Structure and Programmes of the Ministry
The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has a complement of five (8) 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 of 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.
Telecommunications and Technology
This Department focuses on integrating Dominica into the global economy by making advances in technology which would aid in communication, transfer of information and improved decision making. It is admitted that in the administration of the public service, telecommunications are the vehicle for greater efficiency and more effective management of resource while contributing to good governance that enhances prospects to sustain development of Dominica. Accordingly, the Department focuses on the following primary areas of responsibility:
- Linking Dominica to the global network through modern advanced technologies;
- Fostering the advancement of the national Digital Economy to increase usage, digital entrepreneurship, digital financial services and infrastructure;
- Formulating strong regulatory frameworks for penetration and sustainability of the digital economy;
- Encouraging growth of the sector through collective consciousness, human resource capacity enhancement, the building of a robust ICT network infrastructure utilizing broadband technology, de-bottlenecking the digital ecosystem, reducing the impact of risk factors;
- Building a reliable telecommunications infrastructure.
Communications, Public Relations and Broadcasting
This Division of the Ministry is responsible for fostering personal growth, facilitating social integration, promoting economic development and enriching cultural diversity utilizing multimedia platforms. The Unit now compromising the Government Information Service (GIS) and Dominica Broadcasting Services (DBS) is responsible for:
- Transmitting timely, reliable, accurate and credible public information through appropriate and available multimedia platforms (for the purpose of educating, sensitizing, informing, mobilizing and soliciting commitment from the general public or targeted audiences);
- Promoting national economic and social progress (through increased focus and attention of all sectoral plans, programmes and priorities articulated in the NRDS, the CRRP, the SDGs and Dynamic Dominica Manifesto.
- Fostering public-private sector dialogue;
- Sustaining culture and art forms through media publicity;
- Coverage of global development issues.
Film Censorship will be embedded in the Broadcasting Division and be enabled with a dedicated officer whose responsibility will be to coordinate the development of rules and regulations through an established national regulatory body. This body will assist in the development of regulations, certification, promotion and prohibition of the production of local or imported film content.