Restructuring the public sector [Archives:2004/792/Business & Economy]

November 22 2004

Restructuring the public sector requires a clear-cut vision about what steps must be taken to benefit from similar experiments of countries that have had successes.
Countries that can catch up with advanced countries in their industries and technological advance, agricultural mechanization can attract huge investment opportunities.
The government's tendency towards reform of the public sector does express the people's interest. Such orientation aims essentially at people who must be trained and qualified in order to empower the sectors that can develop the national economy and expand its successes.
For that reason there is an urgent need for the reform of management to make bureaucracies into modern systems.
It is obvious that the public sector's inadequacy may be attributed to some conditions that do not allow means of planning, scientific research and study.
This situation does not resolve those institutional problems and improvement of materialist circumstances and training the cadre in the public sector.
In addition there is the neglect in production and modernization. The problems that presently appear are those in the failure in some administrators of the electricity and water, agricultural and tourist sectors, and also by those parties in charge of investment and industrial production, plus those associated with offering services to the citizens, such as taxes, customs and passports.
The first propositions for modernization is the direct development of the human cadre and making conditions for a stable social environment.
That environment is meant for qualifying the human resources and also for leading the public sector towards competing in its services offered to citizens and in dealing with investors and partners in development.
The second proposal is making the public sector capable of competing with the private sector. This may be gained by reconsideration of specialties of leaderships managing this sector.
The third proposal is that the process of change should include people who can benefit in areas in harmony with the nature of their conditions. They have to be substituted by persons specialized and having the will of change and increasing production of the national product of the country.
This is true especially at a time when Yemen is conducting negotiations for gaining membership of the World Trade Organization. That consequently requires the presence of our products in the external markets and also efficiency in managing the national product and its quality.
The fourth proposal involves getting away from old ways in administration of public establishments. There are weak elements taking hold of performance and production, and in control of revenues, squandering budgets as they do not develop sources of national income.