Gov­ern­ment’s Medium Term De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy Fo­cuses on Six Key Areas

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.”

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