(JollofNews) – ) – President Adama Barrow has today officially launched the National Development Plan (NDP) running from 2018 to 2021, with a resounding pledge to transforming the tiny West African nation into “a more progressive, vibrant and all-inclusive society.”
Adama Barrow Launches Gambia’s National Development Plan
“Successful implementation of the NDP will ensure achievement of Government’s medium term development aspirations. It will also contribute to realisation of our global and regional commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and African Union (AU) Agenda 2063,” said the Gambian leader during a ceremony held under the Grand Tent at State House, Banjul.
Gambia is emerging from two decades of dictatorship marred by malgovernance that has plunged the economic sector into a complete lethargy. As development partners have renewed their commitment to support the new regime, the Barrow administration is pushing ahead with a development agenda that is expected to achieve a major milestone for the country.
He took the opportunity to indicate that his government inherited “frustrations and lack of opportunities” for the young people.
“This has driven thousands of our young people to undertake the risky journey, across the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better future,” he said.
He then added that many Diaspora Gambians were forced to flee the country for fear of persecution, “depriving the country of vital human capital and resources needed to fuel the growth for economic and social transformation of our society.”
However, Barrow said since coming to power, his government has undertaken many measures to address these challenges. Among the measures, we have urgently worked to stabilize the economy, restore public confidence in Government, strengthen democratic institutions and address the energy crisis.
“That is why I tasked my Government to draw up a new National Development Plan (NDP) to provide greater clarity and focus for government action, citizens’ engagement and also for our development partners who are eager and stand ready to assist us,” he said.
Backed by a financing strategy, he revealed it would help to clearly articulate the financing arrangements for the effective implementation of NDP.
President Bartow expressed hope that Gambians will make happen as there is a popular demand to transform the country to better socio-economic conditions.
“With commitments and exercise of professionalisms in the way we manage government affairs, the developmental outcomes of this plan will be realized as outlined.”
Source: State House