$27.9 million grant lost, STATIN to explain how
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today to explain how it lost $27.9 million in grant funding.
The funds from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were slated for development of a National Statistics System, but the country will no longer get this money because of implementation delays.
A recent query by the Auditor General’s Department about the project confirmed that it was incomplete.
The project was originally conceptualised as a three-year project to run from October 2009 to October 2012.
The UNDP extended the project to December 2012.
And now the Auditor General’s department says it has concerns about how the remaining components of the project will be funded.
The department reported in a document tabled during a PAC sitting last week that a draft gap analysis was delivered under the project in December 2012.
It said a team of senior officers at STATIN is now reviewing the draft gap analysis with a view to recommend the development of a statistical master plan.
STATIN has reportedly advised that a review of the gap analysis was currently being funded by internal sources and would continue in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
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