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National dialogue recommends abolishing Civil Service Bureau — ESC

Civil Service Bureau
(File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Among the recommendations of the National Dialogue on Modernizing the Public Sector, conducted by the Economic and Social Council (ESC), was the abolition of the Civil Service Bureau and the establishment of a Civil Service and Public Administration Authority to focus primarily on oversight, according to local media outlets.اضافة اعلان

On Monday, the ESC published the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue, which was based on the competencies and knowledge of a diverse national participant base.

The dialogue sessions saw the participation of representatives of different segments of society, private- and public-sector stakeholders, heads of provincial and municipal councils, heads of chambers of industry and commerce, representatives of international organizations and trade unions, academics, university students, and youth.

According to a summary of the outputs, the majority of respondents — 62 percent — supported the abolition of the Civil Service Bureau. In addition, the vast majority (87 percent) of participants in a survey of government leaders supported the move.

The outputs also showed that participants were in favor of adopting decentralization in the appointment process, provided that the role of the proposed authority is a supervisory role, and that appointment is based on competence.

During the sessions, the topic of accountability for public sector employees and officials was discussed extensively, with a focus on integrating efficiency into appointments, changing the culture of employees in the public sector, eliminating nepotism, enhancing job loyalty, and integrating the principle of achievements-based rewards among employees.

Participants also stressed the importance of enhancing institutional culture and employee responsibility in the public sector.

There was opposition to abolishing the Ministry of Labor due to the vital and multifaceted role it plays.

However, the majority of participants supported a merger of the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, as a joint ministry could enhance the development of infrastructure and increase coordination among concerned authorities. On this point, the majority of government leaders were in opposition to a merger.