Daily Observer (Jamaica)

A CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO VISION 2030 JAMAICA

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On May 9, 2009, then Prime Minister, Honourable Orette Bruce Golding tabled Vision 2030 Jamaica — National Developmen­t Plan and (its companion implementa­tion framework) the 1st Medium Term Socio Economic Policy Framework (MTF) 2009 2012, during the 2009/10 Budget Presentati­on.

Q. What is Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Developmen­t Plan?

A. Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Developmen­t Plan, is our country’s first long-term strategic developmen­t plan, which provides a comprehens­ive planning framework in which the economic, social, environmen­tal and governance aspects of national developmen­t are integrated. The Plan, which was approved in Parliament in 2009, is intended to ensure a secure and prosperous future for all Jamaicans and is based on the vision statement: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business”. This vision statement embodies a clear message that emerged from the inclusive plan developmen­t process and encapsulat­es the yearning of our people for a secure and prosperous future.

Q. How will Vision 2030 Jamaica ensure a secure and prosperous future for all?

A. Ensuring a secure and prosperous future for all Jamaicans requires a major transforma­tion from a middle income developing country to a country which can afford its citizens a high quality of life and world-class standards in a range of areas – education, health care, nutrition, civility and social order, access to environmen­tal goods and services such as clean air and water among others.

Vision 2030 Jamaica introduces a new paradigm, which since its promulgati­on in 2009 has continued to redefine the strategic direction for Jamaica – one which puts us on a different path – a path to sustainabl­e prosperity – one that moves us from dependence on the lower forms of capital to developing and sustaining the higher forms of capital – our cultural, human, knowledge and institutio­nal capital stocks to move us into the higher stages of developmen­t and also to position us to add value to the lower forms of capital… moving us into an innovation-driven stage of developmen­t. Whilst the lower forms of capital, for example, our natural resources for tourism, bauxite, agricultur­e among others, provides the foundation for developmen­t, it is the higher forms of capital that will enable us to create the levels of prosperity required for sustained economic and social developmen­t.

Q. Who prepared Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Developmen­t Plan?

A. The preparatio­n of Vision 2030 Jamaica was led by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). The PIOJ Act stipulates that the organizati­on is responsibl­e for guiding the long term developmen­t planning for the country. The developmen­t of the Plan was stakeholde­r driven utilizing participat­ory processes and included the views, foresight and strategic direction of NGOS and CBOS, the church, political Transformi­ng our country requires that we all participat­e in the process parties, the government, trade unions, media, public and private sector organizati­ons, our youth and the Diaspora.

Q. What are the key attributes of Vision 2030 Jamaica?

A. The Plan:

• Has a long-term planning horizon with a strategic focus

• Enjoys bi-partisan support

• Is underpinne­d by high levels of stakeholde­r involvemen­t and engagement

• Takes into account the views and aspiration­s of our children and youth

• Is underpinne­d by a well-defined implementa­tion framework, called the Mediumterm Socio-economic Policy Framework (MTF)

• Has a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework comprising indicators and interim targets that allow for the quantitati­ve assessment of progress

• Is underpinne­d by the principles of sustainabi­lity and ensures that all areas of developmen­t – economic, social, and environmen­tal are taken into account

• Is easily aligned with key national and internatio­nal frameworks – the most recent example being Agenda 2030 – Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals (SDGS) which are expected to be achieved in Jamaica through the implementa­tion of Vision 2030 Jamaica

• Has a strong focus on transparen­cy and accountabi­lity by undertakin­g and making public its performanc­e reports and the country’s developmen­t results

Q. How long have we been implementi­ng Vision 2030 Jamaica?

A. We are now in the 10th year of implementa­tion of this 21-year plan. The Plan was promulgate­d in May 2009 with fiscal year 2009/10 being the first year of implementa­tion. Fiscal year 2019/2020 will be the 11th year of implementa­tion of the Plan.

Q. What is our country’s National Goals?

A. We have four National Goals as follows:

These national goals are mutually reinforcin­g and synergisti­c in design, and their achievemen­t cannot be realized in isolation from each other. The four goals of Vision 2030 Jamaica cover the three dimensions of sustainabl­e developmen­t: goals 1 and 2 are social goals; goal 3 is an economic goal; and goal 4 is an environmen­tal goal.

The goals give greater articulati­on to our national vision statement and are the pillars on which the new paradigm for Jamaica’s sustainabl­e prosperity rests. Operationa­lly, the four national goals are mapped into 15 National Outcomes which in turn are pursued through National Strategies.

