The National Development Plan, under the leadership of Minister Kenyeh Barlay from the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, has recently undergone a significant expansion. This announcement was made during the weekly press briefing of the Ministry of Information. Originally designed for a 5-year duration, the plan will now unfold over 7 years, spanning from January 2024 to December 2030. This adjustment aligns the plan with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) deadline.
Minister Barlay underscored the inclusive nature of the planning process, involving input from over 8,000 individuals nationwide. The National Plan reflects the aspirations of the people and is strategically shaped by the “big five” game changers outlined by His Excellency Dr. Julius Maada Bio. Minister Barlay debunked perceptions of the Feed Salone Project as a mere political maneuver, emphasizing its crucial role in driving economic development. Given that agriculture accounts for 50% of the country’s GDP, the project aims to further enhance this contribution.
The success of the National Development Plan is anchored in five pivotal enablers: Economic Diversification, Governance, Climate Resilience, Gender Mainstream Financing, and Implementation and Resource Mobilization.