16 Aug 2016 10:30am
OSHAKATI, 16 AUG (NAMPA) - A plan is an effective development tool, but only when potential beneficiaries help to shape such a plan, Minister of Economic Planning Tom Alweendo has said.
Speaking during the Oshana regional Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) consultative meeting here on Monday, he said they have also learned that plan implementation is more effective when those who are responsible for the implementation have had a fair share of putting the plan together.
The overall lesson, Alweendo said, is a need for total ownership of a development plan by all stakeholders.
That is why we have decided to hold consultative meetings in all 14 regions in the country and that is why we are here today with you, the minister pointed out.
The NDP5 will be launched in April 2017 as NDP4 comes to an end in March 2017.
Alweendo, who is also director-general of National Planning Commission (NPC), said it is the desire of the commission that at the end of the consultation process, Namibia will have a plan that is relevant, realistic and practical.
The NPC wishes for a development plan that is informed by facts and logic; a plan developed with careful thought and not blinkered by the past.
While it is important to be guided by the past, it is equally more important to be rooted in the realities of present possibilities and be driven by our vision of a Namibia that stands tall on the global stage a Namibia where each and every citizen is afforded a fair opportunity to achieve her or his potential, Alweendo emphasised.
Speaking at the same meeting, Oshana Region Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa suggested that NDP5 should assist in regional poverty eradication, creation of employment and wealth redistribution, as well as industrial development.
He indicated that energy, water, health and transport are some of the priority sectors that should be the focus of NDP5 in his region.
Regional and local authority councillors, heads of departments and representatives of the private sector, youth bodies and civil organisations from all over the region participated in the meeting.