The formulation of the National Development Strategy (NDS) is one of the key expected outputs of the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination as we strive for endurance and nation-building of our country, Solomon Islands. In 2010 the Ministry was tasked to prepare a National Development Strategy to replace the Medium Term Development Strategy 2008 - 2010.
Whilst the previous Strategy focused on a medium-term time frame, the NDS is more long-term in nature covering a period of 10 years. This Strategy sets out a framework for Development Programmes in the Solomon Islands and the basis for dialogue with our Development Partners and stakeholders for support and implementation of the NDS priorities in the next 10 years. The Solomon Islands National Development Strategy 2011 - 2020 is intended to be a catalyst for development in the next 10 years in an effort to achieve the goals of Solomon Islands development agenda.
This NDS is focused on the Solomon Islands as a united nation in its diversity, hence the National Vision “A United and Vibrant Solomon Islands”. The strategy embodies the aspirations and hopes of the people of Solomon Islands with the overarching theme – “To Build Better Lives for all Solomon Islanders”
It must be strongly emphasised here that achievement of the Objectives and Goals of the National Development Strategy will take time and will require the concerted actions of all of us on many fronts.
Reforms are keys to successful implementation of the Strategy and all Solomon Islanders should work together at all levels of our societies and governments if we want to see and enjoy real development results in the Solomon Islands.