PROVINCIAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENTAL COUNCIL (PPDC)

PPDC OBJECTIVES

The Provincial Planning and Development Council (PPDC) serves as an advisory entity for local governments (both the executive and legislative branches). On one hand, it provides technical consultancy to the Provincial Council with respect to setting provincial public policy which does not conflict with the federal public policy, as well as ensuring the achievement of the objectives of sustainable development. On the other hand, the Council provides technical consultation to the Governor to set local development plans to ensure the accomplishment of local development programs and projects of transferred and other Directorates of public policy set by the Provincial Council. It also makes sure there is no overlap or intersection with works and projects implemented by Federal Ministries.

PPDC STRUCTURE

The Council is chaired by the Governor while its membership comprises of:

  • One Deputy Governor.
  • Representative from the planning area of each sector. It means to nominate a representative from each sectoral directorate (transferred pursuant to Article 45 of the Law of Provinces not Incorporated into a Region No. 21 of 2008, as amended) who has expertise in the area of planning so as to become a permanent member of the PPDC.
  • Director of Financial Affairs Directorate.
  • Chair of Provincial Investment Commission.
  • Ministry of Planning’s provincial Planning Directorate. Planning Directorate in the Province that is under the Ministry of Planning is represented by one member in the PPDC so as to ensure that provinces are working according to planning standards adopted in the development of annual plans and their compliance with Federal Public Policies.
  • The Council is to summon no more than six experts (two academics, two CSO representatives, and two private sector representatives), depending on the nature and specificity of the meeting.

The Council has a Secretariat for coordination of administrative affairs, correspondence, and meeting minutes.

High Commission for Coordination between Provinces Secretariat (HCCPSEC) Chair, Dr. Torhan al-Mufti hashing out the final draft of the Provincial Planning Development Council (PPDC) restructuring plan with MOP Directorate of Local and Provincial Development Director General, Dr. Mohamed Mohsen al-Sayid; Council of Minister’s Secretariat (COMSEC) representative, Mr. Abbas Mohsen Zibon; and HCCPSEC staff, Mr. Othman Ali Selman

TASKS AND DUTIES OF PPDC

  1. ROLE IN SETTING LOCAL PUBLIC POLICY
    • Receiving information related to current situations from transferred directorates and other Directorates.
    • Identifying the deviation of service indicators from national and local planning standards.
    • Recommending the trends for provincial public policy to Provincial Council.
    • Providing counsel and technical support to Provincial Council for setting local public policy so as to ensure equal growth in the province and meet service needs of the citizens.
  2. ROLE IN SETTING DEVELOPMENT PLANS
    • Proposing objectives and programs for local development plan in light of the public policy approved by Provincial Council.
    • Making the follow up for setting sectoral objectives and programs of local directorates so as to ensure their realization for the priorities of local public policy.
    • Coordinating the work with local and federal directorates so as to ensure sectoral and location-related integration of local development plan.
    • Assisting the Governor in reviewing annual investment budgets of local directorates so as to ensure their realization for the local development objectives.
    • Evaluating and coordinating programs proposed by Province’s Districts and Sub-districts.
    • Proposing mechanisms for citizen participation in the development of local development plans in compliance with the principle of transparency.
    • Developing studies for clearing the way for investment-friendly environment in the province and in cooperation with Investment Commission.
    • Tracking periodic reports related to performance indicators of services delivered by local directorates, and recommending necessary actions to deal with deviations in delivering services to the citizens.
  3. ROLE IN HARMONIZATION OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS WITH THE PLANS OF FEDERAL MINISTRIES IN THE PROVINCE
    • Coordinating the efforts to identify development projects carried out by federal organs within administrative boundaries of the province, via communicating with the ministries or their directorates in the province to obtain needed data, so as to make sure there is no overlap upon including them within provincial annual plans.
    • Proposing specific programs for local government so as to activate the role of private sector in local development.
    • Coordinating the development effort between the Province and nearby provinces, so as to ensure the realization of regional integration as well as the optimal utilization of comparative advantages of the provinces.

INSTRUCTION RELATED TO THIS COUNCIL ARE ISSUED WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE CHAIR OF THE HIGH COMMISSION FOR COORDINATION BETWEEN PROVINCES (HCCP)

Those instructions will be issued by HCCP’s Secretariat so as to ensure smooth appliance of the new structure, and will be sent to the provinces once approved by the HCCP Chair.

JUSTIFYING REASONS

  1. To have a single consultancy reference for regulating planning and development affairs in the province.
  2. To coordinate the development efforts between local governments and Federal Government so as to ensure balanced development though the entire province.