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  • The Government’s development strategy is to be further advanced with another allotment of $10.1 million in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
  • Up to January 2016 under the project, EU support has been provided for the Justice and Environment sectors in the 11th EDF Multi-Annual Indicative Programme drafted in accordance with EU guidelines...
  • The project, which was originally slated to run from May 2012 to May 2016, has been further extended and is expected to end in November 2017. It is being implemented by the PIOJ with funding from the EU.

The Government’s development strategy is to be further advanced with another allotment of $10.1 million in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The sum has been provided under the Technical Cooperation Facility IV project, which aims to contribute to the implementation of the Jamaican Government’s development strategy, through support to programmes financed by the European Development Fund (EDF) and a coherent and informed approach to development and trade issues.

The main purpose of the project is to identify, formulate and implement programmes financed under the EDF and other European Union (EU) funds.

Up to January 2016 under the project, EU support has been provided for the Justice and Environment sectors in the 11th EDF Multi-Annual Indicative Programme drafted in accordance with EU guidelines; the EPA Capacity Building Project (EPA II)  has been identified and formulated; a Civil Works Estimate for the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Jamaica (PROMAC) has been developed; and the Public Sector Transformation Strategic Plan has been reviewed.

Other  achievements for the period include: the participation of five Government officials in the Annual Federal Enterprise Risk Management Seminar financed by the project; participation of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Deputy DPP and Police Civilian Oversight Authority (PCOA) officers in the International Association of Prosecutors Conference; PCOA officers in the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) Conference; and training of officers of the Revenue Protection Division in fraud investigation.

For the 2016/17 period, it is expected that a Technical Assistant will be engaged to provide support to the office of National Authorising Officer in the programming process for the 11th EDF; strategic guidance and policy advice will be provided to the Government on the GOJ-EU Cooperation Programme and the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement; and an Enterprise Risk Management Framework will be established for the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).

The project, which was originally slated to run from May 2012 to May 2016, has been further extended and is expected to end in November 2017. It is being implemented by the PIOJ with funding from the EU.