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Bullock tapped for PIOJ job

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Economist Colin Bullock ... tipped to be next head of the PIOJ.

Discussions are ongoing for Colin Bullock, now a senior lecturer in the department of economics at the University of the West Indies, to take over as the head of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, sources have confirmed.

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips confirmed that Bullock is to take over as head of the agency but had no further comment.

"An announcement will be made shortly," Phillips told Sunday Business.

Bullock is a former central banker who also served as financial secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Planning from May 2005 up to May 2008.

Bullock joined the Bank of Jamaica in 1986. He was a deputy governor in charge of the research and economic programming division at the time of his departure.

declined to comment

In the past, he was also board member of both the PIOJ and the BOJ.

Bullock declined to comment.

Everton McFarlane is now acting as director general of the planning agency following the departure of Professor Gladstone Hutchinson, who served as director general for about two years.

As the planning agency of the Government, the PIOJ's functions include initiating and coordinating the development of policies, plans and programmes for the economic, financial, social, cultural and physical development of Jamaica.

The PIOJ also undertakes research on national development issues and is the lead agency for the implementation of the Government's national development plan, dubbed Vision 2030.

sabrina.gordon@gleanerjm.com