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addition, the NDS also takes cognizance of developments that would have occurred up to 2015. The Vision 2030 NDS aims to provide a broad socio-economic development framework to the year 2030. It is intended to provide for an orderly long-term development process, inclusive of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Trinidad and Tobago’s approach to implementation of the 2030 Global Development Agenda will begin with the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in the areas such as maternal mortality, an area where we have already made great strides, containment of HIV/AIDS, and reducing the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). However, it must be noted that under the MDGs, the country has surpassed the targets in many areas such as gender parity in schools, the elimination of malaria and tuberculosis and set new international benchmarks in Early Childhood Education. As the country’s principal strategic planning document, it defines the priorities and overarching thrust of government policy, which is focused on achieving sustainable economic growth through greater diversification of the economy, as well as improving the social conditions and quality of life of citizens in an inclusive and environmentally sensitive manner. The Strategy comprises a vision for Trinidad and Tobago to the year 2030, long-term national
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goals, and the national short-term goals and strategies over the next five years (2016–2020) to lay the foundation for achieving the vision over the longer period. The draft Strategy will also start the dialogue on the cultural and the behavioural shifts that are regarded as requisites for further development. It is important to note that the formulation of the NDS draws on the Comprehensive Economic Development Plan (CEDP) for Tobago (2013‒2017) which itself was grounded in the context of Vision 2020. As the overarching national policy framework, the Strategy serves as the basis for engaging in dialogue with the wider public sector, business community and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to further update and refine the development agenda. Further, the final document will be the high-level national strategic framework and will serve as the mooring to which more detailed sectoral and ministerial plans are anchored. To realise Vision 2030, the collective support and commitment of the entire nation is required to effectively plan and operationalise the future we want for ourselves and generations to come. Though daunting, the task is not insurmountable, for we are a people with the enduring capacity to create from our social diversity, a resilient Nation that boasts of significant achievements and the enviable ability to maintain a peaceful co-existence. Our success in achieving Vision 2030 will not be an elusive dream but a tangible reality of which we will be proud.
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