Monrovia, November 2, 2020 – As part of efforts to revise the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning held a two day Retreat in Ganta, Nimba County from October 22-24, 2020.

The objectives of the retreat was to review the PAPD Results Matrix to reflect the current economic realities; to know the extent of the impact of the COVID-19 on the economy and to encourage all Government Institutions to take ownership of the document.

The LACC was represented by Mrs. Jeant Sonpon-Sarsih, Program Manager for Administration and Robert Jarwleh, Research Officer

The Retreat was organized on Pillars 3 and 4 perspectives. Pillar 3 has five sectors, while Pillar 4 has two sectors; (Building Capable State & Reducing Corruption).

The Reducing Corruption Sector comprises of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Internal Auditing Agency (IAA), while Building a Capable State consists of the Governance Commission (GC), the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), Civil Service Agency (CSA), National Elections Commission (NEC), National Identification Registry (NIR), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), & Ministry of Defense (MOD).

The PAPD review mechanism has three components which includes; the review of the PAPD Results Matrix, synchronization and harmonization of the new target/validation and the presentation of the Revised PAPD to the President for onward presentation to the citizens of Liberia.

These three levels are expected to be accomplished by December.

The PAPD serves as a strategic policy instrument designed to alleviate poverty and accelerate economic growth and sustainable development. However, the COVID-19 pandemic did not only underpin Government’s effort to mobilize the needed resources in terms of revenue generations, but its quest to secure funding from financial institutions and international partners.

The ongoing review process of the PAPD is meant to redesign and formulate realistic and achievable strategies that will be used to foster government’s development agenda for the next three years.