Welcome to Planning Commission
The Planning Commission has been established as an agency for Strategic Thinking (Think Tank) on the National Economy, providing advice to the Government on medium and long-term strategies for socio-economic development focusing on the big picture. The Commission is also responsible for monitoring and analyzing development trends and providing advice on macro and sectoral policies as well as broad socio-economic development issues. Consequently, the Commission focuses on strategic policy analysis on issues and problems of great public importance with a view to proposing appropriate solutions
The President issued a Notice on assignment of Ministerial Responsibilities (Instruments) vide Government Notice No.20 of February, 2008. This assignment of responsibilities and functions is a creation of the Second Cabinet of the Fourth phase Government.
As a result of that creation, the Planning Function has been moved from the Ministry of Planning and Economic Empowerment (which is now merged with Ministry of Finance to form a new Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs) to form a Planning Commission (Think Tank) under the President's Office.
As a Think Tank, the Planning Commission will work as a network of professionals with recognized expertise and competence in a particular domain and an authoritative claim to policy-relevant knowledge within that domain or area of concentration (issue area).
The Planning Commission is to be staffed by an appropriate number of highly qualified core full-time employees, who will lead large scale research projects with the help of part-time professional experts for the duration of the project as the situation may require and advise accordingly. These core staff may also work solo or in small groups in small scale research projects which do not require a big number of staff. This working structure will be organised in the context of matrix arrangement within or without the clusters, and with no further cluster sub-division.
The Planning Commission will be responsible for monitoring; analysing and providing advice on big picture and long term sectoral policies and socio-economic developmental issues, as well as, focus on the needs of policy makers on current policy issues. Consequently, the Planning Commission will conduct, creative, insightful and counter intuitive policy analyses on problems of great public importance to provide solutions to be implemented by the Government. This process is continuous in a systemic context