by Larry Smith
I think most of us would agree that the country could do with a strategic plan that looks beyond our five-year electoral cycles and pushes the public sector to deliver.
As the Inter-American Development Bank notes, “without such a strategy, policies, programmes and investments (are) decided on an ad hoc basis, and (are) vulnerable to short-term political pressure."
So the IDB has agreed to fund the development of our national plan - backed by a central planning unit in the Office of the Prime Minister - with a $450,000 grant.
This project will provide the basis for "a modern investment management system and road map for informing future public and private investment decisions,” the IDB said.
The prerequisites for success are political will combined with technical focus. But as we know only too well, the politicians who oversee planning processes are generally "fickle, moveable and largely interested in satisfying their power constituencies."
That caveat - plus the lack of institutional capacities - are big reasons why we never bothered to develop and implement a long-term strategic plan. But this is now a very fashionable thing, and almost every country has one.