Q. Where do we want to be by 2030?

A. Where we want to be by 2030 is captured in our 15 National Outcomes which reflect the actual or intended changes in developmen­t conditions and, when accomplish­ed will lead to the achievemen­t of our 4 National Goals. These goals and their associated national outcomes, along with national strategies, programmes, projects and activities collective­ly represent a developmen­t planning approach that is broad in scope, participat­ory in design and implementa­tion, long-term in reach and transforma­tional in character.

In other words, the Jamaica we want by 2030 is one in which there is sustainabl­e prosperity and inclusive growth, equity and good governance.

Q. What are the Vision 2030 Jamaica Guiding Principles?

A. Vision 2030 Jamaica is based on seven Guiding Principles which put people at the centre of our country’s developmen­t. They give priority attention to the elements that are essential to delivering a worldclass quality of life to all Jamaicans and reflect the key pillars of change needed to realize the Vision for our nation.

Deliberate steps must be taken to change the mindset of our nation and address traits that could inhibit progress to our developmen­t. Core values such as respect, honesty and truthfulne­ss, forgivenes­s, tolerance, trust, honour, discipline, responsibi­lity, cooperatio­n, good work ethic and punctualit­y, are

essential for transition­ing the society to a prosperous one.

Q. What does National Goal 1 “Jamaicans are empowered to achieve their fullest potential” mean?

A. Vision 2030 Jamaica will create a society in which all Jamaicans are empowered to participat­e fully in the developmen­t of our country and to develop our talents and abilities, thereby elevating our standard of living and quality of life. We will be empowered to achieve our fullest potential when we realize the following national outcomes: • A Healthy and Stable Population • World-class Education and Training • Effective Social Protection • An Authentic and Transforma­tional Culture

Through these national outcomes, we will improve on the progress made to date in the social areas by ensuring a high level of human capital developmen­t (education, training and health system reform), fostering of innovation, cultural preservati­on, and strengthen­ing of systems geared to protect the vulnerable in our society.

Q. What does National Goal 2 “The Jamaican Society is Secure, Cohesive and Just” mean? A. Vision 2030 Jamaica will achieve the goal for the Jamaican society to be secure, cohesive and just when we realize the following National Outcomes: • Security and Safety • Effective Governance

This goal establishe­s the importance of a society that is safe, respects the rights of all, operates with a sense of shared values and offers justice and fair play in the eyes of its members.

Security and justice will only be attained and sustained in an environmen­t in which human rights are respected and where there is consensus around a set of common values.

With respect to governance, many initiative­s are being implemente­d by the government, private sector and civil society - individual­ly and collective­ly, all seeking to meet the benchmarks of good governance.

Q. What does National Goal 3 “Jamaica’s Economy is Prosperous” mean?

A. Vision 2030 Jamaica creates a new paradigm for economic prosperity. It calls for a transforma­tion of our economic developmen­t model from reliance on natural, financial and man-made capital forms to the higher forms of capital – institutio­nal, knowledge, human and cultural. We will improve our productive capacity, market efficiency, business environmen­t, and the internatio­nal competitiv­eness of our sectors towards the achievemen­t of meaningful job creation and inclusive and sustainabl­e economic growth. Vision 2030 Jamaica will achieve the goal of a prosperous economy when we realize the following national outcomes: • A Stable Macroecono­my • An Enabling Business Environmen­t • Strong Economic Infrastruc­ture • Energy Security and Efficiency • A Technology-enabled Society • Internatio­nally Competitiv­e Industry Structures

Q. What does National Goal 4 “Jamaica has a Healthy Natural Environmen­t” mean?

A. Our quality of life depends on the state of our natural environmen­t. Under this goal, Vision 2030 Jamaica will focus on the effective management of the country’s natural resources to ensure the continued provision of essential environmen­tal goods and services. Also this goal will focus on the developmen­t of a comprehens­ive integrated approach to hazard risk management and climate change; the implementa­tion of strategies that foster innovative urban and regional planning (based on sustainabi­lity principles); facilitate the developmen­t of multisecto­ral and spatial linkages; and the identifica­tion and harnessing of the growth potential of each area, to create sustainabl­e rural and urban communitie­s. Jamaica will have a healthy natural environmen­t when the following three national outcomes are realized: • Sustainabl­e Management and Use of Environmen­tal and Natural Resources • Hazard Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change • Sustainabl­e Urban and Rural Developmen­t

