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.