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Commerce sector leaders want seats in governorate councils

Members of the Lower House are seen under the Dome. (Photo: Jordan News)
Members of the Lower House are seen under the Dome. (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN – On Tuesday, the parliamentary joint committee (consisting of both the legal and administrative committees) continued to discuss the Municipalities and Decentralization bill for the year 2021.اضافة اعلان

The draft law was referred to the panel by the LowerHouse before it went into recess.

Deputy Ahmad Al-Khalaileh, committee member and rapporteur, said that Tuesday’s session picked up where last week's session ended. The lawmakers last week discussed the bill with heads of municipal councils and members of governorate councils.

“Today we started the dialogue with the presidents of the chambers of industry and commerce from all governorates,” he told Jordan News.

Khalaileh added that the work of the committee on the proposed law will continue for around a month, explaining that the committee’s role at this stage is to listen to the related various opinions and suggestions.

“Today's meeting was useful and many points related to the bill were raised. The most important issue raised was a demand by the heads of the chambers of industry and commerce to be appointed as members in governorate councils,” the MP added.

The lawmaker anticipates that the Parliament will hold an extraordinary session, a topic that has been discussed at several recent meetings. “We finished Amman Municipality bill, and I expect to wrap up the municipalities and decentralization bill within a month, so I expect holding an extraordinary session [to vote on] these bills and others,” he said.

The municipalities and decentralization bill is intended to increase public participation in the decision-making process and to enroot the principle of decentralization at the governorate level. This process will work, according to observers and participants in the dialogue, by delegating some of the powers of the center and the mandates of certain governmental departments to the governorates with their various councils.

Earlier, Parliament Speaker Abdel Moneim Al-Awdat has commented that the House will take into consideration relevant observations from stakeholders to come up with a law that “bridges gaps, meets needs, and achieves the goals we aspire to."

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