Back in Shape!

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Sun 19 March / Mar 2017. 01:00 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

Following weeks upon weeks of crawling under relentless popular and parliamentary fire, the government has finally decided to toughen up, get their act together, and get to work.

By doing so, Dr Hani Mulqi’s government would have successfully restored an acceptable degree of agility to make some forward steps. For example, the Cabinet just ratified a bundle of economic stimuli, jolting the channels of public administrations and redirecting the public opinion towards strategic projects with tremendous benefit on both short and long terms.

Oil shale extraction, for one, has presided popular and parliamentary demands for many, many years, which received the Premier’s special attention.

Likewise, He himself inaugurated the water desalinisation station in Aqaba.

More so, behind closed doors, Mulqi also presided a series of closed meets with his economic crew and specialists to get the wheels of the economy in motion and stir things up.

Meanwhile, ministers have taken to the fields, to get in touch with the public and follow up on delayed service projects.

Similarly, under the Dome, the atmosphere is picking up too, and cooperation between the executive and legislative authorities is evidently improving.

Better late than never, the government just realised that the tough economic decisions they took will backfire on them if they do not address other pressing economic and social issues.

They need to help citizens beat the odds that come with their recent economic, or rather uneconomic, decisions.

Typically, there is an array of decisions shaping up to face the government throughout the upcoming few phases. Prime of which is the ministers’ ability to effectively resolve the wasteful phenomenon of tax evasion. They also need to convincingly convey the reality of it to the public, instead of this mass delusion of stolen wealth and wasted fortune.

In the meantime, the government must improve their performance in record time, and expedite progress in the e-government project. Meeting deadlines is crucial.

Notwithstanding, there are other equally —if not more— pressing projects, such as improvements that need to be seen in the health and education sectors as well.

MPs need to be kept to speed on the ETAs of projects in their governorates and circuits. In that regard, the government should periodically inform MPs on the progress of these projects and pay attention to their feedback.

A developmental relationship with the MPs could help the government restore a healthy relationship with the legislative institutions and alleviate some Parliamentary pressure.

That said, the government can do much better; much more.

Mulqi has now a more homogeneous crew, with extensive expertise he can rely on. All he needs to do is unleash their capabilities and they will surely get a lot more done.

Obviously, we’ve come a long road; might I say/

Not so long ago, our government operated on a daily basis. All our ministers then thought of was retirement.

Things have changed since then. His Majesty’s adoption of the four-by-four government-parliament formation, while maintaining His constitutional right, has given the government a chance to plan and advance a scheduled outlined agenda through implementation to achievement.

Interestingly, this is an advantage of the new 4x4 dynamic King Abdullah brought in, and it should be rightly invested. It allows for the Cabinet to plan policies and implement them for years to come; no surprises, including budgets and timelines based on the government’s foremost proposition.

Fortunately for Mulqi, he had arrived in office at this exact moment in Jordan’s history.

To be honest, Mulqi has always been keen on making positive change, and he is capable. Right now is his chance; he has the best of Jordan’s available, scares expertise!

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.