MINISTER OF PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ATTENDS 8TH NATIONAL SOCIAL PROTECTION INTER-AGENCY FORUM
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 15th August, 2019– Dr. Francis M. Kai-Kai, Minister of Planning and Economic Development has joined the Hon. Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh and other MDAs and development Partners in discussing the way forward for the promotion of National Social Protection issues in a one-day Inter-Agency Forum, held on Thursday, 15th August, 2019 at the Conference Hall of the Wusum Hotel, in Makeni, Northern Sierra Leone.
The event which was hosted by the National Social Protection Secretariat, presented progress made so far, updates and Social Protection Initiatives in the drive to alleviate poverty, reduce vulnerabilities and increase human capital.
The Inter-Agency Forum (IAF) comprises Ministers, Head of Organizations and Development Partners implementing or supporting Social Protection Programs.
In his statement, Dr. Kai-Kai firstly outlined the importance of Social Protection issues in a developing country. He stated that his Ministry spearheads and coordinates the development of this Government’s Mid-Term National Development Plan which included Social protection as a key Component for Human Capacity Development in the New Direction Agenda of HE President Julius Maada Bio.
He intimated colleague Ministers and those present that his Ministry is responsible for Planning and Development, and Social Protection is a key spot flagged in the “Education for Development” plan that seeks to improve people’s lives through, inclusive growth, and building a resilient economy, wherein most of the SDGs are being implemented as key priorities.
“As a Ministry we intend to assure that Social Protection will form part of the National Framework of the National Monitoring and Evaluation” he stated.
He reiterated that in a recent meeting held with the Chairman and the Secretary General of the Office of Statistics Sierra Leone, monitoring of key sustainable development goal indicators, including those measuring progress in social protection, was emphasized, going forward.
Dr. Kai-Kai told discussants that his Ministry is ready to deploy all tools to support MDAs and Partners in ensuring that Social Protection measures are closely monitored. He emphasized on the requisite collaboration from Government, Development Partners and CSOs to address the prevailing Social Protection issues at all levels of society.
He called on Partners and other interest groups for an increase in the mobilization of funds for enhancing the sustainability of the Social Protection Component slated in the National Development Plan 2019- 2023.