by Linda Straker
- National development plan date changed from 2030 to 2035
- Second round of public consultations from 8-28 January 2019
- Secretariat headed by Peron Johnson
Grenada has changed the projected date for the national development plan from 2030 to 2035 and has embarked on a series of community consultations aimed at getting ideas that can contribute toward the development plan.
The National Plan will identify strategic priorities to address crucial social, economic, environmental and other challenges that undermine Grenada’s development. “The ultimate aim of the National Plan is to fundamentally improve the way we live, work, interact, and treat our natural environment,” according to an information leaflet from the National Secretariat for the Development Plan.
“It envisions that by 2035, Grenada will be a resilient and prosperous nation, with a conscious and caring citizenry, promoting human dignity and realising our full potential through sustainable economic and social progress for all.”
The National Plan is expected to put in place a systematic framework for more effective development planning for future generations. “It will benefit Grenadians by putting forward strategic development priorities and policies identified by Grenadians to make Grenada a better country for all who live and work here.”
The plan will be identifying pathways to, among others:
- empower Grenadians to see themselves as being capable of achieving greatness;
- change mindsets towards possibilities and away from limitations;
- elevate our level of consciousness, patriotism, spirituality and care for each other;
- strengthen communities, reduce inequality, and promote social justice;
- transform our economy to make it more competitive, productive, and dynamic to expand opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship;
- better preserve and protect our natural environment, and
- strengthen governance and institutions.
The second round of public consultations will occur from 8-28 January 2019 and will be done islandwide. The first is on 8 January in the parish of St David.
The secretariat which was previously headed by former ambassador and civil servant Raphael Joseph is now headed by Peron Johnson. Joseph retired from the service in late 2018.