NPC to have regional consultations on NDP5

16 Jun 2016 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUN (NAMPA) – The National Planning Commission (NPC) has started developing the latest National Development Plan (NDP), which includes nationwide consultative meetings before being rolled out to all 14 regions.
In formulating NDP5, which is effective 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2022; the NPC aims to have intense consultations with various stakeholders to enable better implementation of the new plan.
Speaking during the launch of the formulation process here on Wednesday, Minister of Economic Planning in the Presidency and Director-General of the NPC, Tom Alweendo said the new plan will accelerate Vision 2030 and will amongst others acknowledge Namibia’s achievements of the last 26 years.
“We have therefore started with the preparation of our next five-year plan, the NDP5. We are starting the process filled with optimism, encouraged by our achievements of the last 26 years.”
In 2004, Namibia adopted Vision 2030 that spells out the country's development programmes and strategies to achieve its national objectives such as inequality reduction and social welfare, human resources development, institutional capacity building and health.
The formulation process of NDP5 will include regional consultations with governors, regional councillors, traditional leaders and the public.
“We are actually crafting the NDP5, and we want the opinion of the public and their views, so that we know what they want us to focus on,” Fillemon Nangonya, the NPC’s Public Relations Officer told Nampa on Thursday.
Regional consultations will start in the Kunene Region on 22 June, followed by Omusati and all regions until 05 August.
“Our vision is that by the year 2030, Namibia will be a prosperous and industrialised nation – developed by her human resources and enjoying peace, harmony and political stability,” said Alweendo.
He stressed that the NDP5 will be developed on careful thought and will not be blinded by the past.
“We want to be guided by the past, rooted in the realities of present possibilities and driven by our vision of a Namibia that stands tall on the global stage, where each and every citizen is thriving.”
The focus areas of the new plan are yet to be discussed and will be determined after consultations with relevant stakeholders.
“I can already foresee that our efforts will still need to be concentrated on how to stimulate the economy to grow faster and sustainability such that it is inclusive to create the needed jobs.”
Alweendo proclaimed that such goals are only attainable if a vigorous prioritisation process is implemented where only potential and viable programs that will grow the economy enjoy the best attention.
The overarching goals of NDP4, which ends in March 2017, are high and sustained economic growth, employment creation and increased income equality in the country.
NDP4 identified priority sectors include, logistics, tourism, manufacturing and agriculture.