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South Africa : Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation on outcomes from National Planning Commission Strategy Session.

The National Planning Commission (NPC) under the leadership of its Chairperson, Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and its Deputy Chairperson, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, convened for the third annual NPC Lekgotla held from 9 to 11 February 2018, at Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni.

The Lekgotla, timed midway through the second term of the NPC, provided an important opportunity for the Commission to review its work to date; take stock of progress made in the implementation of the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 (NDP) by Government and other sectors of society; reflect on the key challenges facing the country that have impacted on the implementation of the NDP, and to make recommendations that would urgently help get the delivery of the NDP back on track. The Commission is deeply concerned that the trends pertaining to key objectives of the NDP, namely, to reduce poverty, inequality and unemployment have seen a backward slide. Having registered GDP growth rates of average 3% between 2010 and 2013, the economy is currently in a low growth trap, sitting at average GDP growth of 1% since then. The result is that poverty rates have increased from 36.4% in 2011 to 40% by 2015; unemployment has increased to 27.7% as of the 3rd quarter of 2017, and inequality remains high.

There is an urgent imperative to turn around the situation. The immediate priority is to restore confidence which will enable us to undertake specific measures to reignite economic growth. In this regard, raising the level of investment is critical, and at World Economic Forum in Davos we succeeded to generate renewed investor interest in our economy, said Minister Radebe.

Since the appointment of this second Commission in September 2015, the NPC has undertaken various engagements within and outside Government on pathways and challenges to facilitate implementing the NDP, pursuant to our mandate. The Lekgotla resolved to spend the remaining two and half years of our five-year term towards restoring confidence in and ownership of the NDP and promoting accelerated implementation to address poverty and social inequalites. These priorities are essential for social cohesion and human development.

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