AYV News May 24, 2023
His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio has launched the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and National Grand Coalition (NGC) Progressive Alliance 2023 Elections Manifesto titled: ‘Big Five Gamechangers – Accelerating economic growth and building resilience,’ at the Eastern Technical University in Kenema city.
The Manifesto focuses on 5 key areas such as, ‘Feed Salone’, Human Capital Development, Youth Employment Scheme, Revamping the Public Service Architecture and Tech and Infrastructure.
His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio said ‘Feed Salone’ is an initiative to boost Agricultural productivity to ensure food security and inclusive economic growth.
He said his top priority in his second term is for Sierra Leone to be food self-sufficient, adding that the next SLPP government will boost Agricultural productivity by increasing investment, which will fuel inclusive economic growth, boost food production, reduce hunger and poverty, create jobs, boost export earnings and build resilience in the face of climate change.
On Human Capital Development, the president said nurturing skills for 21st century industry inclusive economic growth relies on skilled and educated human capital.
He said in the next five years, the SLPP government will invest in developing the technical and vocational skills required to grow the economy focusing particularly on creating equal opportunity for women.
In the area of Youth Employment Scheme (YES), His Excellency said: “A Presidential Initiative to create 500,000 jobs for the youth in five years, is a Presidential Initiative to harness the energy of Sierra Leone’s youth by creating 500,000 jobs in the next five years.
“These jobs will include skills and unskilled, long-term and seasonal jobs across all sectors. This will be done by providing incentives to the private sector to hire, train and upskill especially young women and girls”.
In Revamping the Public Service Architecture, President Bio said: “Delivery, efficiency and professionalism in the next five years, the SLPP will continue its mission to fostering a professional and meritocratic public service that is fit for purpose and delivers on its mandate. Our goal is to attract, support and retain the best and the brightest to serve the people of Sierra Leone”.
And on Tech and Infrastructure, the president said: “Pathways for Sustained Economic Growth (TIPEG), the SLPP government will accelerate its inclusive growth agenda by investing in infrastructure, technology and digitisation.
“This will be done by investing in energy generation and transmission, the construction of roads and bridges, expanding energy access across the country and making it easier to link production centres and markets. “We aim to digitise our financial sector to expand financial inclusion as a way to increase economic participation”.