National Development Strategy 2020-2030 :

Another Ambitious Ten-Year Commitment

Undertaking structural transformation of the economy by way of fundamental changes in economic and social structures in a bit to promote endogenous and inclusive development while preserving opportunities for future generations is another new framework on which the country’s economy will revolve for the next decade. All these is embodied in the new development strategy plan, code name; “National Development Strategy 2020-2030.” The NDS30 as it is fondly abbreviated, is ushering in another approach in the whole gamut of actions aimed at putting the country on the pedestal of emergence by 2035. As stated inter alia by Joseph Dion Ngute, Prime Minister, Head of Government in the preface, “the National Development Strategy 2020-2030 is based on lessons learned in the implementation of the Growth and Employment Strategy Paper (GESP) which it takes over from with a view to achieve the objective of vision 2035.”  

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The GESP, is should be recalled, came to an end in 2019 completely closing the door to the first phase of the implementation of Cameroon’s long-term development vision adopted in 2009. NDS30 is taking over the command baton. The new strategy is conceived within a context marked by the implementation of an economic and financial programme with the IMF under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) following the unfavourable fluctuation in the prices of raw materials, including oil. In the same vein, the country is equally known to be facing security crisis in the North-west and South-west Regions and in the Far North Region that has fallen victim to attacks from the Boko Haram Islamist sect. NDS30 is the result of a combination of technical exercises including evaluation of GESP, review of sector by sector strategy, prospective work and sector planning meetings among others with experts and officials from different sectors and administrations. 

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The next ten years are programmed to witness a boost in industrial activities, more favourable conditions for economic growth, improved living conditions for the population, through access to basic social facilities and significant reduction in poverty and unemployment As one would imagine, development strategies seem to be easily planned than executed. The crux of the matter lies on the determination and follow up. NDS30 like many other programmes and projects in Cameroon takes all that could constitute hurdles into consideration. Some of the key pillars include: the structural transformation of the national economy, development of human capital and wellbeing, promotion of employment and economic integration, governance, decentralization and strategic management of the State.  In the same light, the strategy figures out some considerations in the execution trail. These include: increasing the share of resources transferred to the regional and local authorities to at least 15 per cent of the State revenue, increase to at least 60 per cent the share of public procurement of goods and services produced locally, complete all ongoing projects, finalise land tenure reform and prioritize maintenance of existing equipment. That in a nutshell is the country’s development trump card for the next ten years. 

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