Gov’t sets up public reform panel chaired by prime minister

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AMMAN — The Cabinet on Tuesday decided to set up a committee headed by Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh to plan and oversee a public sector reform drive, a statement said.اضافة اعلان

The panel is mandated with revisiting relevant legislation and adapt recommendations on a restructuring process.

The development, which came amid calls for genuine reform by public opinion leaders and reformists, was received with mixed reactions by experts, a lawmaker and former officials.

President of the Social Economic Council, Mohammad Halayka hailed the decision as a “step in the right direction”.

“The government picked up on the messages that administrative reform is a priority and as we referred to in the State of the Country report 2020.” The public sector is inefficient, he said, and there is a need to slash red tape and streamline the governmental sector, Halayka, also a former deputy premier and lawmaker, told Jordan News.

The recently released report defines public administration reform as a “process that aims to reduce spending and improve performance in the country’s entities and administrative units”.

The document also points out the “rapid changes” seen in recent years.

“The past years have seen developments and challenges that had a direct impact on public administration and sector. Major challenges include the change in the state’s role, climate change, and technological and communications advances. Thus, the public sector must benefit from others’ experiences in order to adapt to the exponential changes.”

MP Saleh Armouti believes that the public sector is “inefficient” and that there is a dire need to “stop the decline”.

“The Kingdom needs policies and programs devised in collaboration with the civil society, experts, private sectors along with decision-makers”, he told Jordan News.

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