NDPC finalizing 40-year National Development Plan

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) is in the process of finalizing the outline of a 40-year National Development Plan (2018-2057) for Ghana.

Key to the 40-year National Development Plan is the development of human capital and land reforms.

The development of the Plan will be informed by other development plans such as the 20-year Spatial Development Plan for Ghana, 30-year National Infrastructural Plan for Ghana, 50-year African Union’s Agenda (2013-2063) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) (2016-2030).

Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, Director-General, NDPC, disclosed this at a technical consultations session in Accra on Tuesday with Civil Society Groups on the preparation of a long-term National Development Plan for Ghana.

He described the response from the public in reaction to the idea of a long-term development plan for the country as overwhelmingly positive.

Dr. Thompson outlined the elements in Ghana’s 30-year Infrastructural Plan as comprising mobility, utilities, internet connectivity, capacity building, modern facilities and financing strategies, adding that NDPC would, this year, host an international conference on financing infrastructure.

He said the 40-year National Development Plan would be flexible enough for any government to draw up its own medium-term plans towards achieving the vision and goals of the plan, which are based on the Constitution and in particular, the Directive Principles of State Policy.

On the way forward, he said, NDPC would strive to further deepen consultations on the development of the 40-year National Development Plan to include consultations at the district level, consultations with identifiable groups and young people while using a more aggressive communications strategy to disseminate the process and content of the Plan.

The meeting provided the platform for identifiable groups such as political parties and Civil Society Groups to make inputs into the plan and to commit to the implementation of the plan.

Topics discussed in syndicate group sessions were ‘Economic Development’, ‘Social Development’, ‘Environment and Spatial Development’, ‘Governance and Institutional Modernization’ and ‘Ghana’s role in the International Community’.

The NDPC is a body created by articles 86 and 87 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution and established by Acts 479 and 480 with the mandate to advise the President on development planning policy and strategy.

NDPC makes proposals for the development of multi-year rolling plans, taking into consideration the resource potential and comparative advantage of the different districts of the country.

Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)

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