JD348 million for economic reform and public sector in new budget

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AMMAN – The government has increased the allocated funds for projects related to the Economic Reform Vision and the map of updating the public sector in the 2024 budget to reach JD348 million, compared to JD233 million in the 2023 budget after a "reassessment,", according to Al-Mamlaka TV. اضافة اعلان

Among the key principles on which the 2024 budget is built, the government has allocated a 5 percent increase to implement the requirements of the Economic Reform Vision and the map of updating the public sector for the fiscal year 2023-2024, including initiatives, plans, and programs.

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh previously stated that the government held several ministerial meetings to overcome obstacles hindering the implementation of some delayed priorities. Eight of them will be completed before the end of this year, such as approving the National Strategy for the Transport Sector (2023-2027) and establishing a joint council for water, energy, food security, and the environment. Additionally, there is an acceleration in approving several legislations. By the end of this year, the government will have completed the implementation of 87 priorities out of 96, and the remaining eight priorities will be completed before the end of the first quarter of the next year.

Update on the Third Quarter of the Economic Reform Vision
The quarterly report of the executive program for the Economic Reform Vision 2023/2024 highlighted achievements during the third quarter of the current year in various sectors within the executive program, specifically in 21 sectors. The report mentioned the completion of automating comprehensive electronic investment services related to licenses and economic activities, launching the promotional investment platform "Invest in Jordan," including the interactive investment map, introducing nine new investment opportunities, and raising them on the platform in the investment sector.

In the agriculture and food security sector, projects included launching the agricultural holdings registration system, documenting 10,652 agricultural holdings, disbursing the entire budget for the project to establish a program in the Agricultural Credit Corporation to finance projects for developing supply chain and cold storage, and disbursing the entire budget for the project to develop water sources and use modern technologies.

In the logistics and transportation services sector, the report revealed the preparation of reference conditions for the environmental and social impact study for the proposed implementation of a toll road system. Also, the electronic parcel inspection system for dealing with postal parcels at the Jordan Post Customs Center has been implemented.

Regarding achievements in the industrial sector, the draft of the industrial policy has been prepared, and agreements have been signed with 222 industrial facilities selected to benefit from the first round of the Industrial Support Fund program.

The achievements in the water sector included the Cabinet's approval of modifying the tariff and segments for water users and transitioning to monthly billing, modifying the instructions for protecting water sources for the year 2019, reducing water loss by 2.7 percent during the second quarter of 2023, and increasing the supplied water quantity by 5 million cubic meters during the same period.

Public Sector Update
According to the expected initiatives for 2024 within the map of developing the public sector, 60 percent of operational procedures will be automated and digitized, according to the digital transformation strategy. This includes monitoring the implementation of operational action plans and change plans for new joint services and taking necessary measures to enhance them. It also involves applying the digital transformation strategy for new joint services and measuring service performance according to expected performance agreements, evaluating costs and benefits, and assessing the progress of existing development plans to ensure effective full implementation. Additionally, new policies will be developed for employing future technology and any new innovations and unconventional methods in providing existing and new joint services.

Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of State for Public Sector Renewal Nasser Al-Sharida stated that 32 priorities for this year have been completed, 16 priorities are under implementation, and work has been delayed in three priorities. Sharida emphasized that the government is committed to the set timelines for implementing the roadmap for updating the public sector, and its outcomes will reflect on the quality of services provided to citizens. He noted that the government has started the necessary detailed studies to restructure the Ministry of Investment and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, aiming to meet the ambitions of administrative reform and lay the foundation for achieving the targets of the Economic Reform Vision related to developing the education sector and encouraging investment.

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