On The Prime Ministry Circular… Declaration of Action

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Sat 4 June / Jun 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

“Since each of my fellow brethren and colleagues are aware of what is in charged to them and the endless amount of effort demanded of them for the greater good and national interests of our Country, with appreciation; every administrative and primary employee is kindly requested to report the following:

What is the general morale and status at the department of operation, and how was it upon their posting?

What reforms were done, what are the actual benefits and returns, and to what degree has progress been made?

Had one been unable to implement sought reforms; what reasons contributed, and are there any especially specific factors to the suspension of progress?

What future plans and programmes have been laid out for the department, starting the beginning of the fiscal year 1924?

Reports are expected to be uncompromised, transparent, consistent, concise, and clear, as they will benchmark reformation processes hereon.

Reports are expected to be delivered to me within two weeks tops. Following their arrival and inspection, further instruction will be issued.

Peace be upon you.”

This Circular was issued by the Prime Minister, and scooped by colleague and friend Ahmad Abu Khalil; published via his online news platform “Zamanokom.. Qossat Al Ams”.

Shockingly, this circular was not issued by any current prime minister; it was issued exactly 92 years ago; in 1924. It was the first circular disseminated by the Prime Minister, known back then as the head of Counsel, in the days of the Emirate, late Ali Rida Pasha Rikabi, the third premier since the establishment of the East Jordan Emirate; later the Kingdom of Jordan.

Colleague Abu Khalil coined it A Declaration of Action (roughly translated), a good one too. But what is even more important than the title, would be the content; the directions entailed that suggest thorough understandings of the prerequisites to run the Country, and the tools for monitoring “Government Performance”, which surpass any of the strategies we have known today.

Mindful of a gap; nearly a century, the measures included seem very much applicable for our time. More so, we have never needed such measures more than we do today; even more than it was need back at the day of Rikabi himself. Citing such regressing in morale within the public sector, the shortfalls of action, managerial and administrative sagging, declining operational performance, and the randomness and humility of achievement, makes one realize how much we need Rikabi’s Declaration and his spirit so mindful of the greater good.

Granted; resources and qualified personnel at the disposal of the State back then, and administrations; were limited, compared to what we have now; the massive number of government bodies and institutions with an enormous rank of employees. Yet, the philosophy behind the Prime Ministry Circular lives on in the reals of modern managerial sciencies.

Notice that Rikabi made no insinuation to any intent to employ foreign evaluation expertise; he just asked for the reports to be delivered in two weeks, promising he would personally inspect them and cite notations, to reform imbalances, should there be any.

Should the new Prime Minister want to the commit to what was entailed in the Letter of Designation on reformations throughout the State devices and public sector, and revive the spirit of the Great Arab Revolt Centennial, he has only to reissue Rikabi’s Circular and disseminate it, launching a reformation campaign titled “A Declaration of Action”. Whoever fails to declare their plans of action, among public sector employees alike; should be relieved of their duties.