Liberia laying the foundation for middle-income status by 2030Listen /
The Liberian government has instituted a host of reforms intended to improve governance, enhance accountability, and create an enabling environment for the exercise of basic freedoms, including freedom of speech and of the press.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that these actions have put the country on a path of irreversible progress which has enabled the government to conduct two democratic presidential and general elections.
President Johnson Sirleaf stressed that her government, through its Vision 2030, has begun laying a firm foundation for the transformation of the economy aimed at moving the country to middle-income status by 2030.
“Liberia has come a long way, but we know that we have an even longer way to go. We have done much in restoring basic services and infrastructure, but still have much more to do, especially in reducing our huge infrastructure deficits in power and in transport. We have done much in improving governance and strengthening our institutions of integrity, but still have much more to do in consolidating the culture of integrity and accountability in a society that is still beset by values occasioned by years of conflict. We have adopted laws and policies that eschew discrimination of any kind, to ensure social equity and equal opportunity, but still must do much more in promoting natural reconciliation and healing.”
President Johnson Sirleaf said her government has done much in achieving an average annual growth of over seven percent and attracted huge multi-million-dollar direct foreign investments, especially in the country's natural resource extractive sector.
But she said there's still much more to do in expanding growth and diversifying the economy, making it more resilient to internal and external shocks, and more responsive to the ever-increasing demand of its people for jobs and improved livelihoods.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.