‘Helping Up the Poor Can Accelerate Development of Middle Class’

first_imgAmb. Elder makes remark at the program.— U.S. Ambassador Christine ElderChristine Elder, United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Monrovia, on Thursday, June 27, 2019, reaffirmed the American Government’s commitment to help Liberia achieve the goal outlined in President George Weah’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).Amb. Elder informed the government that they have designed a strategy, which will guide the U.S. development initiative in the country for the next five years so it aligns with the pillars.She made the statement at the opening of the second USAID/Liberia Development Conference held in Monrovia in collaboration with the Liberia Institute for Policy Studies and Research, the Government of Liberia (GoL), policymakers, multilateral and bilateral donors.The conference is organized under the theme, “Implementing a Vision for Prosperity and Self-Reliance in Liberia.” The two-day event is being held from June 27-28, 2019, with focus on various panels discussions, and emphasis on policy implementation in a challenging macroeconomic context, institutional framework implementation, and addressing special challenges-vulnerable population and food security.Participants at the 2019 Liberia Development ConfrenceAmb. Elder said this year’s conference focuses on how to implement those valuable ideas as well as many solid policy proposals produced, indicating that she is confident that the discussions generated will contribute to advancing the collective effort to combat poverty and help steer Liberia on a journey of self-reliance.“Mr. President,” Elder said, “we commend you and your administration for your Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, which focuses on improving the living standard of Liberia’s most vulnerable populations, specifically in the counties. By helping the poor to get on their feet, Liberia can also accelerate the development of the middle class, which is essential for sustained growth and broadly shared prosperity.”She said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program that Liberia is negotiating can help stabilize the economy, while preserving existing necessities in healthcare and education, upon which the country’s most vulnerable depend.“Each time we look back and evaluate honestly how effective certain decisions or initiatives have been, we are reminded that development is an iterative process that requires the capacity to change over time, and build on success as well as learn from mistakes with the ultimate goal of developing more viable policy options and laws,” Elder said.She added, “It requires cooperation among all branches of government, consultation with stakeholders in society, research and analysis, planning and strategic capacity and rigorous evaluation and monitoring.”Marie Royce, United States of America Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs, said following the visit of the IMF delegation, the timely conference affords a robust discussion among policymakers, civil society representatives, business leaders, and development partners, to consider what is ahead of Liberia on its road to self-reliance, inclusive growth and prosperity.She said one of the promises of the conference is that Liberia needs to deepen its policymaking capacity and scale up its knowledge economy, noting that, “developing countries cannot afford to neglect their knowledge-based asset.”Royce said the key drivers to reach those goals are education and environment, which promote innovation and entrepreneurship.She reaffirmed the U.S. Government’s support to education and culture exchange opportunities in order to continue strengthening the links between academic institutions, businesses, and CSOs (Civil Society Organizations).She said those education exchange connections are essential, because the American Government and Liberia will become stronger and more prosperous when the people of both countries share ideas, experiences and work closely together.Madam Royce said the U.S. Government supports capacity building of higher education institution systems in Africa through sharing expertise, promoting expanded networks and partnership, and deepening people-to-people ties.Samuel Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, who proxied for President Weah, welcomed the delegation to Liberia, adding that one of the best partnership they have as a government is with the U.S. Government.Tweah said the major challenge the country is faced with is found within the space of human capital development; something, he said, needs huge investment to help young people share experience with others around the world in order to create the transformation that is needed to improve the nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Enough of your verbal diarrhoea: Ravindra Jadeja slams Sanjay Manjrekar on Twitter

first_imgRavindra Jadeja tweeted out some sharp lines for former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar on Wednesday. Manjrekar had recently called Ravindra Jadeja a bits-and-pieces cricketer.”I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.Ravindra Jadeja has not yet played a single game in the 2019 World Cup but he has been a huge asset on the field as a substitute fielder. In 151 ODIs, Jadeja has scored 2035 runs and taken 174 wickets.Sanjay Manjrekar played 74 ODIs, scored 1994 runs and took 1 wicket.Sanjay Manjrekar was also trolled online after he criticised MS Dhoni over his strike rate and poor strike rotation.MS Dhoni has taken flak for his slow strike rate and poor strike rotation in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On Sunday, two former international captains, Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly said they were baffled with Dhoni’s approach in a steep run chase against England.On Tuesday, MS Dhoni scored only 35 off 33 balls against Bangladesh on what experts said was a flat pitch at Edgbaston. India won by 28 runs after another spectacular show by their pacers. However, Manjrekar, raised Dhoni’s strike rate against spin and said he does not put his wicket on the line in big games.”Here’s something interesting about Dhoni -. 41 off 87 balls v spin this WC. But in the warm up games 69 off 56 balls v spin. That tells me it’s mental too. He does not put his wicket on the line as much in the big games,” Manjrekar tweeted.advertisementHere’s something interesting about Dhoni -. 41 off 87 balls v spin this WC. But in the warm up games 69 off 56 balls v spin. That tells me it’s mental too. He does not put his wicket on the line as much in the big games.#ICCCWC2019Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 2, 2019In what fans and followers of Ravindra Jadeja perceived as a retort to Manjrekar, the ace India all-rounder said he has heard enough of Manjrekar’s “verbal diarrhoea.”Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekarRavindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019Fans, not surprisingly, went into frenzy.Sanju Manju is so bad that even fans are muting @StarSportsIndia Hindi.Let’s try this. The next time Sanjay Manjrekar comes on commentary, Mute commentary, take a pic. Tweet with #SackManjrekarIf you don’t like this senseless commentary do it. RT & Spread too. #IndvBan pic.twitter.com/mOP0K9lmJp Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) July 2, 2019″the Dhoni conundrum” are you for real??? Show some respect dude! The man has given so much to his country and you call him a conundrum? #kickhimout of commentating #SanjayManjrekar PK (@pkmulberry) July 2, 2019@sanjaymanjrekar Can you please stop your biased propagandaYou are going nuts when Dhoni couldn’t hit the final oversThe same you saying Bangladesh are not able to hit the last overs due to the slowness of the pitch #SanjayManjrekar pic.twitter.com/JySthYMiD9 Shilpa Aggarwal (@indianshestands) July 2, 2019One of the worst commentator ever seen.He always wrong??#sanjaymanjrekar pic.twitter.com/7CQEGCRnXS Kumar (@Kumar_187) July 3, 2019Jadeja plays with MS Dhoni in Chennai Super Kings and the two are close friends.Also See:last_img read more