Everyone has outstripped us

Salameh Darawi
Salameh Darawi (Photo: Jordan News)
Jordan was among the first to float the idea of a free media city in 1999. At that time, the idea was met with bold and unprecedented dialogue among many factions, and unfortunately, the idea was terminated and moved to Dubai and became one of the largest foreign investment attractions, bringing in major global television networks and different media centers. اضافة اعلان

Jordan was also the first to initiate the concept of electronic government, and the Kingdom became a haven for many expertise in this field. Many success stories began to pile on, until all of the human resources began to leaving their positions at public and private institutions in favor of ones in neighboring countries, particularly in Arab Gulf countries, which established their electronic infrastructure and excelled in launching e-services in the majority, if not all of their public institutions and departments. These countries started to provide top notch services, while eradicating all corrupt administrative behavior and arbitrary practices in dealing with citizens and the private sector.        

The local public administration was a leading example in quality and hard work, but unfortunately, this has changed in terms of how the public sector employee is seen from the inside and outside today, as they have become an example of administrative weakness, deteriorating achievements and bureaucratic negativity.

Even in the field of medical tourism, which Jordan was a pioneer, due to investments in skilled and administrations, as well as the natural resources that only exist in Jordan, the industry fell back due to negative practices by many sides against this sector, which was adopted and developed by neighboring countries and others across the world, establishing medical tourism with minimal resources.    

The same happened in the health and education sectors on all levels; after leading the board in this regard regionally, Jordan has since dropped drastically in ranking. 

Jordan was at the forefront in many initiatives and different development sectors, and produced many success stories, but the absence of public institutional work that develops these projects resulted in the immigration of expertise, which dramatically pushed Jordan to the bottom. This requires policymakers to reevaluate themselves to figure out the causes of this decline, and work to revive these sectors by laying out a revolutionary roadmap that puts the human resources at forefront. 

We in Jordan need a new administrative revolution that reignites the spark in the public sector, and increases its efficiency and creative independent role in the next period. All countries around us were at the end of the line, vastly lagging behind Jordan, but they advanced to the front of the line in record-breaking time. The lesson is not in the diagnosis as much as it has to do with political will at the highest levels to accomplish reformative projects that serves the country.

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