Longevity recipe

تم نشره في Tue 5 May / May 2015. 08:10 AM

By Jumana Ghunaimat

The most important message of the official attendance to meet with Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Ensour with representatives of economic sectors, the day before yesterday, is that the government left the state of denial and silence about the low performance of the economy.

The importance of the meeting is amplified as it comes at a time when the complaints of the majority of private sector institutions increased, both small and large, over the government's mismanagement of the economy; the voices of critics both former and current officials also rose.

It admission came implicitly, that the government began to understand that every complaint has derived from flaws in its work in the economic field. The government’s admission of this reality, albeit late, remains better than the previous silence, even after it was obvious.

The day before yesterday, the majority of the members of the government attended, while not one of the economic team was absent; in that an indirect message of the endeavors of the government to remedy the weakness that opens the door to talk about the need for it to depart.

Other important message, embodied in that the meeting, was that it was an opportunity to respond to criticism of the government's economic performance by current and former officials, most recently those issued by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Engineer Atef Tarawneh. There were private talks with all critics, after a long silence by the premier.

The final message is represented in the official emphasis on the government's attention, members and premier, to the mood of the private sector, which has long complained that the government see it as an inexhaustible source of revenue.

Economic figures attended the meeting and stressed that it was positive with, however, limited results unless built upon; what is required is not a public relations campaign, but the real work of putting the hand on the essence of the problems and providing real solutions.

It is useful that the government is moving from denial to recognition; here begins the solution. This is what happened the day before yesterday, when Dr. Ensour announced a number of decisions and was met with applause, although it is not enough -as seen by investors and businessmen- to mitigate the economic predicament, and to dispel economic uncertainty.

The absence of industrialists from the meeting was notable, reflecting one of the fundamental causes of the problem, which that the government is separated from the reality of the economic sectors, not aware of the magnitude of the problem. But if that is not the case, then that means the government is not playing its role to help the economy, at a time when domestic and regional challenges intertwine.

The solutions are not easy. It would be very useful to get closer to the economic sectors, especially the productive ones, and see their needs, so that the government can say, loud and clear: We did not fail anybody, and we played the role required of us efficiently.

Once again, the meeting last Sunday was a good start. However, it needs to be built one for anyone to reap results, and cannot be contained to a a public relations campaign to absorb the anger of the economic sectors.

The government has a chance to make its life longer, to stay longer in the Fourth Circle, in case it began real work, and engage deeply and effectively with the private sector.

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This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition

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