Addis Abeba's draft five year strategic plan has now been reduced to a shorter two year one, in order to put it in line with its national counterpart. (GTP).
At the national level, the Growth & Transformation Plan (GTP) is expected to end in June 2015. The city's five year plan would have been in effect until mid-2018, if it had been ratified.
A new shorter city-wide plan has already been drafted and will be presented to higher officials within the administration over the next couple of weeks, officials from the Bureau of Finance & Economic Development (BoFED) disclosed to Fortune.
After the new mayor Diriba Kuma took office in July 2013, a new five-year strategic document, which will serve as an administrative blue-print, was drawn up. This has been the norm for past administrations. Called the Strategic Projet Management (SPM) document, a draft version was presented for consultation to wereda, District and City officials in mid August.
This plan envisioned spending 154 billion Br over the next five years, with special emphasis on road access, water provision and housing projects.
But, before it could be reviewed by city residents and then discussed and ratified at the city council, orders had come from the federal government that a long-term plan should wait until the next five-year plan is drafted, according to sources.
This sent the committee, consisting of officials from the BOFED and the planning department of the city adminstration, back to the drawing board.
The current SPM is not the only one to be revised, in order to correspond with the GTP. Addis Abeba's previous SPM (2008/09-2012/13), under Kuma Demekssa's administration, was also modified after being implemented for two years, when the GTP was first introduced.
The ambitious GTP document has become the bar against which all performances in development sectors are measured. It is also an administrative blueprint, in accordance to which all plans and strategies in government offices are designed. This goes all the way down to regional governments, including city administrations, like Addis Abeba and Dire Dawa.
Although a mid-term review of the plan has shown a lag in achieving GTP goals, the federal government has already started preparing the next five year plan. This will be adopted after 2015.
It is this document that the Addis Abeba City Administration must wait for, before it can design any long term plans.
This would bring in a new trend. Whereas previously, the SPM corresponded with the election and appointment of anew cityadministration, now it must align itself with the federal government's five year plans.
"Addis Abeba's growth cannot be distinct from the national one," a senior official from the BOFED stated.