Structure and Programmes of the Ministry

 

The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has a complement of six (6) divisions/units:

Policy Formulation and Administration Division

The Division holds the responsibility for formulation and enforcement of policies for the effective and efficient administration of the Ministry. Governance of the Ministry is executed through prudent fiscal management, effective personnel administration, resilient and development planning and the provision of oversight, coordination and collaboration for high performance of all units and divisions, towards the attainment of the national resilient, transformative and sustainable agenda.

Office of the Chief Development Planner

This Office focuses on designing the national management development framework through the roll-out of the Sustainable Development Goals, National Resilience Development Strategy (NRDS) 2018-2030, the Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan (CRRP) 2020-2030, and the Compendium of policies derived from the Development of Dynamic Dominica: Building Resilience.  Moreover, the OCDP has the responsibility to advise on policy formulation and implementation to ensure conformity with national plans and national development priorities.

The Office also leads the mobilization and management of technical, financial and development support for the successful implementation of Government’s priority plans and programmes. With the Support of the three units that fall under its ambit, the Office of the CDB will coordinate the planning, mainstreaming and implementation processes; measure national performance, and report on the sustainable and resilience development agenda.

For effective delivery on the national Resilience Agenda, the Office will be enabled with a sustainability or resilience officer whose role will be to localize and integrate sectoral plans, policies and strategies to be aligned to the overall national development management framework and the specific resilience planning and sustainable development agenda.

Economic Planning Unit

This Unit of the Ministry, functioning under the supervision of the Chief Development Planner, is responsible for carrying out macro-economic analysis and advise on the economic performance of the country.  In so doing, a critical function of the EPU is to conduct macro-economic forecasts to guide the allocation of the budget based on resource availability and the impact on the economy, and related policy research to inform national and sectoral plans, policies, programmes and projects.  The Office also provides support to the CDP in the development of national reports and the formulation and/or revision of national development plans.

Officers of this unit are expected to liaise closely with the PSIP Unit in the monitoring and evaluation of capital investments and in undertaking project sites visits.

Public Sector Investment Programme Unit

The PSIP Unit is responsible for the formulation of the annual and medium term Public Sector Investment Programme of the Government. The Unit also monitors the technical and financial implementation of the capital budget in collaboration with line ministries, and through online dashboards; weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports; supervisory and technical meetings; and project site visits.

The PSIP Unit also collaborates with line ministries in the preparation and submission of project proposals seeking allocation of resources.  In so doing, the Unit advises the policy makers on the effective allocation of resources for competing projects.  Furthermore, the PSIP staff effectively administer, co-ordinate and monitor grants, both financial and technical assistance within the budget.

A critical role of the PSIP Unit is to collate and analyze public expenditure to inform the budget allocation process.

Social Planning Unit

Under the supervision of the Social Development Planner, the Unit conducts social research, policy analysis and development, social development planning, and stakeholder mobilization.  The unit also helps provide direction on social innovation to improve the quality of life of all Dominicans.  The work of the Unit focuses on social issues that affects families, communities and the general society, such as social exclusion, social inequality, social cohesion, and social determinants of poverty such as health, standard of living, living wage, and housing and settlement. 

The Unit supports the EPU in the development and monitoring national plans of the country.  

Physical Planning and Town and Country Planning

This portfolio allocation will cater to regulated development of the land in accordance with the established legislative and regulatory framework and will include the following:

  • Guiding development on land, over the land and in water in accordance with the Physical Planning Act
  • Engaging in geo-spatial planning which will involve use of land, area zonal plans
  • Approving applications for development in accordance with the Revised Building Code and Building Guidelines;
  • Leading the Resilient Dominica Physical Plan initiative as outline in the Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan;
  • Educating, informing and enforcing compliance with regulations;
  • Settling disputes arising over land use;
  • Contributing to modernization and urbanization thrusts, with particular attention to the Roseau and Portsmouth Enhancement Projects.

Goals of the Ministry

  • To provide good governance, leadership, and resource support that will create the enabling environment to achieve the mandate of the Ministry;
  • To facilitate the optimal implementation of Government’s dynamic development policies, strategies and plans in support of resilient and sustainable development;
  • To improve the investment planning system in Dominica through the Public Sector Investment Programme;
  • To develop and support the national data infrastructure that underpins high-quality research;
  • To inform economic and social policymaking and analysis by undertaking rigorous research into various socio-economic challenges, their causes and consequences in Dominica;
  • To facilitate the physical development of Dominica through planning laws, regulations and standards to achieve a safe, resilient and orderly built environment;
  • To create an enabling environment that encourages the alignment of public and private sector policies, plans and programs to national development priorities;

Priority Focus Areas

The following priority focus areas determine the direction of the Ministry, directly aligned to its strategic objectives and targets.

KRA 1:        Economic Growth, and Resilience and Sustainable Development

KRA 2:        Social Development and Protection

KRA 3:        Economic and Social Research

KRA 4:        Capital Investment

KRA 5:        Land Use and Physical Planning

KRA 6:        Policy Formulation and Management  

Core Values and Philosophy

The following core values, adopted from the Public Service Charter will guide our principles and virtues:

  • Respect for democracy
  • Impartiality
  • Non-partisanship
  • Loyalty
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Stewardship and excellence
  • Reciprocity
  • Resilience
  • Connectivity

Additionally, the staff of the Ministry have agreed to maintain high professionalism, foster good governance and participation, and maintain our development responsibility by producing excellent quality research and development outputs, and ensuring that these outputs uphold social responsibility and high ethical standards.