Gambia validates NDP annual progress report

Friday, August 09, 2019

Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and stakeholders, Wednesday validated the 2018 annual progress report of the National Development Plan (NDP) to give stakeholders the opportunity to review the preliminary findings and corresponding recommendations of the submitted draft of the annual progress report.

The event was held at a local hotel in Senegambia and was graced by stakeholders from different departments.

Permanent secretary at the ministry of finance Mod Secka highlighted that as a national document, the NDP outlines the priority needs of the government in the medium term and embodies the aspiration of all stakeholders, including youth, women, farmers, the private sector, school children, the diaspora, the poor and the vulnerable.

“Successful implementation of the NDP will ensure the realization of inclusive development and by extension contribute to the attainment of our global and regional commitments such as sustainable development goals and the Africa agenda 2063.”

He explained that with respect to the eight strategic priorities, the report found that strong progress was registered in tourism with 100% on track, government 70%, private sector 60% and infrastructure and energy 60%.

“Two other strategic  priorities made average progress on human capital with 40% on track and macro economy with 25%; while the remaining two priorities made slower progress with relatively higher proportion of outcomes rated constrained. Agriculture and fisheries made 17% on track and 83% constrained.

Aissata De, United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative explained that the draft report indicate that the initial assessment of achievements and progress shows that as at 31 December 2018, out of the 62 outcomes of the NDP, only 3% registered some progress but were constrained.

He added that the objective of the validation will facilitate the active participation of all stakeholders in putting into the draft progress report. “The NDP 2018-2019, is the country’s first development blueprint following the transition to democratic rule in December 2016.”

Author: Pa Modou Cham