In closing I wish to recognise the efforts of the staff of the Ministry of

In closing i wish to recognise the efforts of the

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In closing, I wish to recognise the efforts of the staff of the Ministry of Planning and Development who worked tirelessly in the preparation of the draft Strategy. The commitment and passion with which they pursued their work was exemplary. The preparation of this document would also not have been possible without the support and collaboration of other Ministries and agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme, the Caribbean Development Bank, academia and private sector. I would like to also take this opportunity to thank all who participated in the planning process and gave freely of their time and ideas. I trust that such persons and other valued experts would be poised and ready to engage in further dialogue as such avenues become available in the near future. I urge all citizens to further collaborate in the social and economic development of our country, by first embracing the Vision and then by taking the responsibility to fulfil their respective roles as citizens of our beloved nation. On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I am pleased to present to the national community the National Strategic Development Plan, Vision 2030. Camille R. Robinson-Regis M.P. MINISTER OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ix-x V I S I O N 2 0 3 0 N AT I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T S T R AT E GY 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 3 0 Foreword
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EXECUTIVE Summary T rinidad and Tobago is now in such a time as falling energy prices and revenues are threatening our standard of living and our way of life. In response, the Draft National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016-2030 (Vision 2030) was developed, which incorporates the principles and objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to guide the development process taking into consideration the immediate and future needs of all our citizens. As the country’s sustainable development strategy, the NDS establishes the vision and broad framework for Trinidad and Tobago’s development to 2030 and defines the key priorities for the first planning period 2016-2020. Moreover, the NDS posits that bold steps have to be taken by all segments of society towards making the socio-economic transformations that are needed to surmount our many developmental and environmental challenges. This document contains six (6) chapters of which the key elements are presented as follows. There are times in the development path of a country when extraordinary challenges demand an equally compelling response.
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OUR MAIN CHALLENGES Following a review of Trinidad and Tobago’s past and current performance against selected coun- tries in key socio- economic areas, the NDS pres- ents the main challenges which Trinidad and Tobago faces. These challenges involve: Expanding exports and increasing foreign exchange earnings and employment; Solving and preventing crime; Reversing the non-progressive values, atti- tudes and behaviours such as low productivity and poor work ethos; Undertaking constitutional and institutional reform;
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