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GC Holds TOT Workshop for National Vision Youth Club.

The Governance Commission has held the first in a series of Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for Liberia’s National Vision Clubs. The workshop brought together 30 participants from 26 of the youth organizations that participated in the 2012 National Vision Conference held in Gbarnga Bong County. These organizations include universities and political parties’ youth wings among others. 

The youth TOT two – day workshop ran from January 26-27, 2017 at the Isaac Tugbeh Wreh Community Hall in ST. Paul Bridge Community and organized by GC and youth organizations that participated in the 2012 National Vision Conference. Highlights of the workshop included a presentation on the National Vision 2030: Liberia Rising, and group presentations.               

The 2012 National Vision Conference itself brought together more than 500 delegates representing Liberians from all 15 counties, sectors, religions, professional groupings, political parties, and civil society organizations, the diaspora, and opinion leaders in Liberia. International observers/partners and organizations also supported the Conference.

It can be recalled that at the end of the National Vision Conference in 2012, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  made an official presentation of the document to the youths of Liberia noting that the Vision represented the people’s future and therefore Liberia’s future leaders (Liberian youths) to guide and protect. 

The Conference was held under the aegis of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affair and the Governance Commission serving as sponsors. The Conference was organized by a 21-member National Conference Committee, provided space for Liberians to select a possible future, and ended the design phase of the visioning process.

The Vision is also an expression of love for country and commitment to mobilize resources to achieve our aspirations as expressed in the Vision Statement: ONE PEOPLE, ONE NATION, UNITED FOR PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

The following are excerpts of the National Vision document.

“Components of the Vision gleaned from retrospective and structural analyses of Liberia as a system and consultations throughout the country and abroad include an economically prosperous people, a socially and demographically harmonious nation united in diversity, a democratic political system, an environmentally beautiful flourishing country, and a country culturally vibrant, and technologically innovative. Such components of the Vision suggest a holistic approach to development, addressing at once the social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and technological aspirations of the Liberian people.  

Three Conclusions can be drawn from the deliberations that led to the adoption of this Vision:

  1. Many of Liberia’s problems are deeply rooted in the country’s social fabric, economic structure and governance arrangements. Others find their roots in the external environment. As the issues at stake are structural and systemic, long-term perspectives and timeframes are required to address them satisfactorily.
  1. Liberians believe the Developmental State Scenario, as contained in the visioning process, is the optimal framework for sustainable growth and development. This scenario suggests a significant departure from the current resource-based development model to a model that is knowledge-based, open to strategic intervention, and supportive of social capital development.
  1. The development contemplated will be possible only if we the Liberian people are committed to change. Citizens’ participation in the formulation and implementation of the vision will therefore be critical for its success and sustainability.

Now that the Vision has been determined, the operationalization or action stage should follow.  The challenge can be expressed as moving from what we desire to creating the conditions that will make the desirable achievable. Against this background, the participants have adopted three recommendations:

  1. A clear Strategy for dissemination of the Vision throughout the country and the Diaspora.
  1. A clear Strategy for operationalization that includes:
  • A clear alignment or re-alignment of the Agenda for Transformation and the National Reconciliation Roadmap with the National Vision.

 Issues of particular importance flagged by the participants

include:

  • Making quality education available to all citizens;

 

  • Developing macro-policy frameworks conducive for sustainable growth and development;
  • redefining national symbols to reflect our unity;
  • working toward agreeing on a national language (s) for Liberia;
  • providing equal access, especially for persons living with disabilities, to opportunities for development and participation in national affairs;
  • developing and instilling in our youths moral and ethical value systems;
  • developing policy measures to address issues of youth education, responsibility and empowerment;
  • developing policy measures to deepen and make more inclusive our system of democratic governance;
  • Effecting policy measures required to support and enhance greater national ownership of natural resources;
  • Effecting policy measures that ensure improved participation for Liberians in their economy through significantly strengthened access to capital and an enhanced role in gross capital formation;
  • Developing policy measures that ensure an accelerated transition of the Liberian economy from reliance on extractive export led growth to improving the share of domestic manufacturing;
  • Developing policies, programs and institutions that promote decentralization and local ownership of the Vision implementation;
  • Developing policy measures and initiatives to enhance cultural identity and national reconciliation.
  • Strengthening regional cooperation and improve relations with our neighbors.
  • Developing policies and programs that accelerate infrastructural development;
  • Strengthening rights, including gender-based rights, rights affecting persons living with disabilities, human rights, and the right of the child.
  1. Develop a clear post –Conference implementation, coordination and Monitoring and Evaluation mechanisms that support the achievement of the Vision.”
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