Gov’t plans significant structural changes under modernization plan

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AMMAN — As part of its drive to modernize the public sector, the government is making structural adjustments to the labor sector, abolishing the Ministry of Labor and transferring its tasks and duties to other ministries, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

His Majesty King Abdullah stressed that the objective of modernizing the public sector is to improve services offered to citizens, and bolster the efficiency of public administration. He urged coordination among state institutions to ensure the implementation of the modernization roadmap, which includes in its first phase an action plan for the years 2022–2025.

The Committee to Modernize the Public Sector, chaired by Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh, is starting its work immediately to introduce the changes, which are expected to ease bureaucracy, nepotism, and red tape at various public offices.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Shraideh said that “the government will work on establishing a ministry for unifying government’s discourse.” He said that the road map outlines the government’s ambition to unify public sector institutions.

Under the plan, which was released by the government on Sunday, the duties and tasks of the Ministry of Labor will be handed over to the ministries of industry, trade and supply, interior, education, and human resources development.

The process is scheduled to be completed in two years.

Pundits, however, voiced concern over the abolition of the ministry, saying it may lead to a mess in the labor market and that the timing of the change is inappropriate, considering rising unemployment and poverty. The Ministry of Labor supervises and organizes the work market.

Taking a broader look at the expected changes, pundits also sounded the alarm that the changes may not come easy, as some forces may hamper the change, fearing that it could undermine their clout in society.

The Ministry of Labor includes 19 directorates and units on its Amman premises, along with 19 directorates in all governorates, and has 701 employees.
His Majesty King Abdullah stressed that the objective of modernizing the public sector is to improve services offered to citizens, and bolster the efficiency of public administration.
The government is working to regulate the Jordanian business environment and the labor market by transferring the National Employment Program and its tasks to the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply between 2022 and 2024.

The government is also set to abolish the Vocational Training Corporation and transfer its tasks to the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, during the same period.

The new structural amendments also work on regulating issues related to expatriate workers by transferring the tasks of issuing work permits, inspecting and recording violations to the Ministry of Interior.

As part of the restructuring process, the presidency of the Board of Directors of the Development and Employment Fund and the Social Security Corporation will be transferred to the Industry Ministry.

According to the plan, the government will also carry out structural adjustments to the social services sector, during which the Ministry of Youth will merge with the Ministry of Culture to become one ministry to be called the Ministry of Culture and Youth, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.

The merger is expected to be completed during 2022–2023.

In the course of the next two years, the government will also evaluate the model of Prince Hamzah Hospital to make the necessary improvements and apply it wherever possible to the rest of the hospitals, in addition to developing the hospitals’ management.

During 2022–2024, the government will also review the transformation of the Higher Health Council into a supervisory body for the health sector in both the public and private sectors.

Additionally, the state will transfer the duties of care homes for the elderly and individuals with severe disabilities from the Ministry of Social Development to the Ministry of Health.

In the infrastructure services sector, the government will make adjustments, most notably is merging the Ministry of Transport with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.

The new ministry will be called the Ministry of Infrastructure Services. The change is expected to be implemented between 2022 and 2024.

Additionally, the duties of the Jordanian Maritime Commission will be transferred to the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, while the responsibilities of the Housing and Urban Development Corporation will be removed from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing and handed over to the Ministry of Local Administration.

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