National Planning System of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
In general the responsibility for the preparation, development and production of the plan rests with the Central Planning Division - which belongs to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning -. This process is assisted by two regional economists. For more help in the process, 8 Technical Working Groups (TWGs) are established on different topics. : 1. Culture, Identity and National Pride, 2. Economic Sector, 3. Social Capital, 4. Governance, 5. National Security, 6. Energy, Disaster Management and Environment, 7. Physical infrastructure, 8. Education, Telecommunications, Science and Technology. In addition, the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) collaborated with CPD in the production of the Plan.
The methodology for formulating the plan was anchored in the premise of inclusion and broad public participation. In that sense, consultations were made along St. Vincent and the Grenadines and there were 12 made abroad. This gave a voice to the citizens to build the process. The consultations were instructive, presenting a series of suggestions, some of which have been incorporated into this plan. In addition to these consultations, this plan drew elements from a wide range of other planning tools. These included national, subregional, regional and international strategies or plans, such as the Charter and Development Strategy of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) framework, Millennium Development Goals, and the Sustainable Development Strategy of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
A multilevel planning horizon will be used to implement the Plan. The long-term horizon implies the development of a 13-year perspective, from 2013 to 2025, which establishes the overall development objective, while the medium-term horizon provides specific objectives, strategies and action plans. And capital expenditures for the three-year period, 2013-2015, is projected at $ 2.3 billion.
The preparation of medium-term strategies will be carried out every three years to guide long-term revisions of the Plan. These reviews will inform the annual budgets. While the overall responsibility for overseeing and evaluating the implementation of the Plan lies with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, other public sector bodies, the private sector and NGOs also play a key role.
The Central Planning Division has the responsibility to monitor and evaluate the Plan. This will be done in conjunction with other agencies in the public sector, as well as with the private sector and civil society. Monitoring and evaluation are vital to ensuring high performance. The government then prioritizes continuous monitoring of the progress of the NESDP 2013-2025. The Government will adapt to annual monitoring modalities, as well as review every three years and a final review of the outcome of the Plan. Thus, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning must report annually to the Council of Ministers on progress in implementing the Plan. With regard to triennial reviews, they will be carried out in order to assess the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness with which it was implemented.
In addition, ministries and agencies are expected to report on the progress plan in their annual reports. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning will coordinate the follow-up of the progress plan by reviewing the annual reports of ministries, departments and agencies. The performance will be evaluated, based on the indicators agreed a priori and attached.
Connection with sectoral planning
During the formulation are established 8 Technical working groups (TWGs), established on different topics. : 1. Culture, Identity and National Pride 2. Economic Sector 3. Social Capital 4. Governance 5. National Security 6. Energy, Disaster Management and Environment. 7. Physical infrastructure 8. Education, Telecommunications, Science and Technology.
*Saint Vincent and the Grenadines elaborated a National and Economic and Social Development Plan. This plan contains the country's planning for the period between 2013 and 2025.