Background on Provincial Strategy Development

As a result of the significant role that strategic planning plays in achieving economic development and welfare of citizens, the Ministry of Planning in the Kurdistan Region, in partnership with the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), developed strategic development plans for the three provinces of the Region; Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk. Through the local development and budget support programs, in addition to specialized technical support and international experience, (UNDP) provided the necessary support for the local cadres and committees in each province to implement a process of strategic planning through a participatory and integrated approach to achieve a better future that takes into account available potentials and opportunities, as well as challenges.

This strategic plan for the province comes three years after the time gap following the last strategy, which ended in 2012. The plan has been prepared with a high participation level of representatives of all sectors, as well as stakeholders of government agencies, private sector, civil institutions and local experts.
The Strategic Development Plan of Sulaymaniyah Province Identified six strategic goals that will contribute to the future vision of the Province: (1) Implementation of the master plan for Sulaymaniyah, Capital of Culture (2) Rehabilitation and development of human resources (3) Infrastructure development (4) Economic development (5) Shifting towards e-government and (6) Achieving social welfare. These goals are viewed as a guide for decision-makers and concerned parties on development priorities in Sulaymaniyah over the next three years (2016- 2018), which are likely to remain strategic priorities for a longer stage beyond the three years of the plan.

The plan adopted a (result-oriented budgeting) methodology where interventions and projects are organized on the agenda of strategic plan development within six major programs that can enable the Province to estimate annual expenditure on each program, in such a way that facilitates the management of annual financial allocations and the assessment of their impact.

The six operational programs reflect the mechanisms to be adopted to achieve the strategic goals, namely: (1) Legislative and legal amendments (2) Restructuring (3) Development of human resources(4) Provision of studies and research (5) Awareness and Media; and (6) technical/ sectoral projects.
This strategy was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning – Iraqi Kurdistan, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), cost sharing by the European Union (EU), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).