By Tony Obiechina, Abuja
Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, has inaugurated a Technical Working Group (TWG) on Macroeconomic Framework and Growth Diagnostics for the Development of Nigeria Agenda 2050 and the Medium Term National Development Plan (MTNDP 2021-2025).
Inaugurating the group through a virtual forum, the Minister said the initiatives were designed to succeed the current Nigeria Vision 20:2020 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP 2017 – 2020) respectively.
According to a statement by the Ministry’s Director of Information, Mrs Victoria Agba-Attah, the framework would address development challenges in all aspects of the country’s national life within the agreed time horizon.
Prince Agba stated that inauguration of the group became imperative given the fact that the existing plans were expected to lapse in December 2020 and the 2021 Budget was to be guided by the Framework.
‘’Therefore, there is limited time to deliver on the task at hand’,’ the Minister said.
In selecting members of the Group who were drawn from relevant ministries, parastatals and the private sector, Prince Agba informed that individual wealth of experience, expertise and dedication to national assignment over the years were considered.
The Group’s terms of reference include, to prepare a robust and broad-based Macroeconomic Framework to facilitate the development of the Nigeria Agenda 2050 and Medium Term National Development Plan (MTNDP 2020-2025); improve on the work of the technical staff of the Ministry with necessary adjustments; and consider existing macroeconomic models for the Nigerian economy, identify and employ the right model or a mix of models for the preparation of the Macroeconomic framework.
The Group is also expected to conduct proper growth diagnostics on the Nigerian economy, taking into consideration the current and future global and local economic peculiarities; review the assumptions, parameters and forecasts used for previous macroeconomic frameworks that guided the Medium Term Plans and Annual Budgets and make necessary adjustments in line with current realities; consult relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the needed data and validate the ones collated by the Ministry, amongst others.
Earlier in her remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Mrs. Olusola Idowu, disclosed that the Ministry had identified 26 broad and key thematic areas of the economy on which TWGs had been set up.
She noted that the Macroeconomic framework and Growth Diagnostics had been recognized as the fulcrum upon which the work of all other TWGs would depend, adding that the work and output of the Group would determine how complete and robust the plans being envisaged by Government would be.
Idowu therefore charged members of the Group to deploy their wealth of experience, skills and expertise in delivering a robust Macroeconomic Framework.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, the Chairman of the 30-member TWG, who is also the Special Adviser to President (Economic Matters) Office of the Vice President, Ambassador Adeyemi Dipeolu, appreciated the Ministry for appointing them for the very important national assignment.
He, however, appealed to the Minister to provide a Secretariat and necessary logistics for the successful execution of the assignment.