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KINGSTON — Some $722 million is to be expended by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) during the new fiscal year to continue its economic planning activities.

As set out in the Estimates of Expenditure, which is before the House of Representatives, the allocation will go towards the funding of a number of programmes being undertaken by the institute.

These include the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction programme, which has been allocated $134 million; Planning Model Development and National Development Plan 'T21', $74. 6 million; Transforming the Vital Statistics Data Collection project, $51.5 million; Jamaica Competitiveness Enhancement Programme, $28. 4 million; and the Institutionalisation of DevInfo project, $8.7 million.

In addition, the pilot programme for Climate Resilience gets $224 million; the project aimed at Understanding Social Effects of the Financial Crisis gets $53.4 million; Institutional Strengthening of the PIOJ (II) project, $45.7 million; Community Renewal Programme, $41 million; Strategic Flexible Funding Facility project, $30 million; Study on Adolescent Dislocation in Jamaica, $12.9 million; Support to National Development Planning Goals, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Human Development, $7.3 million; and the Development of National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development, $9.5 million.

The PIOJ, an agency of the Office of the Prime Minister, is responsible for initiating and coordinating the development of policies, plans and programmes for the economic, financial, social, cultural and physical development of the country.

The institute advises the Government on major issues relating to economic, environmental and social policy; undertakes research on national development issues; provides technical and research support to the Cabinet; and collects, compiles, analyses, and monitors social status and economic performance data.

It also manages external cooperation agreements and programmes, and collaborates with funding agencies in the identification and implementation of development projects.

By ALPHEA SAUNDERS, JIS Editor & Reporter

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