As we move into Fiscal 2024 and thus closer to the end of the Planning Horizon 2021-2025, it is imperative that implementation of initiatives funded through the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) be heightened.

This is towards achieving our National Goals as outlined in our National Development Strategy 2016-2030 (Vision 2030), as well as implementing the recommendations of the Roadmap to Recovery Reports (RRR) and the Community Recovery Reports (CRR). Over the next two years, efforts by the Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD) will continue to focus on assisting Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in removing bottlenecks to PSIP implementation and overcoming implementation challenges.

Removing Bottlenecks Towards Faster PSIP Implementation

In order to tackle these PSIP implementation bottlenecks and challenges, the Project Planning and Reconstruction Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development will continue its annual sensitisation and training programme, by spearheading sessions to build project management capacity for persons engaged in the development and execution of PSIP projects.

This is given that this capacity gap continues to affect PSIP implementation. The aim is to deliver better quality interventions, value for money and enhanced positive effects to citizens. The training focuses on project planning and preparation of the Project Screening Brief (PSB), which is stipulated in the Call Circular as a requirement for funding of new projects under the PSIP. A review of the 2021-2022 PSIP revealed that projects with PSBs recorded a higher rate of utilisation than projects without PSBs. Therefore, better planned and designed projects have faster implementation. In fiscal 2023, a total of six hundred and thirteen (613) persons across the public service were trained. This comprised two hundred and sixty-eight (268) face-to-face presentations and three hundred and forty-five (345) virtual ones.

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