Convergence between Plan and 2030 Agenda

The Vision of the Policy Development Plan "takes into account the two most fundamental development challenges, which Suriname cannot really change within short: its small population and the openness of the economy. These two challenges are also closely related. The belief is that a strategic vision for the development of Suriname should be built around these challenges".

In accordance with Article 40 of our Constitution, which prescribes that with due observance of the social and economic goals of the State, every five years a Development Plan must be adopted by law, the Development Plan running from January 1, 2012 up to and including December 31, 2016 is now being replaced by a new plan, valid for the planning period 2017 up to and including 2021.

In terms of a result-based planning and policy approach, the Development Plan 2017-2021 indicates the development goals and the outcomes for 49 as important identified “broad policy areas”. The concrete results, activities, costs and the timeline, which would have to complement a result matrix in these areas, have not been developed in the Development Plan.

Suriname will develop and formally adopt, within two years, i.e. before 2019, a Vision 2035 in a participatory process. This is entirely in line with the recommendation of the United Nations (UN) made shortly after the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Meanwhile, several development partners have pledged their support to Suriname as regards the development of the Vision 2035.

Conceptos más frecuentes en el plan
Conceptos más frecuentes en el plan
Conceptos ODS en el plan
Conceptos ODS en el plan

Formal Development Goals

General Objective 2

The social and economic security of the entire population, adequate employment under the guarantee of freedom and justice, the participation of everyone in the economic, social and cultural development and progress.

Economic Objective 1

The establishment of a national economy, free from foreign domination and in the interest of the Suriname nation.

Economic Objective 2

Together, simultaneous and equivalent functioning of State-owned enterprises, private enterprises, companies in which the State and private individuals jointly participate and cooperative enterprises, in accordance with legal regulations currently in force; promoting and guaranteeing all entrepreneurial production as far as possible.

Social Objective 1

The identification of the potential for development of its own natural environment and the augmentation of the capacity to increasingly expand that potential.

Regional Development 1

Participation of the regional representing bodies and the regional administrative agencies in the preparation, the establishment and the implementation of the district and local plans. The other specific tasks shall be laid down by law.

1st Pillar: Strengthening Development Capacity

1.1 Legal certanity

Adjusted legislation, which better reflects the sense of justice of the citizens and an efficient course of justice, in particular a timely and qualitatively proper administration of justice increase the sense of justice in the Surinamese society and guarantee legal certainty of citizens.

1.6 Information and Communications Technology Sector

To function within the legal framework set for this purpose and in accordance with the infrastructure identified for the national telecommunications strategy, provide services to local, regional and international buyers at competitive prices.

1.7 Technical and vocational education

Producing certified individuals with the technical and social skills that allow them to function better nationally, regionally and internationally, to the benefit of their own and the national development.

2nd Pillar: Economic Growth and Diversification

2.1 Gold

The central and local governments ensure that both the large-scale and the small-scale gold mining, which almost exclusively produces for export, have an as high as possible “retention percentage”, plan with the companies in the gold sector the reduction of environmental and social damage, and guaranty, partly on the basis of the adjusted statutory regulations, sustainable management of the earnings from the gold sector.

2.2 Oil

Through investments in a domestic exploration program, increasing the proven oil and gas reserves and based on a systematic approach increasing the up- and downstream activities in the oil and gas production, particularly in the related knowledge and construction sector, where the human capital has been increased.

 2.3 Bauxite, Alumina and Aluminium

The implementation of an intensive research and preparation program is the basis for an agreement with one or more investors, concluded on the basis of a competitive selection process, which regulates the production of bauxite in eastern and western Suriname, the related, alumina, aluminium and the downstream activities in the interest of the national development, whereby the energy generation for refining alumina and smelting aluminium and also the required infrastructure, are part of the development of local population centres and other production activities.

2.4 Existing Production Clusters Agrarian Sector and Agro-industry

Research, application of technology and services by efficient (knowledge) institutes, competitive micro-, small, medium-sized and large companies in the agrarian sector and the agro-industry guarantee food safety and security of the Surinamese population, export to regional and international markets and employment in various subsectors. 

