National development plan to be reviewed

August 14th, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The National Planning Commission (NPC) said it will review aspects of the National Development Plan (NDP) in order to address the country’s current difficulties in the economy, weaknesses in the state and social ills and challenges affecting communities.

President Cyril Ramaphosa held discussions with the NPC, whose term expires in September 2019. The commission’s focus is on long-term development issues in the country, with the implementation of the NDP as the its immediate concern. This was the first NPC meeting with the President in the current political term and the first since Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu became chair of the commission, supported by Prof Malekgapuru Makgoba as deputy chairperson.

The commission is in the process of reviewing progress in, as well as non-implementation in certain areas of, the NDP with a view to achieving better results in implementing the plan. It will investigate the capacity and capability of the state to measure implementation of NDP. The review will also touch on better alignment between the national budget and implementation of the NDP.

The commission has focused on the priorities set out by the president in his June 2019 State of the Nation Address, and has developed indicators that will track progress in the creation of employment for young people; reduction in unemployment rates; support given to township and rural enterprises; the acceleration of land reform, with clear property rights; climate change resilience; the implementation of spectrum licensing; the restructuring of Eskom; new approaches to infrastructure development and increases in local procurement.

The commission will also look at the country’s performance in terms of increasing public and private investment; the roll-out of a new industrial policy; expansion of trade with African markets and the doubling of tourist arrivals by 2030.

President Ramaphosa reaffirmed the National Development Plan as the country’s development blueprint, but said periodic reviews and adjustments that responded to pressing realities were welcome. The president also invited the commission to address government proactively on weaknesses in the public sector as and when those weaknesses were identified.

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