The draft NDS was launched on Monday 6th January, 1997 by the late President His Excellency Dr Cheddi Jagan. Soon after this, the NDS Secretariat was established to manage the public consultation phase and, in the near future, the Secretariat will be organising public consultation workshops in various regions of the country. This web site has been established to allow wider access to the NDS, and to encourage comments on the draft document.
The NDS contains six volumes. Volume 1 presents the overall objectives of the NDS and includes summaries of the technical chapters. Volume 2 deals in-depth with macro-economic policy. It looks at issues such as taxation, reform of the public sector and banking policy. Volume 3 includes forward looking policies for the social sector. It considers important areas such as poverty, the environment, gender and Amerindian issues.Volume 4 contains chapters on the productive sectors. It examines issues such as rice development, forest management, the role of the private sector and tourism. Volume 5 examines the infrastructure sectors and deals with areas such as the energy sector and transport development. Volume 6 contains recommendations for legislative changes and a programme of public investments.