PIOJ gets $14.9 Million for Research


A sum of $14.9 million has been earmarked in the 2010/11 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives, for the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) Strategic Flexible Funding Facility.
The undertaking, jointly funded by the Government and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), aims to respond to the administration’s strategic short-term development needs by facilitating the relevant interventions requiring high quality research and analysis, which will have high impact, with a quick turnaround time.
Activities completed under the project, which commenced in December 2009, include: preparation of a tax expenditure study, and a fiscal responsibility framework; preparation of a public expenditure study, with one deliverable being received thus far; and the establishment of a public investment prioritisation framework.
Anticipated targets for 2010/11 include: re-organisation of the Public Enterprise Division; modernisation of the tax administration framework; establishment of the national energy policy; and a public expenditure review of the education sector.
The project is slated to run until December 2011.

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