Issue No. 38/2020 – Wednesday, 23 September 2020 (Kitiona Tausi)
Government has begun the process of developing the next National Strategy for Sustainable Development Plan (NSSD) for Tuvalu as the current development plan (Kakeega III) will end its life at the end of this year 2020.
Addressing a gathering of senior government directorate in a first consultation on the new development plan, Minister of Finance, Hon Seve Paeniu said “the delay in the development of the new development plan has been caused by unforeseen circumstances and especially the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Kakeega III has been able to achieve some very good results but there were also goals that have not been achieved,” said Hon. Paeniu.
TKIII is a five-year plan (2016 – 2020) and the document itself contains 110 pages.
The new plan, according to Hon. Paeniu will be a 10-year plan and the document itself should not be more than 20 pages. He said the new plan which will have a different name will contain only key priorities and strategies.
There were more than 100 participants in this first consultation from government, corporations, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.
Commenting on the Vision of the Plan, Hon Paeniu said, the vision in the Kakeega III is too long and he suggested that the vision for this new plan should be short that could be memorised.
In his comments about the name of the plan, he said “we’ve had three past plans including the current plan being named ‘Kakeega’ and he said a new name is most welcomed.”
Hon Paeniu also said that because of time constraints it may not be possible to invite representatives from the outer islands for a public consultation on the capital nor for the task-force to have consultations with island communities on the capital.
After setting out the context for the consultation, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Faivatala Lee Moresi further explained about the aim of the consultation saying “it is what we want Tuvalu to look like in 10 years’ time.”
The local consultant of the project is the Rt. Hon Bikenibeu Paeniu, a former Prime Minister of Tuvalu said although outer island communities cannot participate in the consultation, he said the reports of each Island’s Strategic Plan (ISP) can be used by the taskforce in the formulation of the plan.