2.5 Animal Husbandry

Competitive micro, small, medium-sized and large enterprises in the subareas of the cattle breeding sector and the related industry guarantee the food safety and food security of the Surinamese people, exports to regional and international markets and provide employment in several subsectors facilitated by the intensive program for research, application of technology and services by means of efficient (knowledge) institutes.

2.6 Fisheries

Competitive and sustainable fish companies, active in aquaculture, freshwater fishing, coastal fishing or deep-sea fishing and fish-processing companies, guarantee the food safety and security of the Surinamese people, exports to regional and international markets, provide employment in several subsectors and prevent exhaustion of fish stocks by making use of research, application of technology and services by efficient (knowledge) institutes.

2.7 Production cluster Forestry and Related Industry

The compensation for the conservation of Suriname's pristine tropical forest which is necessary for a better world environment, contributes to the national growth and development as well as the income of village communities, competitive small, medium-sized and large companies that increase and diversify the national production and export through forestry and wood processing.

2.8 Production cluster Tourism and the “Creative Industries”

The implementation of the strategic development plan for the Tourist and the Creative Industries, with as core issues establishing direct flight connections between Suriname and one or two identified countries (concentration countries) and the expansion of (existing cultural) events and their promotion as tourist attraction, contributes to the growth of the number of tourist visitors and their spending and contributes to the sustainable development of Suriname.

 2.9 Integration of Regional and Sector Strategies

National consensus on the long-term strategic plan for the structure of the local administration, strengthened the mechanism, with which the Regional Bodies, the Planning Bureau, produce for the local economies. The Service for Town and Country Planning and other institutes involved, the regional and spatial plans required by law and integrated with the national planning.

3rd Pillar: Social progress

 3.1 Social Protection System

Implementation of the national strategy for the social protection system, which is based on a minimum subsistence for everyone, giving all citizens access to jobs and essential goods and services such as food, (drinking) water, sanitation, health, education, family counselling and community work and social transfers in cash or in child by means of an integrated social protection system with criteria-based programs, of which the budgetary and actuarial sustainability have been calculated and ensured.

3.2 Social Security and Employment

Stimulating an increase of the GDP and job growth, more and better jobs (Decent Jobs) which contribute to the income and social security and resilience of especially the poor families.

3.3 Housing

Identified target groups, in accordance with their ability to pay, realize their housing needs through rental or owner-occupied housing, where necessary, supported by participation in special public or community programs, which are facilitated or implemented as art of the national housing strategy.

3.4 Education

Developing an education system that reflects the multi-ethnic, multicultural and multilingual Surinamese society and whose customized programs, make teaching more accessible and enables young and senior citizens to get education their whole life-long so that they participate more at national, regional and international levels, especially in the labour market, science and technology.

3.5 Public health

Healthier lifestyles and living and working environment of the Surinamese population, minimizing the incidence of diseases and the improved curative health care system is more affordable and more accessible.

3.6 Sports 

Stimulated by more and better sports facilities, organizations, guidance and development opportunities, people of all ages participate more in sports in their pursuit of a better physical, mental and social well-being and inclusiveness, as well as improving their performance as a top athlete in regional and international competition.

3.7 Culture

Stimulated by more and better media productions, educational and training activities as well as guidance and development opportunities, citizens experience their culture intensively, they appreciate cultures from their own country more, and professional cultural practitioners are better able to present and to sell their products on local, regional and international markets. 

4th Pillar: Utilization and Protection of the Environment

4.1 Environmental strategy

Adapted legislation and increased environmental awareness of the public, policy planners and decision-makers in the private and public sectors ensure the responsible use of nature and the resources it provides and promote planned environmental restoration.

4.2 Sea level rice

The shores and coast are sustainable repaired and / or protected from the effects of sea level rise and banks of meandering rivers are protected.

Cross-Cutting Development Goals

1 Gender policy

Laws and regulations and policy principles of private and public organizations guarantee the right to personal safety and freedom of men and women and that the opportunities to realize their ideals and talents are not negatively affected by gender stereotypes.

2 Youngsters 

The target groups of youngsters distinguished in the policy are intensively protected by more effective legislation and special institutes and the reformed education, programs for sports, culture and community work, encourage and facilitate youngsters to develop their talents, self-respect, personality, creativity and their voice, which increases their development opportunities in the labour market and in life.