Corner on Comium building along Kairaba Avenue, have recently hosted a
leadership Cafe’ with officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economic
Affairs, on the theme “Understanding the National Development Plan.”
Organisers believe that young people are the future change maker that was why the leadership café targets and sensitise them to understand and get use to the National Development Plan.
More than fifty young people have participated in the event, with presenters including graduates from the University of The Gambia and chairman of the University’s Inter-School Alliance for Change, Abdoulie Kebbeh.
Internship program coordinator Ousman Touray challenged the youth to effectively engage the officials for in-depth understanding of the NDP.
Modou Mboob, an American Corner staff said the dialogue will create greater understanding between young people and authorities, particularly on in issues that are core to development.
Marie Bah, a senior planner at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs gave a detailed history of development plans in The Gambia from 1964, zeroing her discussion on the NDP 2018 - 2021, highlighting the eight strategic objectives and the seven critical enablers as benchmarks to keep track of the progresses made in the implementation of the objectives of the NDP.
Richard Gomez, senior planner at the ministry’s directorate of development and planning highlighted the gains made under the strategic objectives, such as reduction in inflation rate, number of budget supports and the recently launched Rice Value Chain Development and the Small Ruminants projects.
Director of the directorate of planning at finance ministry, Alagie Fadera outlined the ministry’s role in providing enough sensitisation at the grassroots level in the development of the NDP.
Mr. Fadera also dilated on the relationship between his ministry and institutions such as The Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) in addressing the challenges related to inadequate statistical capacities to report data as the implementation of the NDP progresses.