Press Release of the Revised Puntland Development Plan (2017-2019) Garowe – Puntland Somalia

Subject: Press Release of the Revised Puntland Development Plan (2017-19) Garowe – Puntland Somalia

Today’s date of 31st December 2016, the Vice President of Puntland Eng Abdihakin Abdullahi Haji Omar Amay launched the Revised Puntland Development Plan 2017-19 at the Puntland Development and Research Centre (PDRC) in Garowe, the capital city of Puntland State of Somalia. This Development Plan is derived from the previous Second Puntland Five- Year Development Plan (2014-2018). Two and a half years have passed since the Second Five Year Development Plan was launched and it became necessary to review the PFYDP-2 to determine what has been achieved. The plan was prepared and written by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC).

The Revised Puntland Development Plan (2017-19) marks the latest phase of development efforts in Puntland Government of Somalia. This Development Plan looks towards an improved quality of life for its people by addressing socio-economic, political and technological challenges, building robust public infrastructure and responsibly utilizing natural resources for a better future. This Development Plan was prepared based on a participatory bottom up planning approach through consultative process. This Plan is owned by Puntland and is based on the needs and aspirations of its people, and will be implemented through collaboration of the Puntland Government and all relevant Stakeholders.

The plan reflects and addresses development challenges in different sectors, highlights critical priorities, and recommends necessary strategies and approaches that contribute to achieving the overall development goals of Puntland. Puntland continues to forge forward with its third phase of Development Planning. Within the various chapters of the Development Plan, there are key strategic interventions regarding good governance; strengthening security and stability; advancing free market economy; improving the quality of education and healthcare; upgrading critical public infrastructure; promoting human rights and gender equality and enhancing democracy and decentralization.

The Puntland Government has valuable development partners that have been supporting it since its establishment and they are committed to continuing their support. It is, therefore, crucial that the Puntland Government, the Federal Government of Somalia and development partners work together to improve the effectiveness of aid management across all levels and sectors to ensure maximum benefits to the Puntland people, in a more transparent and accountable manner, as well as, the entire people of Somalia. Reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Puntland economic infrastructure is very essential to accelerate the local economy to ensure that domestic and public revenues is increased, job creation programs implemented and living standards of the Puntland people is improved in order to reach self-sufficiency, reduce poverty and improve livelihood.

For further information please contact Suad Salah Nour, MoPIC Development Communications Specialist: suad.snour@gmail.com