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Strategic Planning Is Bedrock To Success 

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai — Cameroon’s Minister of the Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development, MINEPDED, Pierre Hele, has declared that strategic planning constitutes the bedrock for success in every development endeavour. He made the declaration in Yaounde on May 16, during a day-long workshop to validate the national strategic document for the environment, nature protection and sustainable development sub-sector.

Participants at the event included MINEPDED officials, representatives of national and international NGOs as well as development partners in the domain. “Your presence is testimony of the importance your institution attaches to issues of the environment, which, it must be stated, have to be taken into consideration in all the sustainable development perspectives,” the Minister stated.

Explaining their use of the term strategy in trying to achieve their objectives, Minister Hele said: “It is the art of coordinating actions…to attain a goal. In other words strategy corresponds to a package of decisions and actions oriented in a long term manner to achieve the mission of an enterprise as well as its mode of organisation and functioning.”

According to the Minister, strategy remains a strong daily tool needed for every institution to successfully attain its objectives. “Since actions to conserve the environment, protect nature and ensure sustainable developments are indispensable for the survival of humanity, we, therefore, easily understand the importance of strategy as an issue today. We have a noble and exalting mission to ensure the protection of the environment for human, animal and vegetal survival,” he added.

The Minister disclosed that since 2004, President Paul Biya gave instructions for resumption of the long and medium term strategic planning of government action. A sub-sectoral strategic document which was validated at the meeting was, therefore, in line with the new exigencies and in conformity with a decision of April 2011 by the Minister, creating an internal committee to work on the document.

“On the methodological and technical aspects, this strategic document benefited from the support of a consultant from MINEPAT,” the Minister told the participants. The Committee, it was disclosed, worked in line with the 2011 edition of the methodological guide of strategic planning of Cameroon that was elaborated by MINEPAT.

After a series of preparatory meetings, the Committee members moved to the five agro-ecological regions covering the ten regions of Cameroon where consultations, assessments and analyses of the state of the environment were conducted leading to the formulation of strategic choices, elaboration of priority actions plan and a framework for follow-up and evaluation.

Outlining the stages that led to the production of the 247-page strategic document, Pierre Hele urged the stakeholders to reflect and refine the document which according to him, would serve as a reference framework for the next five years in the environment, nature protection and sustainable development sub-sector.

First published in The Post print edition no 01432

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