Monrovia, Liberia- Former Minister of Finance, Development and Planning of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Amara Konneh has commended the Government of Liberia on the launch of her 5-year development plan, The Propoor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
In a release from Washington D.C. where he currently serves as an Executive of the World Bank, Hon. Konneh welcomed the launch of the government’s new five year development plan, and congratulated President George Weah and team for the efforts put into it’s preparation.
“Rebuilding after generations of bad governance, economic decline and outright collapse is no easy feat. I congratulate President Weah and his team for this worthy effort”, Hon. Konneh said.
The former Ministry of Finance Development and Planning Minister said, the launch of the PAPD is the start of the real work. He said, developmental plans are necessities for every government and they allow them identify citizen needs, and effectively deliver much needed services for its citizens. Hon. Konneh further said, successes of government occur when they are able to identify challenges, coherently organize them and deliver on an agenda or program with the purpose of making positive change.
“In implementing development plans, governments are not alone. Citizens, private sector, and civil society are all important stakeholders. The international system may be very helpful in sourcing support, while struggling economies put their fiscal house in order. But governments must own their plans and figure how best to use foreign assistance to enhance national capacity, rather than creating dependency. Domestic resource mobilization will be key”, the World Bank Executive added.
Hon. Konneh further added that countries should avoid listening to economists and policy analysts who place blame for national problems on international institutions, and take measured approach in engaging the IMF and other multilateral institutions to assist with their growth and development.
He also said, elected leaders should be on the look out for internal rifts amongst appointed officals, citing, “this cripples progress.”
“Civil service professionals with institutional memory and capacity should be used as much as possible and held accountable for results. They are the engine that drives the government and are critical to success.”
“I wish our government success as it builds on the gains we have collectively made over the last 15 years. Filling the barrel is our collective responsibility”, Hon. Konneh concluded.