Fort Hare Solutions host National Development Plan Summit
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The 23rd of March 2017,  marked a very important mile stone for Fort Hare Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Fort Hare, as we partnered with Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM), the National Development Commission, the industrial Development Corporation and the Eastern Cape Government in the execution of the 1st Provincially Focused Review of the National Development Plan, themed Effective partnerships on the implementation of the national Development Plan.  

The initiative, the brain child of Fort Hare Solutions who has felt a strong need to convene a conference in the Eastern Cape in which leaders in National, Provincial and Local government, as well as in the private sector and civil society will come together and consider ways in which the implementation of the National development Plan will be enhanced.

 

The Aim of the Conference is to create a platform for leaders in the public and private sectors to consider progress regarding the Implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), and obtain a commitment from them to be involved in achieving the outcomes of the plan in the next 13 years

 

The conference was opened by the Mr X. Pakati {Executive Mayor of Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality who highlighted the importance of the NDP and it’s a project plan that belongs to everyone not just government.

 

Prof S. Buhlungu (Vice Chancellor of University of Fort Hare) who set the scene for the deliberations focused on matters related to higher education and its sustainability. He didn’t shy away from the fact that the East London campus student body is currently on a stay away due to the lack of accommodation. He linked this to the NDP in reference to the infrastructural matters of the broader society & that the NDP has to address such matters, as students will continue to find it challenging to pass. He went on to say that universities are the engines of the economy and hold the key to new leadership in the country.

 

Mr Tshediso Matona (Director General in the Presidency) in replacement of Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation; and Chairperson the National Planning Commission, who was called away at the last moment.

 

Mr Matona highlighted a few points that the conference should engage with; “that South Africa has a triple change of poverty, inequality and unemployment. And we need to respond with actions geared towards pervert reduction, economic growth and transformation.

 

He went on to say that for a sustainable future the Eastern Cape rest on a people – centred development to achieve five related goals.

  • A inclusive, equitable and growing economy for the province
  • An educated, innovative and empowered citizenry
  • A health population, vibrant, equitably, communities
  • Capable agents across government and others institutional partners committed to development of the province

 

The conference also identified four critical areas that have been identified to unlock the potential of our country’s vast coastline are hugely relevant to this province namely:

  • Marine Transport and manufacturing
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration;
  • Aquaculture
  • Marine Protection and Governance 

 

The conference continues tomorrow where the attendees will breakaway into small groups to deliberate Education, Good Governance & Growing the Economy.