To combat corruptionMaterial incentives for distinguished employees [Archives:2003/658/Business & Economy]

August 11 2003

Mahyoub Al-Kamaly
The Yemeni government has admitted the necessity of upgrading the level of public services by setting up material incentives for three categories. The categories include the ministries headquarters, government institutions and their branches at the capital secretariat and governorates. The plan of incentives also includes universities, schools, health centres and hospitals.
The said targeted institutions have to enter into competition and offer services and development programs in order to gain those incentives. The development programs have to upgrade means of work and double production volume, provided that funding the project should not exceed $100 thousand and the time of its implementation must not exceed six months.
The ministry of civil service has drawn up certain criteria for assessment through three stages. These stages are; assessment of funded projects after meeting all required conditions, evaluation of implemented projects with regard to their cost and proceed to the administrative unit and the extent of benefiting from them and the third judging the finished projects and their assortment according to their grades.
An award has been established for modernization and development of public service. The prize has been called that of the distinguished performance, in addition to motivate personnel to innovation, distinction and job commitment, perfection in doing the job and dedication in serving the beneficiaries. The prize is divided into three branches. The first is for the distinguished administrative unit granted to the unit that has implemented the best project. It is a certificate of merit, a coat-of-arms along with YR500 thousand. The second part of the prize is allocated to the director of the project who is distinguished by modernisation and development and it contains, in addition to the certificate and coat-of-arms, a sum of YR300 thousand. The employee's prize contains the coat-of-arms, certificate of merit and a sum of YR350 thousand.
The incentives are aimed at fighting financial and administrative corruption in government institutions, civil and military at controlling outputs of the administrative bodies as part of the financial and administrative reform program in the country.
A higher council for the prize has been established as well as a higher council for civil service chaired by the minister of finance and membership of members of the executive committee of the higher council, director general of the Arab Organisation for Administrative Development, director of the project of modernisation of civil service and coordinator of the program of renewal in developing the public service.
The question here is would these incentives be enough for fighting corruption and creating competition between administrative units and individuals to develop and upgrade the general performance of government establishments?