Vanuatu Begins Consultation On Sustainable Development Plan

Draft 15 years plan is two years in the making

By Jonas Cullwick

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, May 16, 2016) – After more than two years and significant dialogue on the new cycle of government national planning process, the Prime Minister’s Office through the Department of Strategic Planning, Policy and Aid Coordination (DSPPAC) is embarking on a provincial consultation process this week with the aim of generating feedback on the draft National Sustainable Development Plan (2016-2030).

The draft plan consultation has so far drawn some good reactions from certain quarters.

According to the President of the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs (MNCC), Chief Tirsupe Senimao, "…plan yia hemi soem stret reality we i stap lo kantry blo yumi we yumi luk save oltaem relevance we kastom mo kalja i ple lo wan wan laef blo yumi mo lo development…"

Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) was more cautious recommending "Christian Principles" as the basis for Vanuatu’s 15-year development plan. The Vanuatu National Youth Council (VNYC) and other members of Civil Society commended the government for its inclusivity as expressed in the draft document, particularly for young people, children, women and the physically and mentally challenged.

The National Sustainable Development Plan (2016-2030) will be the highest-level government planning document for the next 15 years. It will inform all new government ministry and sector planning, and will guide the overall strategic direction of government activities to ensure we meet our long-term national vision of a "Stable, Sustainable and Prosperous Vanuatu".

The team comprising mainly of officers from DSPPAC accompanied by officers from National Statistics Office will commence the provincial consultation starting next week in Sanma and Malampa Provinces followed by Torba and Penama, Tafea and Shefa.

The following are dates and locations where consultations will take place in Sanma and Malampa provinces: On Santo — at Luganvillein Santo on Tuesday, May 17 at 9am; Ipayato on Wednesday May 18 at 9am; and Hog Harbour on Thursday May 19 at 9am; and Lakatoro, Malekula on Tuesday 24 May at 9am.

It is expected that this 15-year National Sustainable Development Plan will be formalised by the last quarter of 2016.

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