The Ministry of Planning and International Corporation (MOPIC) hosted a one day meeting on the progress of the National Development Plan (NDP) with the development partners working-group.

The meeting was Co-chaired by the Minister of Planning and International Corporation H.E Abdi Aynte and Minister of Finance H.E Mohamed Aden, also in attendance were the H.E the Permanent Secretary of Office of the Prime Minister, H.E the Chief of Staff of the Office of the President, H.E the Permanent Secretary of MOPIC and the directors and representatives of Development Partners and U.N agencies in Mogadishu, with other organizations participating via VTC from Nairobi, Kenya.

H.E Minister Abdirahman Aynte repeated the aim of the NDP “will be to produce a comprehensive document focusing on Governance & Security aspects as well as the Economic & Social Service delivery aspects that Somalia will need over the period of 2017 – 2019” while at the same time being a “realistic and pragmatic document that will be produced through a highly consultative process incorporating civil society, regional administrations, women and youth”

Presentations were made regarding the guidelines and management structures for the  National Development Planning process by the PS of the Ministry Planning and International Corporation H.E Mr. Abdi Dirshe, stressing that the envisioned National Development Plan will retain the highly successful elements of the New Deal architecture in particular the SRDF [Somalia Reconstruction and Development Facility] and the HLPF [High Level Partnership Forum], while laying a foundation for a national vision for the future in participatory process.

The Minister reiterated the need for a comprehensive Somali developed plan to replace the new deal, which will end in September 2016. He said the story of 2016 should not be limited to elections but must include planning for medium and longer term economic & institutional development through supportive consultative social participation.

The NDP will cover not only the socioeconomic development but also the political, security and gender sectors. The MOPIC is due to visit all the regions in Somalia to facilitate the self development of the country.