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  • The Government is undertaking a US$35 million programme to improve the management of public-sector projects and ensure greater accountability and transparency.
  • The web-based system will strengthen the capacity of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to streamline the planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of Government programmes.
  • Key features of PIMS include a single entry point for all Government projects, full disclosure of expenditures, timely and credible information and review of project proposal

The Government is undertaking a US$35 million programme to improve the management of public-sector projects and ensure greater accountability and transparency.

The Public Investment Management System (PIMS), which is funded by the World Bank, falls under the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

The web-based system will strengthen the capacity of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to streamline the planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of Government programmes. It will also serve as a storehouse for information on public investment projects.

Speaking at the JIS Think Tank on June 7, Executive Director of the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC), Douglas Levermore, said the system is designed to maximise efficiency, create transparency and control financial spending on each project.

He explained that the programme will screen proposals presented to the Public Investment Management Committee (PIMC) to ensure that they are aligned with the development objectives of the country.

“MDAs and public bodies will be required to submit proposals for potential projects to the PIMC for initial screening to facilitate early assessment of alignment with national and sectoral development plans, and ensure consistency with Government strategic priorities and feasibility,” he noted.

Project proposals that pass the initial screening will be subject to detailed appraisal and evaluation to establish their economic and social value, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness.

He explained that key features of PIMS include a single entry point for all Government projects, full disclosure of expenditures, timely and credible information and review of project proposal

He said this will make selection, design and progress tracking easier for the MDAs.

It will also ensure that the Government gets value for money for its investments, and ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.

Prevent Project Duplication

Technical Advisor to PIMSEC, Dr. Andrea Barrett, told JIS News that the system will identify existing projects that are interrelated and prevent duplication.

She informed that the database will house information on previous and existing undertakings, with the lessons learnt and recommendations following the completion of each engagement.

“Other projects will be able to use information from the past to model new projects,” she pointed out.

Dr. Barrett said the expected outcomes of the PIMS are improved project design and implementation and greater accountability in governance.

The PIMS is housed at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).

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