VARIOUS key stakeholders have been urged to actively participate in the formulation of the Eighth National Development Plan (8NDP).
National Development Planning Minister Alexander Chiteme made the call saying the Government values the participation and contribution of various stakeholders in the formulation the of national development plans.
Mr Minister was speaking during the official opening the National Development Coordinating Committee (NDCC) meeting.
He said the multi-sectoral contributions would enrich the contents of the 8NDP.
“In line with the National Planning and Budgeting policy of 2014 and the National Planning and Budgeting Act No.1 of 2020, Government has commenced the formulation of the Eight National Development Plan (8NDP),” Mr. Chiteme said.
“Currently, the process is at the third phase: the analysis and priority setting. This follows the development of the concept note as well as an issues paper, undertaken in 2020, which constituted the first and second phases, respectively. The analysis and priority setting phase will be followed by the drafting and validation phases, which will culminate into the approval of the plan by the national assembly in December 2021.”
He explained that the general macroeconomic framework and targets for the Economic Recovery Programme will feed into the 8NDP.
“The 8NDP and Economic Recovery Programme will be complementary,” Mr. Chiteme said.
Mr. Chiteme encouraged members of the NDCC, Cluster Advisory Groups, Provincial Development Coordinating Committees and District Development Coordinating Committees to make oral or written submissions when stakeholder consultations on the plan commence.
“The holding of the NDCC meetings demonstrate that despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the business of actualising the development aspirations of this country must still forge ahead,” he said.