The Chief of Staff in the office of the President Saidu Conton Sesay yesterday engaged stakeholders of the President’s Recovery Priorities at the British Council Auditorium in Freetown.
The objective of the meeting was to discuss progress and challenges on the President’s Recovery Priorities by key stakeholders in Ministries Department and Agencies, donors and Non –Governmental Organizations.
The President’s Recovery Priorities represent a multi-stakeholder Programme of investment, led by the Government of Sierra Leone and focused on education, energy, governance, health, private sector development, social protection and water.
The Programme is intended to drive sustainable socio-economic transformation in Sierra Leone following the twin shocks of the Ebola Virus Epidemic and falling commodity prices.
According to the Chief of Staff Saidu Conton Sesay after the successful implementation of phase one of the 6-9 months programs which commenced 24 July 2015-April 2016, the Government and partners are looking towards the implementation of the short and long term projects within the next six months in 2017.
He said Phase two of the President’s Recovery Priorities will address seven priority sectors with the aim to deliver measurable and sustainable transformation, and transition the economy back to the Agenda for Prosperity.
He said they are ramping on two critical areas of the recovery process through capacity building on management of data system for sectors and empowerment of locals to be able to demand and monitor implementation of the recovery projects.
Saidu Conton-Sesay, the Chief of Staff, who is coordinating and managing planning and delivery of the President’s Recovery Priorities, says: “Citizen, Participation improves public sector service delivery. We need Sierra Leone’s citizens to understand this recovery process, track the progress of the initiatives and hold those responsible for delivery and implementation accountable.
The success of Sierra Leone’s recovery depends on the active participation of beneficiaries and their communities,” he said.
The Lead Specialist of the President’s Recovery Priorities Yvonne Aki- Sawyer explained in an interview to Awoko that the total budget for the President’s Recovery Priorities is at USD$ 839m and donors have committed to USD$ 641.7m and the Government USD$ 179.63m
She said the priority areas are Energy, Education, Agriculture, Governance, Health, Water, Private Sector Development and Social Protection.
She also disclosed that the Government of Sierra Leone has so far disbursed Le 335m towards the President’s Recovery Priorities with 146 sub initiatives, and 1, 234 sections.
She encouraged stakeholders to work towards the implementation of the President’s Recovery Priorities before the end of 2017 assuring that the political dispensation will not affect the implementation process.
By Saidu Bah
Wednesday January 11, 2017