A team of technicians from Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) were today (June 21), briefed by representatives from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), on Jamaica’s national development plan – Vision 2030.
Lead Consultant in the Planning and Development Unit at the PIOJ, Richard Lumsden, explained to the Brazilian team that the overall aim for the Vision 2030 plan, “is to take Jamaica to achieve developed country status by the year 2030.”
“We want to move Jamaica up the value chain away from dependence on commodity export production and we want to be able to do that to develop our institutional, knowledge and human capital and take advantage of our cultural capital, so that we can also improve the value-added production and exports for the country,” he noted.
Lead Consultant in the Planning and Development Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Richard Lumsden (third left), addresses a team of technicians from Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) on Jamaica’s national development plan, Vision 2030, during a special meeting at the PIOJ’s office on Oxford Road, New Kingston, on June 21. Listening (from left) are: Social Sector Specialist in the Planning and Development Unit at PIOJ, Charles Clayton; Acting Director General of the PIOJ, Dr. Pauline Knight and Director of the Directorate of Studies and Economic Relations and International Policy at IPEA, Dr. Mario Lisbon Theodoro.
Mr. Lumsden added, the issue of getting government ministries and agencies to adopt the plan poses a challenge.
“We need to build the capacity, the public sector primarily and we also need to ensure that we are able to involve the stakeholders throughout the society, throughout the process and we need to ensure sustainability of the process. Sustainability for 20 years is a challenge, this is what we have to look at,” he said.
Director of the Directorate of Studies and Economic Relations and International Policy at IPEA, Dr. Mario Lisbon Theodoro, told JIS News that his team is in Jamaica to assess the country’s Vision 2030 plan, in a bid to provide technical advice where necessary.
“I think this is a very important co-operation between Brazil and Jamaica, because we have the same problems in several areas and we (Brazil) also have quite a lot of experience in the area of planning,” Dr. Theodoro said.
He said based on the overview of the developmental plan that he has received from Mr. Lumsden and Acting Director General of the PIOJ, Dr. Pauline Knight, Vision 2030 is an excellent plan that is quite achievable for Jamaica.
Dr. Theodoro advised, however, that implementation will be a challenge, particularly if government Agencies and Ministries fail to co-operate sufficiently with the goals of the Government.
As part of their tour, the team will also make courtesy calls on the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Evadne Coye, and the Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Alexandre Gueiros. They will also meet with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Works, Dr. Alwin Hales.
The country’s first long-term strategic plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, and the Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework 2009-2012, were tabled in Parliament on May 5, 2009 by Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding.
Development of these strategic documents involved two and half years of planning, consultations and preparation, led by the PIOJ, and included broad-based participation from all sectors of society – government, private sector, community-based organisations, academia, individual citizens of Jamaica and the international development community.
The Vision 2030 plan is expected to put Jamaica in a position to achieve developed country status by 2030 and is based on the vision: ‘Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business’.
The technical team, which consists of five specialists – four in the area of planning – is scheduled to depart the island on June 22.