HM King Abdullah II Appoints Abu-Ghazaleh as A member of the Newly-formed Royal Integrity Committee

10 Dec 2012

The Royal committee, headed by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and 11 other key figures including HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) will work together in full transparency to support the system of integrity by studying the Kingdom's laws, conducting a review and submitting recommendations

AMMAN - His Majesty King Abdullah II has directed Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour to head a Royal Committee to reinforce integrity.

The Royal committee, headed by Ensour and 11 other key figures including HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) will work together in full transparency to support the system of integrity by studying the Kingdom's laws, conducting a review and submitting recommendations.

Members of the Royal committee are Speaker of the Senate HE Mr. Taher Masri, Judicial Council President HE Mr. Hisham Tal and Minister of Public Sector Development HE Mr. Khleef Al Khawaldeh, former minister HE Mr. Rajai Muasher and former MP HE Ms. Abla Abu Olbeh, HE Dr. Mohammad Hammouri, HE Mr. Abdul Majid Thuneibat, HE Dr. Mousa Burayzat, HE Mr. Mahmoud Erdisat, HE Mr. Bassem Sakijha in addition to HE Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh.

According to The King, the Committee will ensure accountability and transparency in the public sector, administer the proper use of public money and state resources, fight corruption and establish criteria for appointments in senior positions and standards for offered services and mechanisms of processing complaints in addition to other key critical issues.

The King emphasized a set of basic points that would form the methodology of the work of the committee to:

1- Ensure that the administration of public money and state resources is properly done, and place regulations that would prevent any squandering.

2- Increase accountability and transparency in the public sector, regarding budgets, tenders and governmental supplies, in addition to placing a framework for appointments in senior positions and standards for offered services and dealing with complaints.

3- Enable monitoring agencies by strengthening their ability to deter and fight corruption, according to each institution’s area of concern.

4- Instill the principles of good governance within the public and private sectors and civil society institutions, to establish a culture of transparency, accountability and concern for the public’s well-being.

5- Develop a framework that would regulate the collaborative relations between the public and private sectors.

HM King Abdullah II reaffirmed the necessity for the highest degree of impartiality to be achieved by the Committee while performing its national tasks, and emphasized the necessity of communication and dialogue by the Committee with all civil society institutions, including political parties, professional associations and the various political powers. The King also urged the Committee to be open-minded as they listen to the ideas and visions of Jordanians, so that the Committee would use these ideas to prepare the following:

Firstly: Draft a document that includes the basic principles and the ethical and professional criteria that would regulate work in both the public and private sectors, strengthen integrity, transparency, rule of law and accountability, which would ensure justice and equal opportunity, in a bid to fight so-called wasta and favoritism.

Secondly: Prepare an executive plan that is bound by a specified time frame to strengthen the national integrity system, accountability and transparency, while institutionalizing its work and cooperation mechanism between them. It will specify and recommend laws that need to be amended, and the technical needs to develop the organizational capabilities of the relevant agencies to carry out their work according to the best international practices.

According to the Royal Letter, after the document and plan are concluded, they will be displayed and discussed — transparently and objectively — at a general, national conference before being presented to the next parliamentary government. That would form a new starting point in our blessed reform process, God willing.

The King reaffirmed the importance of the unity of all the sons and daughters of the country, on a single march where the efforts complement each other to achieve the higher interest of the country. He also said that he has complete faith that this Committee — which enjoys His Majesty's support and assistance, in addition to the collaboration of all the state’s agencies — will perform its tasks to the fullest and serve the public interest.









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