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(1) The National Development Planning Commission established by the National Development Planning Commission Act, 1994, (Act 479) and referred to as "the Commission" shall be the national co-ordinating body of the decentralised national development planning system.

(2) The decentralised national development planning system shall comprise District Planning Authorities at the district level, Regional Co-ordinating Councils at the regional level and sector agencies, Ministries and the Commission at the national level.

(3) The decentralised national development planning system shall be regulated by legislative instruments and guidelines issued by the Commission.

(4) The Commission shall by legislative instrument provide further for the time and procedure for the submission of development plans to the Commission.