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SAP, blueprint for new era of development: President Solih

Nafaahath Ibrahim
03 October 2019, MVT 14:30
President Solih at the launching ceremony of the administrations Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for the next five years. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Nafaahath Ibrahim
03 October 2019, MVT 14:30

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Wednesday declared that the administration’s Strategic Action Plan (SAP) is organised, definitive, prioritised and time-bound.

While speaking at the ceremony held to unveil the administration's Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for the next five years, President Solih referred to the plan as the 'blueprint of a new era of development'.

The SAP outlines developmental targets and priorities for five years from 2019 to 2023. According to the administration, the plan sets out realistic strategic goals that would help achieve key developmental milestones in realising people’s hopes and dreams of a “Jazeera Raajje.”

Furthermore, SAP seeks to change public perception towards the government and national development; one which was previously pursued without a long-term vision, definite criteria for success, or provisions for government accountability.

The plan will be used as the state's overarching reference point to steer national developmental efforts.

SAP is based on five priority areas; Blue Economy outlining economic priorities and how it will be delivered in a sustainable manner; Caring State outlining priorities relevant to social progress; Dignified Families defining means to address discrimination and prioritise neglected persons; “Jazeera Dhiriulhun” describing priorities related to community infrastructure and services; and Good Governance representing key governance reforms.

There are 33 different sub-sectors for each of the five categories. A results matrix is developed for each of these sub-sectors governing the primary implementation and monitoring framework, as well as guidance which SAP provides to the implementing agencies. The measurement framework includes a timeline for the actions and targets for each of the policies in each sub-sector. It gives direction to all stakeholders; both government, independent institutions, state-owned enterprises, non-governmental organisations and donors on what the development priorities are for the next five years.

Precise steps are listed under each of these areas that will be followed by the administration. While working to follow these steps, specific deadlines will be be adhered to.

President Solih said it is also the core impetus of the administration’s national development agenda. He highlighting that their highest priority is ensuring that all Maldivians can live a dignified life.

In addition to providing an outline of the developmental plan for the next five years, the SAP will also provide an opportunity for citizens to hold the government accountable by making clear which results can be delivered within a specified period of time.

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