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  • PIOJ will continue work this year to support implementation of the country’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with an $8.38 million allocation.
  • The undertaking aims to assist the Government by increasing the effectiveness of development planning.
  • These targets are expected to be achieved through the development of a computable General Equilibrium Model.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will continue work this year to support implementation of the country’s  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with an $8.38 million allocation, earmarked in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by Parliament’s Standing Financing Committee.

The undertaking aims to assist the Government by increasing the effectiveness of development planning towards better monitoring and planning for achieving the MDGs; improving the Government’s analytic and management capacity; and developing data to enable the Government to have good quality data for decision making.

These targets are expected to be achieved through the development of a computable General Equilibrium Model; a revised minimum poverty food basket framework; and establishing monitoring indicators for the National Development Plan.

These were attained between the project start-up date in April 2009, and November 2013.

Anticipated targets for 2014/15 include: developing a detailed document outlining an action plan for achieving the goals, deemed in danger of not being achieved; completing work on a manual designed for the Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium Model; and developing documents which address challenges experienced by Jamaicans in meeting basic nutrition levels.

The project, which is funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is slated for completion in September 2015.