Dear government, what are you waiting for?

Salameh daraawi
Salameh Darawi (Photo: Jordan News)
Held hostage to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government response towards economy and investment is nothing but lagging as evidenced by the recent report published by RASED, which unveiled the weaknesses existing within the governing body of the state, especially in public performance. The government has received plenty of support from the public towards fighting the negative stereotypes associated with its predecessor, as an incentive, yet they preferred to stay the course.اضافة اعلان

Seven months into its formation, the government is still incapable of filling vacant top positions within the state. The Department of Land and Survey director’s chair has been vacant for almost two years, accompanied with vacancies in the Customs Department, Department of Economic Projects, and in influential ministries such as the ministry of industry, trade, and supply, and ministry of planning.

Everyone is still looking towards the fulfillment of the promise made three months ago by the prime minister regarding revolutionary investment plans. Yet how could it materialize when the Investment Committee has no chairman to start the flare of the promised revolution, should the government want to initiate it?

The government has yet to add monumental projects to its investment calendar, especially when we are on the verge of starting our second centennial. Collaboration with the private sector is not progressing either, and megaprojects like expanding the Petroleum Refinery, ensuring food security, and self-reliance policies remain in moratorium, with nothing positive or negative worth declaring, which is alarming given that there are no future investments on the horizon.

The private sector yearns for collaboration with the government. A big gap in communication between both sectors can be attributed to the hurdles that the government in front of the private sector. An economic reform will not reach fruition if the government keeps shunning the private sector when it comes to outlining/creating policies regarding future economic opportunities. The government, unfortunately, does not outline future short-term plans to combat the status quo. No specific goal is set to be achieved for the remainder of the year in terms of investment plans. It remains unclear which sector is the most important and requires attention. One might wonder what the plans are for the tourism sector. Is there a plan b should the vaccines not arrive on time?

The government is keeping the waters muddy with uncertainty; this is a major deterrent to corporations seeking a positive and clear environment. This is not to mention the increase in public discontent. We shall not surrender to the strains of the situation. The government should make the first step towards a positive path, and soon all of society and its institutions will follow. Seven months are more than enough for the government to launch its intent, however it should be supplemented with actions; achieving part of the goal is better than staring at it. Nevertheless Jordan remains strong in showing its interest towards providing new opportunities and attending to new investors.

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