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Main Functions and Responsibilities

As the foremost planning agency of the government, the PIOJ’s functions include:

  • Initiating and coordinating the development of policies, plan and programmes for the economic, financial, social, cultural and physical development of Jamaica
  • Advising the Government on major issues relating to economic, environmental and social policy
  • Undertaking research on national development issues
  • Providing technical and research support to the Cabinet
  • Collecting, compiling, analysing and monitoring social status and economic performance data
  • Managing external cooperation agreements and programmes
  • Collaborating with external funding agencies in the identification and implementation of development projects

The Institute also has responsibility to:

  • Interpret decisions on economic and social policy and integrate them into the national development programme
  • Prepare economic models for the guidance of policymakers, investors and other planners.
  • Assess existing and projected social, economic and human resources and formulate plans for the most effective use of such resources
  • Coordinate national, regional and sectoral development planning to facilitate the consistent and efficient implementation of projects and programmes
  • Determine the economic, financial and technical feasibility of new development projects, and coordinate the implementation of ongoing projects
  • Be instrumental in conceptualizing investment projects for national development
  • Maintain a national socio-economic library
  • Prepare and disseminate socio-economic data and analysis through its publications
  • Prepare population projections
  • Undertake consultant activities for local and foreign Government entities

Director General’s Secretariat

The Director General provides technical and managerial leadership by ensuring that priorities are identified, resources are available to achieve targets, and outputs are on schedule and technically sound. At the technical level, advice is provided to Cabinet on the formulation and implementation of macroeconomic and sectoral policies; there is ongoing assessment of the existing socioeconomic framework; and missions/negotiations are undertaken for development programming assistance and performance reviews. The Secretariat also provides technical advice on primary areas for sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

The PIOJ Consulting Services markets the expertise of the Institute to organizations primarily in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Services includes: socio-economic research; projects preparation and evaluation; feasibility studies and business proposals; workshops and seminars on important national, regional and international issues and information searches.


Economic Planning and Research

This Division is responsible for monitoring and evaluating economic performance and conducting economic research and analysis as a means of identifying constraints to growth and development, and providing advice for formulation of the appropriate policies to address these constraints at the macro, regional and sectoral levels. The Division also provides advice on trade and trade-related issues for policy formulation and evaluation for trade negotiations. It monitors important developments and trends in the international economy, provides in-depth analysis and evaluation with respect to the actual and/or potential impact on Jamaica, and makes recommendations for action where appropriate. EPRD is represented on the Jamaica Trade and Adjustment Team (JTAT) and participates in formulating trade negotiating positions. To effectively accomplish these tasks, the Division is engaged in economic modeling and forecasting. The models reflect the behaviour of economic, social, and environmental issues to aid in quantitative policy analysis and give guidance to policy makers, investors and other planners.

Social Policy, Planning and Research

The Division plays an integral role in the development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of social policies, programmes, and projects. A key feature of the work is tracking social progress, particularly changes in living conditions, the incidence and characteristics of poverty, and the impact of social and economic policies on vulnerable groups. This is the foundation of the policy direction and advice offered.

External Cooperation Management

This Division ensures a coordinated approach in the efficient and effective alignment of external assistance with national economic objectives priorities. This role involves: initiating the programming exercise with external finance agencies so as to identify financing for priority projects; leading the assessment process to determine project viability prior to submission to the Project Pre-selection Committee; assisting various government agencies in the design and development of investment projects; and fostering efficient project implementation through reviews with local and external agencies.

Sustainable Development and Regional Planning

Provision of policy, strategy design and coordination for sustainable development through:

  • National Sustainable Development Strategy;
  • Hazard mitigation;
  • Rural Development;
  • Urban and Regional Planning; and
  • GIS-based data/information management and reporting.

Corporate Affairs, Marketing and Communications

The production and marketing of the Institute’s publications is the main focus of this Division. Other responsibilities include:

  • coordination of the external and internal communications strategy for the organization;
  • coordinating the planning of events for the Institute including the Dialogue for Development series, quarterly press briefings and other major events;
  • coordination of all activities relevant to the work of the Board of Directors; and
  • guiding and coordinating the strategic planning process to provide annual corporate and operational plans, as well as quarterly and monthly performance reports.
  • Managing the Institute’s Bookshop

Corporate Services

The Corporate Services Division manages the information technology infrastructure, human resources, knowledge asset, finances, inventory and facilities of the Institute. It develops policies and guidelines for the efficient use and management of the Institute’s resources including performance based management system. It ensures that the PIOJ can carry out its mandate within the environmental constraints and various Government of Jamaica frameworks. This Division also provides a research base on social and economic information and contributes to project development activities in the Information sector. The Wesley Hughes Documentation Centre acts as a depository for World Bank Publications. A reference service is offered to researchers, mature students and clients referred from other libraries. Resources include: audio-video cassettes, books, journals DVDs, CD ROMs, charts, feasibility studies, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, and technical reports. Internet access and a photocopying service is provided at a nominal charge. This unit is also the focal point of the Socio-Economic Information Network (SECIN)

E-mail the “Doc Centre” at  for appointments to use the library and for information on the services offered.

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