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Climate Change/Disaster Risk Reduction Initiative Effecting Change

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is expressing satisfaction with the outcomes of the recently concluded Government of Jamaica/European Union/United Nations Environment Programme (GOJ/EU/UNEP) Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project, which it co-managed in partnership with UNEP. The 38-month project, implemented between October 2010 and December 2013, was…

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Overall Decline in Crimes Last Year

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting an overall 11.1 per cent decline in the number of serious, violent, and acquisitive crimes committed in 2013, relative to 2012. These incidents include: aggravated assault, break-ins, larceny, murder, rape, robbery, and shootings. Programme Director for the PIOJ’s Plan Development Unit, Richard…

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Employers Want Greater Focus on Technical/Vocation Training

Employers have indicated a need for changes in Jamaica’s education curriculum, with greater focus on technical training, to better prepare persons for the job market. This disclosure was made by Director of Economic and Social Research in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Shaine Palmer, during a recent labour…

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New Approach to Inner-City Housing in 2014

Chairman of the National Housing Trust (NHT), Hon. Easton Douglas, says the agency will be taking a new approach to its inner-city housing programme in 2014. “The economic times are challenging and like all other institutions, we have had to take a bold new approach to the work that we…

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PIOJ Stages Labour Market Forum Next Week

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will be staging a Labour Market Forum at two venues in Kingston from December 9 to 10. Themed ‘Reshaping the Jamaican Labour Market to Foster Economic Growth and Development’, the two-day forum is intended to provide a platform to discuss ways of developing a…

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PIOJ Launches Online System to Track Vision 2030 Progress

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has launched an online tool, which will enhance the transparency and accountability of the monitoring and evaluation process for the Vision 2030 National Development Plan. The e-Dashboard of National Indicators, which was launched on Wednesday, December 4, in Kingston, gives users a synopsis of…

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PIOJ to Launch Electronic Dashboard National Indicators Tomorrow

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will, on Wednesday, December 4, unveil the electronic format of its Dashboard of National Indicators, outlined under the country’s long-term National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. The launch is set for the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker will…

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Seven Community-Based Organisations Receive Grants

A total of seven community-based organisations have been awarded the Social Development Commission (SDC) Governance Capacity Grant Fund (GCGF), valued at $700,000, for the year 2013. The awardees are: the Whitehouse Development Area, Highgate Development Area, Papine Development Area, and Port Antonio Development Area Committees; Red Hills Communities Association; Wag…

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Data Being Collected Through RiVAMP to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change

Accurate collation of data on the impact of climate change on Jamaica’s environment is essential to efforts to mitigate the damaging effects of this phenomenon. Against this background, State agencies, such as the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), have been leading the thrust in this direction, with the implementation of…

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PIOJ Reveals Top Growth Earners for September Quarter

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says agriculture, forestry and fishing, mining and quarrying; and construction, topped the industries recording growth during the July to September quarter of the 2013/14 fiscal year, which grew by 0.6 per cent. Director General of the PIOJ, Collin Bullock, who made the disclosure at…

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Offshore – Breakwater Structure to Protect Negril Coastline

An offshore breakwater system is to be constructed along the Negril coastline, under the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) Adaptation Fund Programme. Grant funding in the sum of US$9.9 million has been allocated to the programme, through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and some US$5.4 million of…

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