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Al Noor News/ Baghdad
Today, Wednesday, the Ministry of Planning clarified the mechanism of work of the Administrative Development Center, and while it identified the causes of job inflation, it indicated that 60% of the budget is spent on salaries.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning for Technical Affairs, Maher Hammad Johan, said in an interview with the official media, “There are those who understand that the work of the Ministry of Planning is related to the management of investment expenditures and projects, and this part is a misconception of the ministry, and the other understanding is in the Central Statistical Organization as the body that provides basic information on all options. needed by the state and decision makers, and the third relates to the issue of its greater contact with the standardization and quality control system.”
Draw three policies
Johan added, "The ministry among its main formations is the Jerusalem Center for Organization of Administration and Leadership, in addition to an administrative formation, which is the Iraqi Accreditation Authority, which was established in 2018," noting that "the ministry, in the origin of its law, is the ministry concerned with drawing up economic, social and spatial policy and building plans on the basis of policies. implementation and follow-up.
He continued, "Since the formation of the ministry until now, it has gone through the same problems that are currently being raised, which is the ministry's ability to implement everything that is planned or the government consulted to plan for it completely, and we are concerned with following up the implementation, while the Iraqi government is the one that undertakes the implementation with its various names," noting to That "the problem in Iraq is poor implementation of non-compliance with implementation methods and lack of effective management of resources."
He pointed out that "there are those who imagine that the Ministry of Planning is the Ministry of Projects, which is not the case, because projects are part of our work and plans, and currently those who intervene in the formulation of economic policies are not only the Ministry of Planning," noting that "their drawing has often become random and this is not true."
He stressed, "The ministry, with its cadres, still has special contexts in drawing up any plan, and this fixed context for drawing any plan or policy cannot be found in another ministry," noting that "all the plans that were developed after 2003 remained plans because the old context that requires commitment. It does not exist, and that is the problem now.”
Investing in the public and private sectors
He pointed out that “the former Minister of Planning spoke about cowardly capital and investment between the public and private sectors, and it cannot be denied that the existence of a private sector initiative is not cowardly and as a result of the many crises in Iraq, whether political, security or economic, so that at the level of the private sector or its employees, it is reserved from entering He made high investments in Iraq because of his reservations about entering into big commitments and building his project on an independent framework,” adding: “All our tires since 2003 and before that were wars that Iraq did not see calm, especially since the capital needs security and clear sovereignty for the country.”
Regarding public sector projects, Johan said, “Iraq has gone through several problems since 2014, as the state became unable to quickly complete the work of those who worked in this sector, so the private sector was affected by this delay and generated distrust among the private sector, which suffered a loss. As a result of that delay,” he stressed, “the need to resolve this.”
He continued: "Often the value of the investment budget allocated to projects is equal to the value of the deficit, meaning that there is a gap between the value of revenues and expenditures, and often the deficit is equal to the value of the expected investment expenditures, so investment allocations are not spent except in special cases."
He noted that “the ministry issues an annual report on the achievement of the plan, which bears more than one hypothesis, which is called the sources of funding and the environment for implementing the plan, whether it is political or economic,” explaining that “when the ministry draws up a plan for 5 years, it works to monitor predictive matters for a period of 5 years.” years, the expected revenues for the same period, and the basic conditions achieved from the plan.
He continued: “For example, the plan that was developed to implement 4000 schools, and only 2000 schools were implemented at the level of the current and previous government in the governorates and Baghdad, meaning that we were unable to achieve the full growth of the plan due to the drop in the oil price, which led to the occurrence of this problem, in addition to that The Corona crisis changed the equation.”
Poverty rates rise with the spread of the pandemic
, and he pointed out that “the ministry has several projects, for example in electric power, where among the plans the number of production increased to 19,000 local capacity with the increase in oil export capabilities, as for the level of poverty, it increased from the beginning of the plan by a point Because of the Corona epidemic, there is pressure on the private and public sectors.”
He pointed out that "production for the public service in Iraq is a very negative indicator, as it was not bad, given the high inflation in the workforce in the public sector, accompanied by disguised unemployment and a defect in the implementation of the tasks entrusted to it."
He went on to say, "The Administrative Development Center is one of the specialized centers at the level of functional consultancy and the development of workers' capabilities. It guarantees an important strategy, which is the strategy of reform in government departments, and it was issued pursuant to a decision of the Council of Ministers, in addition to a special committee related to a complete system related to whether the social or economic system or improving performance." He pointed out that “the second system is a long-term strategy for developing the efficiency of workers’ performance, which painted another picture of the strategy of administrative reform for the public job and its outputs.
He stressed, "This issue is greater than the Ministry of Planning can undertake alone, but it needs great efforts, legislation and laws," adding that "as a result of the economic problems a large gap has formed, which has led the entire street to put pressure on public employment more than job opportunities in the market, so there is inflation Because we hire people we don't need.”
60% of the budget is salaries for employees
, and he explained, “The ministry’s strategy at the present time relies on activating governance and business governance in order to be basically controlled,” adding: “The ministry is unable to force any employee out of work and the best is to find a way out, especially since 60% From the budget, it is spent on employee salaries and we have no ability to exclude any of them, and therefore it is better to find a way out by taking advantage of this category.”
White paper and the use of human capabilities
He cautioned, that "the white paper focused on using human capabilities in its proper framework, and this could be done if there was a great strategy with governance and rule of law and finding greater work and productivity options that would be able to produce and work in all ministries."
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