Development plan needs support from all sectors – UN official

Luanda – The 2018/2022 National Development Plan (PND) is an important document that, in its implementation, must count on the partnership of all sectors and international partners, said the resident coordinator of the United Nations in Angola, Pier Paolo Balladelli.

Speaking to journalists after the presentation ceremony of the PND to development partners, Pier Paolo Balladelli said the plan contains all the guidelines for Angola to become a modern state.

“This can make a significant turning point for the development of Angola, as the United Nations has it in perspective and in line with the 17 global sustainable objectives (…) he stressed, adding that these goals are intended to put an end to poverty, hunger and ensure good education and health for the Angolan population.

To him the European Union (EU) delegation’s chief adviser to Angola, Ramon Reigada, has expressed his satisfaction at the fact that the Plan coincides with the EU’s ideas for Angolan development.

“It is a fundamental element for our work in Angola, because whatever activities we are doing here must always be in line with the National Development Plan,” he emphasized.

He also stressed that the participation of civil society in the preparation of the Plan is an important element to give sustainability to the PND.

The Minister of Economy and Planning, Pedro Luis da Fonseca, called on the cooperation partners to join the efforts of the Executive in the implementation of the 2018/2022 National Development Plan (PND), which has six pillars, 25 strategic policies and 83 action programmes, where the Human Development and Welfare of the population constitute the “core pillars” of the Plan, which gives relevance to the social and cultural rights of the population.

PND/2018-2022, the second medium-term planning instrument following the 2013-2017 Plan, was approved by the Executive on 26 April during the 4th Session of the Cabinet Council.

Source: Angola Press News Agency