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Governance Newsmaker Interviews

November 2010: Vol 4, Issue 2

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Revamped public sector reform in Jordan builds on lessons from the past 

 

H.E. Dr. Imad Fakhoury, Minister of Public Sector Development and Minister of State for Mega-Projects, Jordan 

 

AMMAN: Jordan has been a pioneer in the Arab world in public sector reform, with nearly two decades of mixed results from high-level and continuous efforts to streamline the government bureaucracy and improve service delivery to citizens. The current Minister of Public Sector Development & Minister of State for Mega Projects, Imad N. Fakhoury, spent some time upon assuming office last year studying the past experiences and drawing lessons from them, to try and maximize the likelihood that the current reform plan achieves more of its objectives than previous ones did. Read more...

 

Extended Interview with H.E. Dr. Imad Fakhoury  Available soon... 

 

 

Previous Newsmaker Interviews

 

 January 2010:  Vol 4, Issue 1

 

Darwish

Systems, Mindsets Top Civil Service Reform Priorities in Egypt 

 

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Darwish, Minister of State for Administrative Development, Egypt 

 

CAIRO: Reforming the massive civil service in Egypt, including reducing petty corruption and increasing efficiency, will take many years to achieve, because of the slow nature of cultural change, but the man charged with achieving this task believes the process is finally underway, and initial breakthroughs can be identified. Read more... 

 

 

 

 

 

Extended Interview with H.E Dr. Ahmed Darwish:  Read more... 

 

September 2009:  Vol 3, Issue 3

 

Latouf

 

Serious Reform Needs Leadership, Skilled Staff, and Clear Standards  

 

H.E. Dr. Hala Bsaisu Latouf, Minister of Social Development, Jordan 

 

AMMAN:  Looking back on the past seven years of on-and-off governance and administrative reform efforts in Jordan, one of the pioneer women in this field in the Arab World believes today that sustained reform requires a somewhat elusive combination of assets: bold vision and leadership at the top, along with basic A-B-C training and capacity-building at the level of line civil servants. Read more...    

 

 

 

Extended Interview with Dr. Hala Bsaisu Latouf: Read more... 

 

June 2009:  Vol 3, Issue 2

 

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Corporate Governance Takes Root Slowly in the Arab Region 

 

Dr. Nasser Saidi, Executive Director - Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance 

 

DUBAI: When he established the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance in Dubai in 2004, Dr. Nasser Saidi knew he faced an uphill struggle to spread new standards of accountability and transparency in Arab corporate board rooms long known for personal or family control.  Five years later, and in the wake of the global financial crisis, he feels that corporate governance ethics and systems are spreading steadily because governments, private companies, and shareholders sense a "win-win" opportunity -- and perhaps also a route to reducing waste due to corruption or mismanagement. Read more... 

 

Extended Interview with Dr. Nasser Saidi:  Read more...

 

February 2009: Vol 3, Issue 1

Naser Sane

 

Tackling Politicians is Key to Anti-Corruption Efforts Dr. Naser Al-Sane, Chair of the Arab Region

 

Parliamentarians Against Corruption (ARPAC)

 

By Rami G. Khouri

 

KUWAIT: When it was established in November 2004, the Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruptioin (ARPAC) charted new ground in the Arab world, where elected officials fighting corruption were a novel and unproven enterprise. Today, the founding chairman of the group, Kuwaiti MP Naser al-Sane, describes their approach and activities in a manner that could be summarized as "shame and train".  Read more...

 

 

 

Extended Interview with Dr. Naser al-Sane:  Read more...

 

 

December 2008: Vol 2, Issue 5

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Public Policy Knowledge Production: Dubai's Next Frontier?

 

Dr. Tarik M. Yousef, Dean of the Dubai School of Government

 

by Rami G. Khouri

 

DUBAI: Dubai and other hyper-growth cities in the Gulf region have led the way for the Arab world in public sector innovation, urban growth and service delivery in several sectors recently--but with a glaring gap in the production of knowledge and research. That may be changing, with the ongoing massive investments in higher education, cultural centers, museums, and research institutes, especially in the UAE and Qatar.  Read more...

 

Extended interview with Dr. Tarik Yousef:  Read more...

 

October 2008: Vol 2, Issue 4

 

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Salam Fayyad: "People do not eat or drink reform. They have to feel the benefits."


H.E Salam Fayyad: Prime Minister of Palestine

 

by Rami G. Khouri

 

WASHINGTON: The rapid overhaul and institutionalization of the previously free-for-all Palestinian public finance sector under Finance Minister-turned-Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is one of the more striking and well known success stories in the MENA region.  Less appreciated, but important for other would-be reformers who might learn from the Palestinian experience, is the combination of political, psychological and communications tools that Fayyad and his colleagues used to achieve their goals.   Read more...

 

 

Extended interview with H.E Salam Fayyad: Read more...

 

September 2008: Vol 2, Issue 3

 

Jihad AzourLebanon's Lesson: Reform Needs a Culture of Change, Service Delivery

 

H.E Jihad Azour: Former Minister of Finance, Lebanon

 

by Rami G. Khouri

 

BEIRUT: When Jihad Azour assumed the post of director of policy reforms at the Lebanese Ministry of Finance in 1999, he could not foresee that in the decade to come his handiwork would be subjected to the toughest political test imaginable: a devastating war with Israel, a smaller war with local militants, a populist revolt, a string of high profile assassinations, sporadic domestic clashes, a broken political system whose parliament did not meet for months at a time, and price shocks in energy, commodities and foreign exchange.  Read more...

 

Extended Interview with H.E Jihad Azour   Read more...

 

June 2008: Vol 2, Issue 2

 

NabliGovernance and Economic Growth: Lessons Learned, and the Tasks Ahead

 

Mustapha K. Nabli: Former World Bank Chief Economist of the MENA Region

 

by Rami G. Khouri

 

WASHINGTON D.C      In recent years, economists, political scientists and development specialists have identified a clear relationship between good governance and equitable, sustainable economic growth.  Yet, these same analysts have not identified the precise nature or sequence of governance reforms needed to promote good outcomes and successful development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more...

 

Extended Interview with Mustapha K. Nabli    Read more...

 

January 2008: Vol 2, Issue 1

 

drtouqFighting Corruption Requires Governance Reforms Alongside Criminal Clampdown

 

H.E Muhiyeddeen Touq, Former Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs; Vice Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee for the Negotiation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), Jordan

 

by Rami G. Khouri

 

AMMAN: A Jordanian minister who is one of the key figures behind the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) believes the convention has sparked a global movemement whose success will require progress on two simultaneous fronts: establishing independent corruption-fighting bodies while also implementing broad public sector reforms. Read more...

 

Extended Interview with H.E Muhiyeddeen Touq  Read more...

 

November 2007: Vol. 1, Issue 1

 

ministerComprehensive, Coordinated Strategy Drove Egypt’s Investment Boost

 

H.E. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Minister of Investment, Egypt

 

by Rami G. Khouri

 

CAIRO: Three years of sustained economic and administrative reforms have seen Egypt join the leaders among Arab economies pursuing investment-fuelled growth. One of the key people responsible for the feat points to three principle reasons for the success to date: a comprehensive reform strategy across all sectors; strict and structured coordination in both planning and implementation of reforms; and, consistent leadership from the top that was able to motivate employees and persist despite harsh criticism.    Read more ...

 

 

Extended Interview with H.E. Mahmoud Mohieldin   Read more ...




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