Experts blame political decisions for worsening economic, social situation

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh. (File Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Politicians, economists and sociologists interviewed by Jordan News unanimously agreed that unwise political decisions have contributed to worsening the economy, with negative effects on society, including an increase in the rates of mental illnesses and crimes.اضافة اعلان

Their assessment came in the wake of the results of an opinion poll conducted by the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, which showed a 19 percent decline in the level of trust in the government of Bisher Al-Khasawneh. When his government was formed, in October 2020, 52 percent of Jordanians believed it will be able to carry out its duties; now only 33 percent hold that belief.

The poll also showed that the majority of Jordanians (85 percent) believe that the government’s economic policies and measures have failed to reduce the economic burden on citizens, or address the large increase in prices (inflation rate), poverty and unemployment rates.

Considering the local challenges/problems facing Jordan today, 44 percent of the respondents agree that the high unemployment rates and lack of job opportunities are a priority, and the government should start addressing them immediately, followed by 24 percent who believe the government has to tackle the high prices, 24 percent the high cost of living and low salaries, and 11 percent the high poverty rates.

Other gloomy findings are that the majority of Jordanians (85 percent) believe the economic situation is heading in a negative direction, 66 percent describe the current economic situation of their families as worse than a year ago, and 79 percent do not believe that theirs is a happy society.

Sociologist Hussain Al-Khuzaie
told Jordan News that “the results of the poll are realistic and logical, and truly reflect the current situation in the Jordanian society, whether in the social or economic aspect.”

“We still suffer from real challenges, most prominent of which are poverty and unemployment. These challenges have not been addressed for a long time, and they contribute to worsening the situation at all levels,” he added.

He also said that “whoever tries to beautify the picture is an unrealistic person who is not aware of the reality of the situation. Unfortunately, successive governments tackle challenges through fake promises and strategies that are not implemented on the ground.”

Economist Hussam Ayesh told Jordan News that “politicians must take decisions carefully; if the right decision is taken, this will increase the economic performance of citizens and their loyalty to their country.”

“Governments must preserve the dignity of citizens by creating better standards of living for them and providing them with a secure future,” he stressed.

Citizens who are better off financially are also more likely to have better interaction with fellow citizens, “and this will reduce turmoil and tension and help constructive interventions and investment, which will eventually raise the entire society”, he said.

Geopolitical expert Amer Al-Sabaileh believes that “the inability of governments is the result of a defect in the concept of state management”.

He said that “we are talking about a case of inefficiency, which is the result of the absence of a mechanism for decision-making and accountability, and of real programs and full powers to the government,” free from pressure from “other centers of power”.

According to Sabaileh, “the impression of the Jordanian street is overwhelmingly negative about everything that is related to government.”

“It has been so before and after the formation of the Khasawneh government, and it is the result of the absence of a decision-making mechanism, of accountability and of transparency,” he said.

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