23 May 2018

Botswana: Masilo Urges Planners to Lead Development Initiatives

Palapye — Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Col Duke Masilo has urged planners to take the lead in the implementation of all government development initiatives.

Officially opening a planners' seminar in Palapye on May 22, Col Masilo said it was the responsibility of planners to formulate a meaningful development agenda.

The seminar was held under the theme: Realising sustainable development through implementation of District Development Plan 8 (DDP 8) and Urban Development Plan (UDP 4).

Col Masilo noted that planners were key to planning, monitoring and evaluating national and district development plans and the resources needed for implementation.

"Meetings like this seminar can be used as a platform to retrospect, introspect and inform the righteous path to follow for developing this country," he said.

Col Masilo urged those who had been in the planning field for long to lead others in bringing planning back to its glory days.

"I have observed that planning needs regrouping and rebooting because it is not what it used to be," he said.

Planning, he explained, was about understanding the district, the people and their needs for timely delivery of services and the growth of the economy.

He implored them to be in touch with communities, adding that increased interaction with communities meant empowering people to make informed decisions about their lives.

Another speaker, Department of Local Governance and Development Planning acting director, Ms Bokang Swapo said there had been significant changes locally and globally in the approaches and concepts of development planning.

She pointed out that the country transitioned from Vision 2016 and NDP 10 to Vision 2036 and NDP 11 respectively.

At sub-national level, she said the country had developed the current generation of local development plans namely DDP 8 and UDP 4.

Ms Swapo said at the global level, the developments provided a unique opportunity for emerging national and local development frameworks to anchor and domesticate the intentions of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and to localise and accelerate efforts to realise sustainable development goals.

The aim of the seminar, she explained, was to create an opportunity for district based planners and ministries to express views regarding the planning cadre.

Its other aim was to showcase the relevance of the central and local authorities in achieving integral development incorporating the economic, social and environmental pillars to accelerate efforts to achieve sustainable development goals.

Vision 2036 chief executive officer, Mr Batho Molomo said the current national vision was built on the successes and challenges of Vision 2016.

He said there was a link between national visions and national development plans in that NDPs, including DDPs and UDPs, were vehicles used for executing Vision 2036.

Source : BOPA

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