Work Programme: January – December 2017

Operational Review
A review of the structure and operations of the predecessor EDB with a focus on preparing for the institutionalization of the EDAB.

Start

End

Outcome

1. Structure and Operations of the EDAB

- Staffing Needs, Qualifications and Vacancies
- Staff Performance Management
- Communications with Stakeholders

- Website Management
- Consultation Processes
- Publications
- Communities of Practice

January 2017

December 2017

Interim Structure Approved
Staff Contract situation ameliorated Cohesive, committed Board supported by an efficient and competent Secretariat

2. Institutionalization of the EDAB

- Document Proposals
- Approval
- Brief for Legislation
- Legislation
- Establishment

January 2017
January
February
April
November
January 2018

December 2017
January
March
May
November
March 2018

Implementation of recommendations for creation of a permanent, independent professional Advisory Board

Strategic Review
A review of plans and programmes across relevant public sector agencies in order to make recommendations for coordination and rationalization of development initiatives.

Start

End

Intended Outcome

Review

1. Develop and make recommendations for amendment to plans and programmes and for coordination and rationalization of development initiatives

January 2017

June 2017

Rationalization, clarity and focus of development initiatives across the public sector agencies which eliminates duplication and maximizes resource use.

Diversification Strategy and Plan

1. Develop Diversification Strategy and Plan

December 2016

January 2017

2. Assist in Roll Out of Diversification Strategy and Plan

January 2017

April 2017

3. Monitor Implementation

April 2017

December 2017

Vision 2030 Strategy and Plan

1. Assist MoPD in communicating the Vision 2030 Development Strategy and Plan if required

January 2017

December 2017

Policy
A look at various facets of development policy including: Macro-economic Policy and Stabilization, Housing, Land-use and Social Policy, the Labour Market, Underemployment, Productivity and Dependency.

Start

End

Outcome

1. Macro-economic Policy and Stabilization

- Tax Administration Reform (BIR)
- Public Sector Financial Management and Reform of the PSIP

Advisory Papers on Tax Reform and Incentives
Review and Recommendations on Public Sector Financial Management

2. Housing Policy

April 2016

June 2017

Housing Policy Recommendations

3. Land Use Policy

July 2016

September 2017

Land Use Policy Recommendations

4. Social Policy

- Improving the Targeting and Effectiveness of Social Policy

- Promoting Social Cohesion

- Aging Population and Care of the Elderly

June 2017

July 2017

July 2017

October 2017

Advisory Paper on Social Policy

5. Labour Market, Underemployment, Productivity and Dependency;

March 2017

July 2017

Transformation and Institutional Reform
Initiatives that are intended to have long term beneficial impact on society and its institutions that are effected by engaging the local private sector, the public sector, the labour movement and civil society organisations.

Start

End

Outcome

1. Foresighting Exercise and R&D Centre Foresighting Exercise

Develop Plans for Establishing an R&D Centre

January 2017

May 2017

August 2017

September 2017

Innovation policy and plans for the establishment of R&D Centres

2. Empirical Studies and Macro-economic Modeling

- Economic Impact of Carnival

- Income Disparities and Inequality in Trinidad and Tobago

- Tax Effort and Reform

   - Petroleum and Natural Gas

   - VAT

   - Corporation and Personal Income Tax

- Exchange Rate and Indicators of Competitiveness

February 2017
October 2016

May 2017

February 2017

April 2017
May 2017

July 2017

June 2017

Empirical studies to address policy questions

3. Economic and Commercial Diplomacy

March 2017

June 2017

September  2017

July 2017

Advisory Paper on Economic and Commercial Diplomacy

Advisory Note on Chinese Foreign Policy

4. Diaspora Engagement

Continuous Ongoing

Diaspora Engagement Policy Paper to establish durable connection with the West Indian diaspora for access to skills, markets and capital

5. Engaging the Local Private Sector, Labour Movement and Civil Society Organisations

Continuous Ongoing

Building trust between and among the social partners

CEO/Senior Management Training for Diversification

6. Information and Communications Technology Policy

March 2017

June 2017

7. Transportation Policy including Inter Island Transportation

8. Assist the MoPD in the formation of the National Statistical Institute

Launch of the National Statistical Institute

9. Service Commissions (Public, Police, Teaching and Statutory Services) and Employment, Discipline and Performance Management in the Public Sector

March 2017

December 2017

Reform of the Service Commissions

Industry and Market Development Projects
Research, advocacy and oversight of projects that will develop specific industries such as: Manufacturing, Services, Agri-Business, and Energy and the Environment

Start

End

Outcome

MANUFACTURING

1. Steelpan Manufacturing

February 2016

April 2017

Approved Strategic Plan for Development of Steelpan Manufacturing and Exports

SERVICES

1. Sports

Approved Strategic Plan for the Development of Sport as an industry

Creative Industries:

1. Local Content Policy

May 2016

May 2017

Policy Paper submitted

2. Creative Hub (including the Literary and Visual and Performing Arts)

April 2017

July 2017

Project proposal reviewed
Implementation of hub by CreativeTT

3. Film Business

February 2017

July 2017

Strategic Plan reviewed by the EDAB
Review Rebate and make recommendations

4. Fashion

February 2016

December 2017

Review of the Fashion Strategic Plan completed
Incentive recommendations

5. Maritime Services: Trinidad Ports and Dry Docking Facilities

Port of Port of Spain Redevelopment (linked with Creative Industries)

February 2017

July 2017

December 2017

July 2017

December 2017

December 2017

Port Siting study completed

Commission proposals and review of plans for Redevelopment of Port of Port of Spain lands

Recommendations submitted

6. Energy Services
Reserves Auditing; Energy Data Repository and Data Mining

February 2017

July 2017

Strategic Plan for Energy Services

7. Business Process Outsourcing/Global ICT-Enabled Services

February 2017

December 2017

Implementation of Strategic Plan for Global ICT-Enabled Services

8. Financial Services: TTIFC Project

February 2016

October 2016

Review of Project Proposal

9. Community Services
MIPED Replication

August 2016

December 2017

Performance review of the Mayaro programme and determine if it should be rolled out to other areas in T&T

AGRI-BUSINESS

1. Medical Marijuana

September 2016

June 2017

Strategic Plan for the Medical Marijuana industry

2. Cocoa; Coconut; Honey; Cassava and Breadfruit; Pepper and Sauces

December 2015

December 2017

Initiatives to promote productions and exports

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL

1. Renewables and Energy Efficiency Policy

March 2016

June 2017

Policy paper on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency submitted

2. Green Economy Scoping Study

March 2016

Review proposal

Actions implemented

Competitiveness and Innovation
As a key determinant of global competitiveness, innovation is critical for the country's long term development. Work here includes implementation of a National Innovation Policy to support the development of a national innovation ecosystem.

Start

End

Outcome

1. National Innovation Policy (NIP)

February 2017

August 2017

Implementation Plan for NIP

2. Idea2innovation (i2i) Programme & Lumination Programme

3. IADB Loan Programme – Support for the National Innovation & Competitiveness Agenda

August 2017

October 2017

R&D Projects identified and developed from Foresighting TC exercise


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