31/01/2019: President Weah Proposes Several Bills To Support PAPD

President Weah Proposes Several Bills To Support PAPD

The Liberian leader furthered that the administration would implement a Visa-upon-Arrival program, as well as the issuance of Tourist Visas. 
These bills will serve as addendums to bills President Weah forwarded and passed into law by the National Legislature in the first year of his presidency. 
They include an Act to Ratify the Financing Agreement to provide additional financing for the West African Power Pool, the Local Government Act of 2018 and an Act to Establish the Land Rights Law of 2018.
President Weah said these legislations would help smoothen and enhance efforts toward accomplishing the PAPD launched October 29, 2018 with the aim to give power to the people, better the economy, create jobs, sustain the peace and improve governance and transparency.
“The overall objective of the PAPD and its ultimate goal is to lift our people from poverty to prosperity,” the President announced.
The President however extolled the national legislature for the critical support and cooperation rendered in passing into law several pieces of legislation totaling 26 he said are relevant to the PAPD.
At the same time, President Weah has disclosed his administration would place emphasis on the Agriculture sector as major impetus for economic revitalization.
“As we kick-start the infrastructure portion of the PADP through road construction, we also want to place a new emphasis on agriculture,” he said.  
President Weah bemoaned the minute returns realized from the enormous investments put into Agriculture, stressing, “This will have to change.”
“Our international partners will agree with me that endless national and foreign resources have been and continue to be poured into Agriculture yet returns on these investments are almost negligible.” 
The Liberian leader vowed to allot the same effort, time and energy to road projects, to programs toward agriculture development. 
He said, “I will directly get involved in the programs and practical implementation of agriculture development.” 
President Weah who says the Agriculture sector accounts for more than seventy percent (70%) of household earnings, indicated that the PAPD can only be sustainably achieved through agriculture. 
“We will craft new practical and realistic agriculture policies, incentivize the sector by providing access to credit, reducing tariffs on agriculture implements, and provide small machines, modern seeds and fertilizers,” he proclaimed.
He reiterated that Liberia is open for business, and that the private sector will be prioritized under his administration.  Following are some photo from the Address:

Pres Weah honoring national anthem before delivering second SONA

 President Weah presenting his second State of the Nation Address

Associate Justice Nagbe and former Vice President Boakai listening to the President's annual message

Some Cabinet Ministers in the joint Chambers listening to President Weah's second annual message

Speaker Chambers along with Vice President Taylor and First Lady Clar Weah honoring the National Anthem as before President Weah delivers his annual message

The Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court seated during the President's delivery of his annual message