The group, comprising past and present Liberian politicians and political leaders, has expressed commitment to accelerating the pace of Liberia’s development by promoting better governance that leads to better development results.
Speaking over the weekend at the first topical discussion on the national budget, the president of the group Clemenceau B. Urey said the discourse intends to spur the establishment of a watchdog group purposely to monitor and track the national budget process.
“One of the results expected from the discourse will be the establishment of a watchdog group whose responsibilities will be to track the budgetary process from start to finish. The group is also expected to conduct relevant analysis throughout the various stages, and disseminate information to the public to ensure that the budget adequately captures the needs of the Liberian people and that it reflects national priority,” Urey stated.
”We want to explore ways to influence our national budget decision making so that it is no longer dominated by salaries and benefits; and to transition to a budget that captures our national vision, embraces our development agenda, and incorporates the needs of the Liberian people,” he declared.
He stated emphatically that through this exercise, Liberia’s development model will be upgraded to a higher level thereby accelerating development. To achieve this, the citizens and policy makers must put aside the old ways of doing things, which in comparison to other countries in the sub region and beyond, caused Liberia to lag behind.
“We must shed those negative attitudes and behaviors that make government less responsive to national needs. We must put aside the business as usual approach to governance that leads to the same old results that impedes our development and progress as a nation. We must embrace new ideas, principles and practices of governance, to accelerate our development initiatives”, he said.