Pro-Poor Development Agenda to be Launched in Ganta City

GMWMonrovia, Liberia - After a series of reviews and a National Validation of the PAPD by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), His Excellency President George Manneh Weah will on Saturday, October 27, 2018 launch the National Development Plan of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development to be held at the United Methodist Hall in Ganta City, Nimba County under the Theme: “Unveiling of an Integrated five years Medium-Term National Development Plan towards Accelerated, Inclusive and Sustainable Development”.

The Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) is the current five years Medium-term National Development Plan of the Government of Liberia.

The PAPD is the second in the series of five years’ national development plans that seeks to raise Liberians out of poverty and reduce the vast inequality and disparity gap.

The objectives of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development are:
• To build a more capable and trusted state institution that will lead to a stable, resilient and inclusive nation embracing its triple heritage and anchored on its African identity and
• To provide greater income security to an additional one million Liberians, and reduce absolute poverty by 23 percent across 5 out of 6 regions through sustained and inclusive economic growth driven by scaled-up investments in agriculture, in infrastructure, in human resource development, and in social protection.

During the six years’ period, the concepts of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development are:

• Placing the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of all development interventions;
• Doing development in ways that will lift the poor and vulnerable out of poverty without severely affecting the wealthy; and
• Reducing waste in government and repurposing the savings to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable.
The Five Years Medium-term National Development Plan outlines the four pillars.

Pillar 1 Power to the People: Empowering Liberians with the tools to gain control of their lives thru more equitable provision of opportunities in education, health, youth development, and social protection thereby leaving no one behind.

Pillar 2 Economy and Jobs: A stable macroeconomic environment enabling private sector-led economic growth, greater competitiveness and diversification of the economy.

Pillar 3 Sustaining the Peace: Promoting a more peaceful and united society that enables economic transformation and sustainable development.

Pillar 4 Governance and Transparency: Promoting an inclusive and accountable public sector for shared prosperity and sustainable development.

The national launch of the PAPD will bring together Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, the Legislature, the Judiciary, Ministries, Agencies, and Commissions of Government, County Superintendents, the Press, and other citizens of Liberia.