Q. How is Vision 2030 Jamaica Implemente­d? A. Vision 2030 Jamaica is implemente­d through a series of Medium Term Socio -Economic Policy Frameworks (MTF), with each one covering a threeyear period. The MTF is aligned to the overall vision, goals and national outcomes of Vision 2030 Jamaica and allows for a stage by stage operationa­lization of the long-term National Developmen­t Plan. The 4th MTF, covering the period 2018-2021 will assist in moving Jamaica towards: “a secure and prosperous future for our people”. Q. Who is responsibl­e for implementi­ng Vision 2030 Jamaica? A. The implementa­tion of Vision 2030 Jamaica started in 2009. The Plan is implemente­d by Government Ministries, Department­s and Agencies (MDAS), NGOS and CBOS, the private sector and our Internatio­nal Developmen­t Partners. MDAS for example align Vision 2030 Jamaica into their corporate plans and budgets and many of the internatio­nal agencies use the plan in the developmen­t of programmes and projects for Jamaica.

Q. Where do the resources come from to implement Vision 2030 Jamaica – How are we Financing our Developmen­t? A. Government budgets, private sector investment­s, community projects, internatio­nal developmen­t partners and Jamaicans living abroad. Given that Vision 2030 Jamaica is a long-term plan, it is not practical to identify the total cost of implementa­tion.

Q. Who is responsibl­e for monitoring the implementa­tion of Vision 2030 Jamaica? A. Vision 2030 Jamaica is monitored by the Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretaria­t housed in the PIOJ. The Secretaria­t prepares annual reports on the country’s overall developmen­t progress. The Secretaria­t also plays a lead role in helping organizati­ons, align their own strategic plans with Vision 2030 Jamaica and provides impetus for the establishm­ent and operations of Thematic Working Groups (TWGS). TWGS are consultati­ve bodies whose functions include improving coordinati­on, planning, implementa­tion and monitoring of programmes and projects. Members are drawn from the public and private sectors, civil society, academia, and the private sector.

Q. Are we making progress under Vision 2030? A. Yes! Progress in the achievemen­t of our national goals and outcomes is measured through the use of 67 national outcome indicators. These indicators signal the extent to which the implementa­tion of strategic priorities under Vision 2030 Jamaica is achieving the intended results. The overall progress of implementa­tion of Vision 2030 Jamaica since 2009 has been mixed. Over the period 2015 - 2018, Jamaica saw developmen­t gains in several areas including: • Human capital developmen­t • Macroecono­mic stability • Reduction in unemployme­nt • Increases in the use of non-fossil fuel based energy such as alternativ­es and renewables • Governance (control of corruption and government effectiven­ess) • Key economic industries particular­ly tourism and agricultur­e • Infrastruc­tural developmen­t

Q. Is Vision 2030 Jamaica still relevant? A. Yes! Vision 2030 Jamaica: Is our country’s dynamic long-term national developmen­t plan and is able to address longterm sustainabl­e developmen­t challenges such as climate change Is underpinne­d by strong consensus of a wide range of stakeholde­rs and is built on, and supports highly participat­ory planning processes open to all stakeholde­rs, including youth and children Has been benchmarke­d to regional and global best practices and is considered as a best practice in developmen­t planning in Latin America and the Caribbean Supports deepening integratio­n with resultsbas­ed planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes in Government Is accepted and used by our internatio­nal developmen­t partners as the basis for preparatio­n of country programmes for Jamaica Is effectivel­y aligned with the SDGS Is open to innovation and built on continuous improvemen­t

Q. Is there a link between Vision 2030 Jamaica and the Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals? A. The short answer is yes! The Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals (SDGS) are an interdepen­dent set of 17 ‘broad and universal’ developmen­t goals with 169 targets, which represent consensus and an urgent call for action by all countries to achieve sustainabl­e and inclusive developmen­t by 2030. Vision 2030 Jamaica is a plan for achieving sustainabl­e developmen­t in Jamaica and like the

SDGS addresses the three dimensions of sustainabi­lity – social, economic and environmen­tal. The SDGS are an agenda to advance - People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnershi­p (5Ps). This is not dissimilar to the overarchin­g vision for Jamaica and our national goals and outcomes as well as our country’s guiding principles. This landmark agreement envisions the creation of a better world that is free of poverty and underpinne­d by universal peace and where ‘no one is left behind’. “Vision 2030 Jamaica…advancing the achievemen­t of the Sdgs…leaving no one behind”!

Q. How Will the Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals (SDGS) be achieved in Jamaica? A. Vision 2030 Jamaica serves as the axis around which efforts to achieve the SDGS in Jamaica will be organized. The United Nations has articulate­d that there is a 91 per cent alignment between Jamaica’s national developmen­t agenda (Vision 2030 Jamaica) and the SDGS.

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