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Jul 05,2017 - Last updated at Jul 05,2017

Like in many other places, the Jordanian public sector faces challenges that hinder its performance.

The main reasons being bureaucracy and the inability to adopt, and adapt to, changes and innovation, which make the sector unable to cope with domestic and global developments in the economic, social, political, legal and technological fields.

That, in turn, gives way to frustrated and unsatisfied citizens, public employees and investors, and prevents sustainable development, leading to lower living standards, education, health, investment and services.

There is an urgent need for a review of the public sectors performance; we need to reinvent our government and municipal organisations so that they can work better and cost less, without affecting the quality of services.

We need a government that recruits and invests in competent, strategic leaders, rather than in operational managers.

This means that top government positions require leaders who provide a sense of direction, have vision, build ownership and implement change.

We also need to focus on getting results and meeting the nation’s common goals by doing away with red tape, which prevents action and slows the decision-making process.

Excessive regulations and rigid conformity with formal old rules and structures act as barriers to citizens and businesses. Citizens, investors and other stakeholders must come first, not be taken for granted.

Many government departments are monopolies with little or no competition; therefore, they must treat people with courtesy, respect and enthusiasm, and provide reliable and timely help.  They must perform better and faster, and offer cheaper services rather than incompetent managerial performance and control.

Performance assessment is needed in order to help identify snags and improve matters. Services must be consolidated, overlapping eliminated, and coordination and partnerships encouraged to offer an integrated networked government.

Smart information and communication technologies need to be used effectively, rather than outdated methodologies, innovation promoted and the risk-aversion culture that stifles creativity, prevents idea generation and reduces commitment and transparency must be done away with.

Fortunately, the Jordanian government is exerting much effort to reach organisational development.

Hopefully it will work better and cost less, do away with bureaucracy, put citizens first, change from paper to electronic and smart government, and have strategic leaders who accept innovation and perform exemplarily.

Mutasem Abdallah Hindawi,

Amman

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HOW CAN YOU BETTER ANY GOVERNANCE WHEN IN FACT SUCH A GOVERNANCE IS GOVERNED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF ONE SEX FOR THAT SEX AGAINST THE OPPOSITE SEX. WHO SAID THAT YOU CAN IMPROVE ANY FORM OF GOVERNANCE WHE ITS ONLY MEN THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE, SPEAK AND DEAR NOT DRESS AS THEY WICH OR MARRY ANY PERSON THEY LOVE. THIS SUGGESTION THAT YOU CAN IMPROVE GOVERNANCE IN A SOCIET WHERE AN INTEGRAL SEGMENT ARE THE JUDGES AND THE JURRY. I WISH THAT THE WRITER OF THIS GOOD ARTICLE HAD FIRST DEPROGRAM THE SICK MINDED INDIVIDUALS THAT IMPADE ALL THE PRAGMATIC REFORMS THAT HIS MAJESTY HAS BEEN WORKING ON, TALKING ABOUT AND DREAM OF. YOU NEED A FOUNDATION BEFORE BUILDING ANY HOUSE OR ELSE IT WILL CRUMBLE.

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