MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President George Weah has pledged Liberia’s commitment to the ideals and programs inscribed in the Abidjan Declaration of the International Development Authority (IDA) Africa 2021 Summit.
The Abidjan Declaration calls for a strong start to the implementation of IDA20, which is focused on a robust and resilient recovery for Africa.
The Liberian Leader was speaking at the IDA Africa’s Heads of State Summit Thursday, July 7, 2022, in Dakar, Senegal.
President Weah expressed the hope that IDA’s objective will place Africa in a place of honor, urging the World Bank Group to pull Africa out of the current dependency syndrome.
He noted that Liberia’s transformational policy during the replenishment will focus on health, education, agriculture, digital economy, youth and women empowerment, roads and ports, energy and gender.
President Weah described those sectors as cardinal to Liberia’s national development plan, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PADP) and development which was launched in 2018.
Meanwhile, the Liberian Leader has stressed the need for African countries to diversify their economies, calling for the promotion of genuine people-center policies, based on the principles of good governance, transparency and equality.
He said such diversity will mitigate impact of crisis on economies, like what is being experienced from the Russia-Ukraine war.
The President said the war has been devastating on the global economy, with economies in Africa bearing the brunt.
However, the Liberian Leader believes, with appropriate policy interventions, Africa can mitigate the long-term costs of disruptions on economies on the continent.
Meanwhile, President Weah and entourage have returned home from Senegal.