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Liberia - Infrastructure and Inclusive Growth - Full Report
Infrastructure and Inclusive Growth is part of a series on fragile West African states. Infrastructure in Liberia suffered severely from its fourteen years of conflict, and the nation’s stock of infrastructure remains inadequate and poorly maintained. There are, however, a number of opportunities to reverse this trend, especially if regional options are included. Regional integration is examined in the context of promising domestic growth strategies and the related infrastructure investment priorities that can best bring Liberia out of its relative isolation. These will enable Liberia to play a larger role on an agricultural trading stage within the Mano River Union, on a regional stage within the ECOWAS energy, communications and transit trade markets and on a globally competitive stage as an attractive investment destination for manufacturing, mining and agro-industry. The ultimate objective of the Report is to offer recommendations for short, medium and long-term infrastructure planning for Liberia. By assessing and addressing the infrastructure gap, the Bank aims to help these nations transition out of fragility and into stability. The approach takes its cue from Liberia’s national poverty reduction strategy, the Agenda for Transformation, which seeks inclusive economic growth and it adds a regional perspective on relevant infrastructure development.