is a National Development Plan?
A National Development Plan is a strategic plan that sets out a long-term
shared vision of a nation. The Plan helps a country move from where it is today
to where it wants to be in the future. A National Development Plan
includes strategic goals, an action plan, targets and specific timeframes.
What is the National Development Plan
of The Bahamas?
The National Development Plan, Vision2040, will be the roadmap for a more
vibrant Bahamas. It will identify short, medium and long term goals for The
Bahamas. The Plan will be guided by extensive research, analysis and
widespread public consultation aimed to address four main policy pillars: The
Economy, Governance, Social Policy and the Environment (Natural and Built).
Why does The Bahamas need a National Development Plan?
The Bahamas has had strong economic performance over the last few decades and
is one of the wealthiest independent countries in the Western Hemisphere. In
general, our citizens enjoy a high quality of life and live in a stable
democracy. Notwithstanding this success, trends in the tourism and financial
services sectors, unemployment, poverty, increasing skill gaps and crime rates
have threatened the overall social and economic development in The Bahamas.
These combined factors led to the Government’s recognition that a National
Development Plan was necessary to achieve a more resilient and vibrant Bahamas.
The National Development Plan will provide a coordinated approach for inclusive
How will the National Development Plan address national issues and concerns?
Through the process of developing the Plan, important national needs and
priorities are identified, a prescriptive framework for decision making is
established, and public and private investment priorities are highlighted.
Broad public engagement will support the achievement of a long-term strategic framework
that articulates a shared vision for the country.
How will existing plans and research be featured in the National Development
Vision2040 will build on the work that came before it. The process to develop
the plan involves extensive review and analysis of: national data, local
island data, sector and industry reports, research papers, policy
documents, previous strategic plans, public consultation, history, cultural
trends and local behavioural tendencies. By virtue of the national scope of
this exercise, consideration is given to as many ideas and contributions as
possible so the ultimate plan represents a common Bahamian vision. Members of
the public are encouraged to share materials and ideas they believe are relevant
to the process. Please connect with us by email at email@example.com,
on social media, or by phone at (242) 327-5826 or (242) 702-5500.
How will the National Development Plan help The Bahamas?
The National Development Plan will:
are Bahamians involved in the Plan?
- Examine vital areas including social development, the economy, the
environment and governance
- Establish national strategic priorities
- Identify key prospects for development and growth
- Identify any
major strains associated with the country’s prospects for development and
strategies for achieving established goals for national development
To ensure the Plan has a national voice and is national in scope, two areas are
critical to the effectiveness of Vision2040:
- Broad consultative engagement:This includes public awareness;
public access to information, public engagement and national surveys.
Vision2040 ensures there are means for all residents of The Bahamas as
well as Bahamians living abroad to contribute to the Plan, including sharing
their views and concerns on any aspect of the project.
- Ongoing monitoring, evaluation and learning: Essential for the
assessment of the plan, this component examines the progress and allows for
changes when necessary. It ensures continued relevance and effectiveness to
national priorities over the life of the plan.
Is the National Development Plan part of a political agenda?
The National Plan does not have a political agenda. Widespread consultation
with Bahamian citizens and residents from all walks of life will ensure that
the National Development Plan is not just politics as usual. Monitoring and
evaluation by impartial local and international experts is also integral to
Vision2040. Contributions and insight of all political entities are welcomed to
ensure the plan is reflective of all Bahamians. The National Development Plan
Secretariat has reached out and continues to reach out to all major political
parties, strictly for contributions and insight.
Is this Plan mostly for Nassau and less about the Family Islands?
The consultative phase includes visits to all major Family Islands, where
community meetings and workshops are open to all. Meetings will also be held
outside of The Bahamas to reach the Bahamian diaspora in the United States, the
UK and Canada. The Plan will provide policies and priorities for The
Bahamas as a whole, not just New Providence.
Who is responsible for drafting the National Development Plan?
A National Development Plan Secretariat, comprised of public and private
sector professionals, has been established within the Office of The Prime
Minister to develop the Plan. The College of The Bahamas and The Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation are also important partners in the
process. Sector specialists including local and international experts
have been engaged by the Secretariat. All of these stakeholders will
ensure that the voices of Bahamians are reflected in the National Development
What is the process of developing the National Development Plan?
The process of developing the Plan is ongoing and includes three distinct
phases: Diagnosis, A National Conversation, and Plan Development. Read more about
these phases here.
How can I get involved in
National Development Plan activities?
If you have ideas, you
may contact the National Development Plan Secretariat via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (242) 327-5826 or (242)
702-5500 and you can share your vision for The Bahamas on our website here. You can engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and
What is the budget for developing the Plan and where does the money come from?
Development Plan is being funded primarily by a $450,000 grant provided by the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The Government of The Bahamas has
also allocated funding for the redeployment
of public service staff to form the Vision2040 planning Secretariat,
expenditures for family island travel and costs for hosting events.
Will the Plan be Implemented?
Yes. Once the Plan fully reflects the views of stakeholders and the
Bahamian people, the National Development Plan will form the basis of
coordinated public and private sector action for the future development of The
Bahamas. There are three core components that are essential to
implementation of the National Development Plan:
- Economic Development and Planning Unit: This unit, established
within the Office of the Prime Minister, will retain primary responsibility for
the implementation of the Plan. The unit will be the coordinating hub for
strategic planning across all Government ministries.
- Transformative Governance Initiative: This initiative
establishes a results-based approach to governance and promotes approaches such
as programme-based budgeting, strategic planning and other such reforms.
The Bahamas Government is also undertaking an initiative aimed at
strengthening the centre of government.
- The planned University of The Bahamas, Government and Public Policy
Institute: The planned institute will serve important monitoring and
evaluative functions to ensure comprehensive and consistent monitoring of
implementation progress, needs and challenges related to the National