealed to Liberia’s friends, bilateral partners, and private investors to support the Pro-poor Agenda,” the World Bank report added.
The Liberian government says it is investing in Technical Vocational Education and Training programs to build entrepreneurial and marketable skill-sets of the country’s youthful population.
Considering the importance and impact of infrastructure on social and economic development, said the World Bank, the Liberian Government has identified investment in roads, energy and ports as priority, and is therefore soliciting funding and other technical expertise to undertake projects in these sectors.
This, the report adds, is in pursuit of Government’s goal to connect Liberia’s cities and towns, and empower the economy. Investments in agriculture and value-addition activities are expected to provide jobs and income opportunities across the country, said the Liberian government.
UNMIL faded down its peacekeeping operations in Liberia after 15 years intervention, bringing peace and stability to the nation once ravaged by 14 years of civil war.