More than 150 stakeholders will, over the next two days, participate in a country assessment and national prioritisation workshop on the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica.
The participants include members of the public and private sectors, civil society, academia and the international development community.
Slated for the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston from April 11 to 12, the forum is organised and hosted by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Planning, and the Office of the Cabinet. It forms part of the process to prepare the second Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF) for Vision 2030, for the 2012 to 2015 period.
PIOJ Plan Review Consultant and Coordinator of the Workshop, Curline Beckford, told JIS News that the primary purpose of the forum “is to arrive at consensus on the main development issues and challenges to be addressed over the next medium-term period,” including articulating the “key national priorities and related strategies for the next three years, within the context of a new MTF".
Among the highlights of the workshop, Mrs. Beckford informed will be the presentation and review of a preliminary Vision 2030 Jamaica progress report for the 2009 to 2012 period, to among other things, look at issues and challenges arising, and determine how these can be effectively addressed, going forward.
Financial Secretary, Dr. Wesley Hughes; Director, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies, Professor Brian Meeks; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashya; and Vision 2030 Programme Director, Richard Lumsden, will be among the main speakers.
Vision 2030 Jamaica provides a comprehensive planning framework in which the economic, social, environmental and governance aspects of national development are articulated, and is expected to position Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030, thereby making it “the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business”.
It is being implemented through a series of seven consecutive three-year MTFs, the first of which commenced in 2009 and ends this year. The second cycle is slated to run from 2012 to 2015.
The 2009 to 2012 MTF outlined priorities under six National Outcomes: security and safety; a stable macro-economy; a strong economic infrastructure; world class education and training; and effective governance.
The MTF also recognizes supporting priorities under five National Outcomes: an enabling business environment; internationally competitive industry structures; hazard risk reduction and adaptation to climate change; effective social protection; and authentic and transformational culture.
By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter