By State House :
The Government of Sierra Leone under the astute and transformative leadership of President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma (GCRSL) will officially launch the Agenda for Prosperity on Friday morning at the Miatta Conference Centre, Youyi Building, Brookfields, Freetown.
Sierra Leone’s Vision for 2013 to 2035 is to become a middle-income country. It would be an inclusive, green country, with 80% of the population above the poverty line. It would have gender equality, a well-educated, healthy population, good governance and rule of law, well-developed infrastructure, macroeconomic stability, with private-sector, export-led growth generating wide employment opportunities; there would be good environmental protection, and responsible natural resource exploitation.
After generally satisfactory experience with the Agenda for Change (AfC), 2008-2012, Sierra Leone is now embarking on the Agenda for Prosperity (AfP), for social and economic development for 2013-2018. Rapid expected growth in minerals production and export, together with the potential for petroleum exploitation, should provide resources to help transform the country and make the AfP feasible. Problems in implementing AfC have been carefully assessed, and measures developed to avoid them in the AfP.
President Koroma is expected to talk on a number of issues bordering on the continued development and transformation of the country during and after his term of office. He will commit himself to accelerating the eradication of hunger and malnutrition, with a strengthened focus on women and children from conception to two years of age, to prevent the irreversible effects of stunting. The president will talk on the establishment of a multi-sectorial nutrition coordination secretariat to address these issues.
The Chief Executive is also expected to address the issue of youth unemployment, better management of our natural resources for the good of all citizens of Sierra Leone, and also expand and sustain the Free Health Care and Scaling-Up Nutrition initiatives, reform the educational system to make our graduates more competitive in the job market, as well as concluding all ongoing road, energy and water supply projects all across the country.