Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, Jamaica’s first long-term strategic development plan, provides a comprehensive planning framework in which the economic, social, environmental and governance aspects of national development are integrated. The Plan, which was approved in Parliament in 2009, is intended to advance the achievement of our national vision, which is captured in the statement: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”
Ensuring a secure and prosperous future for all Jamaicans requires a major transformation from being a middle income developing country to a country that can afford its citizens a high quality of life and world-class standards in a range of areas – education, health care, nutrition, civility and social order, and access to environmental goods and services such as clean air and water, among others. In the Jamaican context, these elements are fundamental to the achievement of progress towards a more sustainable and inclusive society.
The New Paradigm
Vision 2030 Jamaica introduces a new paradigm which redefines the strategic direction for Jamaica and puts us on a different path — a path that will lead to sustainable prosperity. The new paradigm will move the country from dependence on the lower forms of capital (our sun and sand tourism, and exporting sub-soil assets and basic agricultural commodities), to development of the country’s higher forms of capital (our cultural, human, knowledge and institutional capital stocks) that will move Jamaica into the more advanced stages of development.
A central objective is to create the conditions in which our productive enterprises are able to generate greater levels of wealth, and in which the social and environmental conditions and general well-being of the society are enhanced.
A development paradigm that focuses on building and engaging the higher forms of capital not only promotes sustainable development but also greater levels of equity and inclusion. The infinite nature of cultural, human, knowledge and institutional capital stocks allows for broad-based ownership across sectors, groups and among the citizenry. All can readily be empowered and enabled to widely engage in the building and utilization of these capital stocks and inclusively benefit from the resulting development.