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Cabinet on Monday (Nov. 17), approved the draft Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan and Medium Term Socio-Economic Framework (MTF) 2009-2012.
This follows the March 2007 Cabinet directive, that the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), prepare a long-term development plan, which by 2030, would advance the country’s strategic objectives to achieve developed country status.
Based on a comprehensive vision and measured against international indicators, the Plan puts Jamaica on a development path in key areas such as education, health care, basic amenities, nutritional status, income levels, access to environmental goods and services, civility and social order.
As set out in a Ministry Paper, tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Nov. 18), Vision 2030 articulates four national goals.
These are that: Jamaicans are empowered to achieve their fullest potential; the society is secure, cohesive and just; the economy is prosperous, and that development is in harmony with the country’s national environment. The selection of these goals and the design of the associated outcomes, strategies and programmes, collectively comprise a new approach to development in Jamaica, which is broad in scope, particularly in design and implementation, is long-term and transformational.
Thirty-two sector plans, drawing on the technical skills, expertise and experience of a wide cross-section of the society, became the foundation for the preparation of the integrated draft Plan prepared by the PIOJ.
It incorporates the policy statements and priorities of the Government, the outcome of the Government of Jamaica/private sector national planning summit, and the medium-term outlook as set out in the national budget. In order to engage the wider society, and to facilitate awareness-building, the PIOJ has, since the Plan was launched in October 2007, made several presentations to interest groups in the society and has also embarked on a series of island-wide consultations.
The MTF, according to the Ministry Paper, provides the opportunity to accelerate the pace of national development over the next three years, through identification and implementation of priority strategies, programmes, and projects that will generate high impact in the medium-term, while supporting progress toward Jamaica’s long-term goals. Implementation will involve the efforts of a wide range of stakeholders at the sectoral levels by ministries, departments and agencies of Government, as well as non government organisations, community-based groups and the private sector.
The final Vision 2030 Jamaica document, is to be ready in time for presentation to Cabinet and tabling in the Houses of Parliament in April 2009. This will follow the implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy to convey the plan to all stakeholders, to ensure feedback, buy-in and participation and ownership.
There will be the strengthening of capacity within the ministries, agencies, and departments, to address implementation and monitoring of Vision 2030 and the MTF, including the development of an effective management information system, for the timely provision of data and information on selected indicators and strategies.