Consequently swift and stringent decisions must be taken in order to

Consequently swift and stringent decisions must be

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we have enjoyed. Consequently, swift and stringent decisions must be taken in order to effectively prioritise and manage our resources for maximum impact. The country also faces numerous additional external and internal challenges at this juncture in its development. Crime is burgeon- ing and the population is rapidly ageing. Further, the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and temperatures on our food production and flood prone areas, pose very real threats to our coastal areas, low lying communities and farmers. The loss of biodiversity, pollution and degradation of our ecosystems also threaten our quality of life. To compound the situation, our con- stitution and governing institutions are in grave need of transfor- mation as many exhibit poor service delivery and low productivity, coupled with the need for greater transparency and accountability in their operations. Our values, attitudes and behaviours, espe- cially the pervasive culture of dependency, sense of entitlement and disregard for the rule of law through corrupt practices, further significantly impede our development efforts. These practices deprive citizens, particularly the vulnerable, of access to services, promote inequity and rob the country of valuable resources that could have been put to better use for the benefit of all. No longer can we continue along our current development trajectory. The bold steps necessary to address these fundamental development issues which our country faces must be made now. In spite of the development challenges, there are key opportunities which we must seize. This includes building on our competitive advantages within selected niche markets, such as in cocoa production, as well as capitalising on technological advances and future global trends such as the use of alternative energy sources. These must be supported by an agenda of public sector transfor- mation to ensure the goals are achieved. This National Development Strategy 2016‒2030, aims to address the development issues presented above and establish the foun- dation required for catapulting the country onto a path of sustained
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No longer can we continue along our current development trajectory. The bold steps necessary to address these fundamental development issues which our country faces must be made now . P H O T O : K E E G A N C A L L E N D E R , C H R I S T E L M O H A M M E D Having identified our national development issues, the document also presents the Draft National Vision, Goals and Guiding Principles. Together, these paint a picture of the type of nation envis- aged by the year 2030, as well as offer the philos- ophy of how best we should operate and interact with each other as individuals and within our communities and institutions in order to advance our development. Priorities are also established in the context of broad development themes to 2030 and, more specifically, in the form of short-term goals to 2020. Strategies to tackle our national issues and seize opportunities, taking into consid-
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