Cabinet forms committee to modernize public sector

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Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh announced on Wednesday December 22, 2021, that he has decided to form a committee to modernize the public sector. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — A Cabinet session, chaired by Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh on Wednesday, decided to form a committee to modernize the public sector, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The prime minister will chair the committee, while a number of ministers, specialized officials, experts who have experience and expertise in public administration, and private sector figures will be members.

During the session, held via teleconference, the Khasawneh said that modernizing the public sector has become necessary for economic reform and reforms related to modernizing the political system. He indicated that the committee would work within a realistic time frame set at six months, and at the end of its work, it will present a comprehensive roadmap and an executive program to modernize the public administration and streamline and develop procedures.

Khasawneh pointed out that the importance of the committee working within a partnership between the public and private sectors and experts is to reach the required outputs, within three main themes: legislative, institutional, and service improvement.

The legislative track, Khasawneh explained, will include reviewing legislation to keep up-to-date with international best practices, enhancing efficiency and institutional values to improve public administration, develop a public employees culture with regard to providing services to citizens and the need to improve their quality, and dealing with the private sector as a partner.

Concerning the institutional theme, the premier added that it includes examining the possibility of merging some independent institutions, and perhaps at a later stage, merging some ministries to streamline the public administration and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the government apparatus.

As for the third theme related to improving services provided to citizens, Khasawneh called for focusing on automating government services, improving the investment environment, and developing basic services including health, education, transportation, and social welfare.

Khasawneh referred to challenges the Jordanian public administration has faced in recent years, in terms of the declining performance and bureaucratic procedures, and the need to rehabilitate human cadres, which has become an obstacle to completing transactions of citizens and investors.

He underlined the need to revitalize the Jordanian public administration, which has always been an example of efficiency and has exported expertise and competencies to many countries.

He noted that the committee would conduct a gap analysis to identify deficiencies in the public sector and identify possible areas for improvement and development.

The committee will include Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Shraideh, Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs Ibrahim Al-Jazi, Minister of State for Follow-up Affairs and Government Coordination Nawaf Tall, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmad Hanandeh, Director-General of the Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) Nisreen Barakat, Head of the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) Sameh Nasser, Executive Director of the King Abdullah II Centrefor Excellence (KACE) Ibrahim Rawabdeh, former CSB Secretary-General Badriya Belbeisi, Ernst & Young Levant, Iraq and Libya Managing Partner Waddah Barkawi, Jordan Ahli Bank Chairman of the Board of Directors Saad Muasher, and Samar Obaid, in addition to a legal expert to be named by the Prime Minister.

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