NDP4 goals not met: Alweendo

08 Nov 2017 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 08 NOV (NAMPA) – The goals of the Fourth National Development Plant (NDP4) were not met, a terminal report on the development plan has revealed.
The report was tabled in the National Assembly (NA) by Minister of Economic Planning, Tom Alweendo on Tuesday.
The terminal report outlines the overall progress made towards the achievement of the NDP4 goals, desired outcomes and strategic initiatives.
It highlights some performance challenges experienced, lessons learned as well as recommendations to improve planning and implementation of development interventions.
“NDP4 was a development plan driven by a deep concern that things are not what they ought to be and by the desire to construct a sustainable economic future,” Alweendo said.
NPD4 covered the period 2012/13 to 2016/2017 and focussed on the logistics, tourism, manufacturing and agriculture sectors and its goals were to achieve high and sustained economic growth, increased income equality and employment creation.
He added that the plan adopted a sectoral approach, where lead ministries were to coordinate the implementation within their respective sectors.
“This approach turned out to be less than optimal and as a result the sectorial level of implementation was not always as cohesive as it possibly could have been,” he said.
Furthermore, sectors that did not perform well include transport and logistics, energy and manufacturing, which Alweendo attributed to budget constraints, a lack of capacity, drought and difficult economic conditions especially in 2016.
Minimal consultations with stakeholders took place in the formulation process of NDP4, resulting in limited private sector buy-in.
Furthermore, not all projects and programmes under priority sectors were funded during the NDP4 period, said Alweendo, who is also director-general of the National Planning Commission.
The report recommends that there should be an allocation of resources directed to sectors identified as priorities as well as to specific interventions within the sectors that are envisaged to bring about the expected changes.