Vanuatu PM Launches ‘Vanuatu 2030’ Sustainable Development Plan

Plan builds on 2006-2015 Priorities and Action Agenda, new balance between the ‘three pillars’ of development encompassing Society, Environment and the Economy

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, January 21, 2017) – Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has launched ‘Vanuatu 2030’, the country’s new National Sustainable Development Plan.

The launching event for the Government’s 15-year development roadmap took place on Wednesday, the 18th of January 2017 at the National Convention Centre in Port Vila.

It outlines steps for delivering on the national vision to achieve ‘a Stable, Sustainable and Prosperous Vanuatu.’

The plan builds on the progress made and lessons learned under the Priorities and Action Agenda (PAA), which guided Vanuatu’s development efforts between 2006 and 2015 which also coincided with the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

When approaching the task of developing a plan as the successor to the Priorities Action Agenda, there was a concerted effort to strike a new balance between the ‘three pillars’ of development encompassing Society, Environment and the Economy, which was seen to be lacking in previous government plans.

However, the most notable development has been the inclusion of a culture and kastom at the heart of the document, which was prominent in discussions around the initial stages of writing the plan and was also reaffirmed during extensive public consultations.

In his keynote address, the Prime Minister said “I like to think of the structure as a large nakamal with the three pillars holding up the roof and the foundation is our culture and kastom.” Adding that inside this nakamal “is where the important discussions on our development agenda should take place.”

The Prime minister went on to thank those who took part in the intensive nationwide consultations that convened communities, provincial governments, private sector, and civil society that “helped to deliver a document which is truly ‘The People’s Plan.’”

In his speech, PM Salwai also challenged the representatives of development partners present to engage with ‘Vanuatu 2030’ as a tool to encourage closer alignment of government and donor resources, and to work together “in a true partnership” to deliver on the aspirations of the people of Vanuatu.

He also thanked the staff of the Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination (DSPPAC) who had led the process to develop ‘Vanuatu 2030’.

Gregoire Nimbtik, the Director of DSPPAC who was responsible for overseeing the final stages of the putting together the document said that, “with the launch of ‘Vanuatu 2030’ there is still the need to build more on awareness, institutional capacity, government mechanisms and processes to materialise our plans and policies”.

Work to address these gaps, and on implementing the new development agenda is expected to start immediately.

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