Impressions on Mulqi!

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Sun 3 July / Jul 2016. 11:00 PM - آخر تعديل في Mon 4 July / Jul 2016. 09:27 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

Prime Minister Dr Hani Mulqi’s daily schedule is packed with activity and field visits. He has been moving vigorously, displaying an untiring energy to communicate with and address the multitude of events.

Whoever partakes in his meets, leaves with positive impressions on an initiating, ambitious premier; prompt to bring up ideas outside of the box, albeit a bit hasty to some.

The bundle of procedures enacted to contain unemployment, passed by Cabinet the day before last, provides a model to Mulqi’s approach towards issues. Undiffused by the typical theorisation on unemployment, Mulqi suggested 8 clear, specific procedures he thinks applying would put a leash on the expansion of the already inflated unemployment rate in Jordan.

So far, it is yet unclear whether or not the government had previously experimented with some of these procedures, before adopting them under press of need for an act with at least some short-term effect; like suspending the importation of labour, save for housemaids, for example. Still, while most foreign labour flows into the construction and agriculture sectors, the government had adopted similar policies to motivate Jordanians into these two sectors. Alas, the results were disappointing. What I fear is that investors will soon begin to complain about labour shortage in a while, and will soon start pressuring the government to go back on the decision. The predicament of Jordanian unemployment lies in that most of them carry intermediary and university degrees, and they do not accept agree to hard labour, nor to developing their own skills to keep up with the market.

The greater challenge before the Premier would be to succeed in the establishment of collective funding for small projects; he seems to be convinced by it and by its benefits. In anyway, the idea is indeed innovative, and worth supporting.

Some of those attend the Premier’s meetings say he’s overly prompt to handing out promises, especially when it comes to intensified issue, through which no fundamental breakthrough can be attained during this brief duration of time; like the issues of public transportation and traffic jams, the development of the State’s Bureaucratic device, and the enhancement of public service quality.

Similarly, Mulqi enthusiasts fear he is raising the ceiling of expectation so high, a disappointment is almost definitely due, particularly in light of recent regional developments that only tighten our manoeuvring margins in such a way that does not allow for crucial decisions. Moreover, investment plans, both Arab and foreign, are too fluctuant to hold premise.

More so, Mulqi’s keen eye to detail may yet be another concern for his proponents. I do not think the Prime Minister should be getting into details like street vending, which fall under the responsibilities of municipal directors, mayors, and governors. A premier may not carry the weight of such detail atop the Country’s major issues and challenges.

Of course, these are issues that are highly reflective on citizens and their lives, but they happen to be the speciality of government and third-sector organisations.

Should Mulqi continue immersing himself in details, he will soon find himself drowned in the partialities of bureaucracy, and deprived of time to address the government’s main objectives.