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Bullock’s contract at PIOJ ends April

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMSteven Jackson
Collin Bullock, director general of the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

Colin Bullock's three-year contract as director general of the Planning Institute (PIOJ) of Jamaica expires next month.

"You can indicate that my contract ends on April 15th," he confirmed to the Financial Gleaner.

Asked whether he wanted to continue heading the agency, Bullock declined to give any indication, presumably in order to respect protocol.

"I am not offering any comment on that. All I am telling you on the record is that my contract ends April 15, and there is no certainty I will be in office after that date," he said.

Bullock, an accomplished economist, has served in various public institutions across different administrations.

He joined the Bank of Jamaica in 1986 as a director, after leaving academia, and eventually rose to the position of deputy governor of the central bank from 1996 to 2005. He was seconded to the Ministry of Finance to serve as financial secretary from 2005 to 2008. He returned to academia as a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, but rejoined government service in 2013 when he was tapped to run the PIOJ.

Bullock has also been chairman of the Financial Services Commission since March 2012.

Queries sent to Finance Minister Audley Shaw on the Bullock's retention were unanswered.