Mulqi’s Difficult Test

By Jumana Ghunaimat

تم نشره في Tue 23 May / May 2017. 11:00 PM
  • Jumana Ghunaimat

There’s a new cloud on the horizon. The entirety of the region’s priorities has been rearranged to encompass the escalation of further war, turmoil, and sectarian dispute.

The scope of the ongoing regional instability is widening, and its features are becoming clearer with time.

As the bulk of Arab investment goes elsewhere, developmental priorities, once at the helm of region’s agenda, have now been dropped to the bottom of the list.

Needless to say, this is a decisive blow to the Arab Marshall Plan, which was, until very recently, the region’s only hope for economic development and relief.

Notably, development is the region’s chance to found for sustainable solutions to the culminating problems of youth unemployment throughout the Arab World. Directing investments inward could dramatically enhance the living conditions of Arab citizens all over the MENA region!

This new reality, unfolding around us, a whole new set of variables and givens which I don’t think Dr Hani Mulqi’s government is quite aware of.

These changes are outstandingly significant.

In the least, it requires of Mulqi’s government to engage the public and reassure Jordanians that their government knows what it’s doing and has a plan to address these challenging shifts in the region’s priorities.

Much needs to be done, and even more is expected!

The government needs to address the issues which are most popularly appreciated, like reforming public administration. One of the many issues Jordanians have to deal with on a mundane basis and are just fed up with!

Issues with the public sector have deformed and defamed the official, operational framework in general.

So much that it is making life for citizens difficult and driving countless investments away, both foreign and domestic.

Mulqi’s government now has to address the highlight issues of public concern.

Bureaucratic slack and complications have become so palpable that even ministers admit to it being a major constraint to the implementation of Cabinet directives.

Reforming public administration, which is a pressing, unpostponable domestic priority, requires real, decisive work and action plans.

It is crucial too that the government convinces people that they are really serious about fighting corruption; petty and major. Nothing provokes Jordanians more than financial and administrative corruption.

Public servants need to realise that their foremost duty is to serve the public, not profiteer from the services facilitated.

There is countless evidence on how administrative corruption has made life for Jordanians a waking nightmare and investments for businessmen an impossibility!

Certainly, this is not done without serious efforts to alleviate all other obstacles to attracting and retaining investments.

It goes without saying that this is indispensable for Jordan to overcome the regional circumstance.

The point is that we are now at a point in time where we have to depend on ourselves, sort out our own issues, reinforce the domestic frontier, and innovate solutions.

There is no other way to overcome this trialling interval, given the recession of Arab aide.

This is a true test for Mulqi’s government, and a difficult one no less.

The State is required to resolve all of these problems, address investment obstacles, and constitute an unprecedented leap in public reforms, all in record time.

Meanwhile, getting all these tasks done does not mean the government’s job is. Far from it.

As indivisible and indispensable as all of the above is, it is but a pavement to pillar real advancements which will reflect on citizens directly and alleviate their pressures.

The government must be sure that making it through this year, and all the upcoming years, depends primarily on us, Jordanians.

We must not rely in our endeavour to better our country and rise with it on the generosities and charities of others.

Above all, there must be an integrated governmental effort to constitute real change, instead of the dominating competitiveness.

The promise of an Arab Marshall project is gone, and it is time to take control and built initiative.

Any effort, underway or future, must be part of an all-encompassing, precise plan, and it is the government’s job to devise it.

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