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A team of technicians from Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) will be in Jamaica, June 21 to 22, to discuss Vision 2030, Jamaica’s National Development Plan, with representatives of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).
Lead Consultant and Economic Specialist in the Plan Development Unit at the PIOJ, Richard Lumsden, said that the visit will enable the IPEA to observe existing systems of tracking, monitoring and evaluation, discuss specific issues of the Vision 2030 plan, in regards to its four main themes, as well as potential areas of cooperation with Jamaica.
“This visit by the IPEA is a follow up to Prime Minister Golding’s visit to Brazil in January of this year, and we are hoping that we’ll be able to discuss common areas of economic, social and environmental development, as well as potential areas that we can exchange information or other forms of technical cooperation,” he said in an interview with the JIS.
“We hope we can learn from them, as they have a team with specific expertise in particular areas. They have particular interest in areas of the macro economy, infrastructure, social protection and the environment.these are all areas of current interest in our Vision 2030 Jamaica plan,” he added.
The first day of the visit will include presentations and discussions on the Plan, the Threshold 21 model and JAMSTATS database, which are elements of the planning framework. The group will also receive an overview of the Jamaican economy and social development, and other related planning processes within Jamaica.
On the second day, the team will visit the Ministry of Transport and Works, for a presentation on the internet-based monitoring and evaluation system piloted by the Ministry. The visit will end with a wrap-up session including discussions on the main areas for future cooperation.
Jamaica is in the first phase of implementing the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, conceptualised with the aim of making Jamaica “the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business” by 2030.
The Plan is being implemented through seven consecutive three-year Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Frameworks (MTF), prioritised packages of policies, strategies and programmes proposed by the Government for implementation over the 20-year period to 2030.
The IPEA is a Brazilian public foundation subordinated to the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management. It undertakes macroeconomic, sectoral and thematic research, with the objective of helping the government in the production, analysis and diffusion of information as well as the elaboration of public policies.