By Goth Mohamed Goth

Hargeisa- Somaliland Minister of National Planning Dr. Sacad Ali Shire in asaid, “The five year national Development plan which is a feature of modern nation’s short term planning which provides only topical solutions and approaches to situations of national significance.

The National planning Minister said, “When we unveiled the national Development plan back in 2012, our main goal was to enable line ministries, the National Planning Commission and Somaliland Development Fund Joint Steering Committee to identify initial projects and programs for funding, with the people of Somaliland as the primary beneficiaries of the donor support.

“Since then we have managed to develop a method for prioritization of the NDP and which helped in providing the government with a list of sectors and programs to receive potential funding of first US$50 million beginning from 2012-2016 in form of Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) – the collaborative multi-donor fund providing meaningful solutions to the prioritized development needs in the country, he said.

Dr. Sacad Ali shire added, “These plan will equip staff with sector strategy frameworks through capacity-building and training of key stakeholders from the Ministry of National Planning and Development, Ministry of Finance, and the priority sector ministries of Agriculture, Livestock, Environment, Water, and Transport/Roads. The prioritization approach is then to be applied on other sectors and, as government capacity improves, the basic frameworks are to be strengthened into full sector strategies.