|20 Years into Belize’s Future!|
|Written by Shane D. Williams|
|Thursday, 18 February 2010 00:00|
What will Belize look like in the next 20 years? Only time will tell, but a wise individual once said, “If you fail to prepare then you must prepare to fail.” Therefore, the Ministry of Economic Development has drafted a team for a project called Horizon 2030 which is a National Developmental Framework that will establish long term goals and objectives, intended to strategically guide Belize’s development over the next 20 years.
Dr. Carla Barnett of Barnett and Company is the consultant tasked with heading the Horizon 2030 Team. She says thatHorizon 2030 should capture the dreams and aspirations of the Belizean people. During the process of developing the 2030 plan, Dr. Barnett and the Horizon Team will consult with all stakeholders involved in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of both long term and intermediate sector programs. These methods of consultation will include interviews, workshops, focus groups, town hall meetings and media presentations. Dr. Barnett believes that the major challenge with Horizon 2030 will be to survive the political climate. That is why she plans to include individuals from both sides of the isle in the discussion. She said, “Politics is supposed to serve development, it shouldn’t be the other way around.”
During the consultation process, the Horizon 2030 Team will directly engage with representatives of the economic and social sectors; advocacy groups on behalf of the environment, children, women, youth, HIV/AIDS and others. They will also meet with rural communities; social partners including the private sector, Labour Department, NGO’s and political parties.
The Ministry of Economic Development is the Executing Agency and Secretariat for the Horizon 2030 project. It is being funded by the Interamerican Development Bank. According to Dr. Barnett, the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2010.