By Wilfred S. Gortor & Catherine B. Nyenkan
GANTA, Oct. 28 (LINA) – The Pro-Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) has finally been adopted as the manifesto upon which the George Weah-led government seeks to govern, and when implemented to the fullness, a total of one million Liberians will be lifted from poverty over the next five years.
The government plan, however, does not mean that those Liberians are going to be rich, Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah has indicated.
Tweah explained at the official launch of the PADP in Ganta, Nimba County over the weekend that the one million Liberian citizens will have a sustainable income which will support them and their families.
The launch of the PAPD brings to an end speculations that the Weah-led regime had governed the country for over seven months without a defined political manifesto, although during his inauguration he assured Liberians that his government will lift more of them out of poverty and as well seek to create an ambiance that will promote economic diversification and total growth.
“The PAPD aims to do this by enabling the private sector to grow and produce more jobs in various sectors of the economy; it is these jobs in agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and services sector that will give Liberians that sustainable income,” Tweah explained.
He said: “This is why the PAPD places economic diversification and private sector-led Pro-Poor growth at the center of its development strategy.”
According to Tweah, when the private sector falls short, the PAPD seeks to propose a social protection for the vulnerable and the poor to guard their incomes.
Tweah, who delivered an overview on the context of the PAPD, explained that the articulate government agenda will also relax infrastructural constraints to private investments.
He affirmed that under the PAPD the government through a combination of domestic resources and support from major development partners and private investments will deliver on road infrastructures.
In terms of road development as contained in the PAPD, Tweah added that Liberia will be a radically different country as the government will deliver a minimum of 800 kilometers of paved new roads within the next five years.”
Tweah maintained that when constructed the roads will not just be ones that lead to nowhere, but roads that will be linked to economic growth clusters and economic zones.
Among other things, Tweah indicated that the plan will take Liberia’s electricity generation beyond 500 megawatts and reduce electricity tariffs by liberalizing the electricity sector.
“Where electricity is expensive and where there are no roads there can be no jobs created,” Tweah pointed out.
Source of Liberia News Agency