Government’s Medium Term Development Strategy Focuses on Six Key Areas
Senior public officers from across all ministries, private sector personnel and representatives from civil society organisations converged at the Royalton Hotel for a two-week strategizing session dubbed St. Lucia Social and Economic Labs.
Phillip Dalsou, Permanent Secretary in the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation said this exercise represents a continuation of a process started in April of this year when the Cabinet of Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, senior public officers and the private sector agreed on six priority areas that the country should focus on over the next four years: tourism, agriculture, Infrastructure, healthcare, education and crime.
Dalsou said, “We expect that through a collaborative and cooperative approach we can develop solutions, and the emphasis is on solutions because far too often we place far more emphasis on blame and what we want to do is to solve some of the critical problems in those priority sectors.” He stressed that the output of this exercise will not be another report but to develop detailed implementation plans for each priority sector, adding: “It is expected that these plans will be incorporated into the budget process for 2019-2020.”
Contracted to lead this process is PEMANDU Associates, a global management consulting company focused on government transformation, business turnaround and strategic communication. Chris Chew, its Engagement Manager for the Economic and Social Labs said the ultimate goal is to identify game changers in the six priority areas: “And so over the next two weeks what will be happening here is we will be detailing out what these game changers are meant to be like. What are the problems facing them? How can we unblock those problems and ultimately what are the recommendations we need to make for our senior leadership to move forward? So the most important thing for every participant who comes here is we need to be ready to participate. Nobody is a silent listener. Nobody sits at the back watching or listening without contributing. Everybody is a contributor to this exercise.”
He emphasized what the public could expect from the development of the medium term development strategy: “The goal of this strategy is basically to deliver GDP growth of 4 to 5 per cent, job creation and private investment, and within these three areas what people should be able to expect is a vibrant and robust economy, a government that can deliver on what it promises and on the projects that it commits to, and ultimately an improved social outcome.”