ney towards the attainment of economic social and environmental transformation

Ney towards the attainment of economic social and

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ney towards the attainment of economic, social and environmental transformation, it is critical that we set the right foundation and build momentum for realising our national vision to 2030. Over the next five- year planning horizon (2016‒2020), a balanced mix of strategic policy interventions will be implemented to positively shape the development paradigm for the longer term. In the short-term, that is, over the next five years, deliberate steps will be taken to steer the country along a sustainable development path where the urgent socio-economic and environmental challenges con- fronting our country today are actively addressed. We will, therefore, re-prioritise policy prescriptions and redirect resources to critical areas, to provide the impetus for realising sustainable outcomes for future development that benefit all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago now faces, more than ever, an economic situation of limited financial resources to be allocated among various competing, legitimate needs. It is therefore imperative that priorities be established. Not only do priorities facilitate resource allocation, they also play a crit- ical role in helping us define exactly what we want to accomplish and the timeframe in which they are to be completed. As mentioned previously, at the highest level, our Development Themes represent our national priorities in terms of the broad strategic areas of focus. However, within each theme, specific priorities have been iden- tified taking into consideration the goals that must be achieved within the next five years. In so doing, the 24 short term goals presented below represent the country’s national priorities to the year 2020. Commensurate with these national priorities, are broad strategies which have been identified for achieving the short-term goals. These strategies also aim to tackle the country’s challenges and seize the opportunities identified in Chapter 2 while addressing the important transformations required in Chapter 4. Together with the goals, the strategies provide the policy direction at the overall national (macro) level towards achieving the National Vision. Apart from these national priorities, other lower level priorities must be developed. While this document presents the draft priorities and strategies at the national level, Ministries and Departments must take responsibility for developing priorities for their areas of remit. These include ministry and sector plans, programmes/projects as well as identifying sources of funding. In the context of the short-term planning horizon, the national devel- opment agenda has also been influenced by global issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustain- able Development. As a signatory to the 2030 Agenda, Trinidad and P H O T O On a blank canvas members of the public shared their vision for the Ideal T&T
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Tobago is committed to incorporating the SDGs in its National Development Strategy. Therefore, the SDGs have been incorporated into these short- term goals.
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