Nou Tout Ansanm
The 2020-2023 Medium Term Development Strategy, entitled “Economic Growth on the A.R.I.S.E. – Nou Tout Ansanm”, is a clarion call for collective action to drive Saint Lucia’s development agenda. It seeks to accentuate the interconnected nature of development planning by ensuring economic, social and environmental considerations are incorporated and mainstreamed into Saint Lucia’s national planning framework. Most importantly, the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation, the custodian of the MTDS, will aim to position it as the central mechanism to achieve national development policy objectives. This MTDS is not a stand-alone planning document. It draws inspiration from previous legacy national planning documents, such as the draft 2011-2015 Medium Term Development Strategic Plan and the National Vision Plan of 2008, to establish context and to situate itself within the broader continuum of Saint Lucia’s national development journey.
As a result, many of the issues highlighted in this document are similar to those in its predecessors, and structural nature of many of Saint Lucia’s challenges. However, the modality of delivery for the MTDS departs from the status quo in several ways. The document anticipates the term national planning and visioning document for Saint Lucia in the not too distant future. Hence, the MTDS is strategically and practically crafted with that reality in mind. As such, development pillars developed as part of the ongoing National Development Planning process for Saint Lucia are intentionally interwoven and integrated into the MTDS. This approach allows for the MTDS to be forward-looking while recognizing the current gaps in the planning landscape in Saint Lucia. Consequently, the MTDS is strategically positioned to serve as the main policy guiding document over the short to medium term planning horizon, complementing Saint Lucia’s National Development Plan framework which is the national development blueprint to achieve sustainable, inclusive, resilient and shared economic growth over a longer horizon.
The strategy incorporates several key lessons from the iterations of the development process that preceded this MTDS. However, it departs from the exclusive aspirational and vision-casting approach and presents pursued to achieve the articulated desired nationally-agreed macro and sectoral goals. The strategy acknowledges the perennial gap between policy aspiration, planning and implementation of development programmes and performance delivery. Thus the 2020-2023 MTDS embraces the Centre of Government (CoG) approach, to remedy the structural coordination, implementation and monitoring failures that impede performance and the delivery of value to the citizenry.
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