It is confirmed that the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) now has a representative serving on the Steering Committee of the National Development Strategic Plan 2030 that was launched on May 27.
According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Timothy Antoine, the main opposition political party is being represented on the 11-member committee by executive member, Vincent Roberts.
Antoine told a radio programme that Roberts who is NDC’s Recording Secretary attended the first meeting of the newly formed body and the technical working group on June 5.
The Meeting focused on reviewing the terms of reference of the Steering Committee and the Technical Working Group, brainstorming on the process for the preparation of the National Plan 2030, and the institutional arrangements for the development of the Plan.
The steering committee is headed by Minister of Economic Development and Planning, Oliver Joseph, and includes Andre Lewis who is representing the Grenada Trades Union Council, Petipha Lewis-Smith, the nominee of the Grenada Private Sector Organization, Reverend John Lewis representing the Alliance of Evangelical Churches, William Joseph representing the Conference of Churches of Grenada (CCG), Joan Purcell representing Civil Society, and Judd Cadet who will serve the Youth.
The other members on the committee are Dr. Dunstan Campbell representing Agriculture, Carlton Frederick representing the New National Party, and Ferron Lowe representing National United Front.
Antoine described the committee as broad-based and representing the entire Nation.
The proposed terms of reference for the steering committee includes reviewing and advising on the process for preparation of National Plan 2030, provide oversight of and guidance to the Technical Working Group, monitor progress on the preparation of the plan, support stakeholders consultations, and to comment on the draft chapters of the Plan.
The Permanent Secretary also announced that government is in the process of establishing a Secretariat for the National Plan.
He said a senior public servant has already been identified to head the secretariat.
The National Plan will build on other existing plans including the Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy.