26 SEPTEMBER: Sanaa weekly, 30-7-98. [Archives:1998/31/Press Review]

August 3 1998

(Yemen Armed Forces)
Main Headline:
1- Yemen & Saudi Arabia agree to contain the crisis and activate the border demarcation committees.
2- Republican decrees are issued appointing a new member to the Consultative Council and governors to the 2 newly created governorates of Amran and Dhali’.
3- Vice President inaugurates a new plant for making and repairing gas cylinders in Sanaa.
4- The Council of Ministers endorses capital punishment for people who lead and manage abduction gangs.
Article Summary:
Over-staffing in Public Sector
By Ahmed Abdurabu Alawi
Administration is a talent that can be polished with practice. A successful manager is the one who motivates his/her subordinates to do their best. Mistakes are accumulating in the state’s general performance like rust on a neglected metal. It is hard to enter the 21st century with a mentality reminiscent of the 19th century. Yet, one of the virtues of this government is that it acknowledges its errors.
To rectify these mistakes, the reform must start at the administration as it is the “maestro” that conducts the “symphony” of work and production. Free-market economy must go hand in hand with administrative, financial and judicial reform. One of the problems that need to be tackled first is over-staffing and disguised unemployment.
Corruption, nepotism, irregularities and misappropriation of funds must be strongly combated. Neglect, bureaucracy and dereliction of duty are still rife in public sector organs. People still suffer when they have to deal directly with such bodies.