“It’s not an academic exercise. You’re dealing with markets, business, politicians, a whole variety of different citizens with different vested interests. Whatever you do has to take into account all of those factors,” Davies, the global director for international development assistance services at KPMG told CNBC Africa on Tuesday.
“However, there are certain tools that you can use that will help you along the process. One of them is the active engagement of leadership in the process. When you bring about a major change like this, you need to look at the resources you need to implement it.”
The National Development Plan (NDP) is centred around economic infrastructure, transitioning to a low carbon economy, improving education and training, promoting health and building safer communities to name a few.
South Africa, which has also placed a strong emphasis on reducing poverty and fighting corruption, is one of six African countries with a national vision for 2030.
The country’s Vision 2030 aims to reduce the unemployment rate from 25 per cent to six per cent. Labour force participation is expected to rise from 54 per cent to 65 per cent and 11 million additional jobs are targeted for 2030 in the areas of employment and growth.
It also indicates that zero tolerance for corruption will be achieved by building a resilient anti-corruption system, strengthening the accountability and responsibility of public servants, creating an open, responsive and accountable public service and strengthening judicial governance and the rule of law.
Davies believes that critical steps need to be taken to unlock the actual execution of this vision.
“It actually helps to set up a process of actually going through the plan in detail, breaking it down into measurable chunks, usually five year periods, and then you can actually set clear measurable targets for each element of the plan and you can monitor those.”