ALGIERS-The next Walis-Government meeting, decided by the President of the Republic for the coming days, will define priorities, translate measures and set “precise” deadlines for the implementation of the Government’s Action Plan, including the implementation of the emergency plan to address inequalities in terms of local development, especially in the southern regions, mountainous and rural areas and suburbs, announced Thursday Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad.
“Aware of the specificity, priority and sensitivity of the development issue, the Government is willing to address these concerns in order to ensure equitable development for the benefit of all regions of the country, without exclusion or marginalization,” Djerad assured the MPs regarding the concerns expressed during the debates on the Action Plan.
This component, which was the main thrust of the deputies’ speeches, “constitutes a major priority for the Government, which not only shares the same diagnosis but also the imperative of providing all the conditions for a decent life for citizens wherever they are.”
“The bitter truth is that there are areas of darkness and exclusion, including in the country’s capital,” he deplored, stressing that “Algeria cannot operate at two speeds and our people deserve better care wherever they are.”
Stressing the Government’s commitment to continue the infrastructure and equipment programmes planned in the different regions of the country, “as part of a new participatory approach,” the Prime Minister said that public authorities were revising the national nomenclature of development projects, particularly those frozen, postponed or not yet started.
He also referred to the redefinition of the order of priority for the implementation of these projects in each province according to real needs, available capacities and the socio-economic dividend according to the specificities of each region.
As regards the “excessive number” of ministerial departments noted by some deputies, Djerad recalled that “the current Government is composed of only 28 ministerial departments, which is the same number of ministries in previous governments”, knowing that the enlargement of the Executive to include a number of deputy ministers and secretaries of State who are administratively and financially under their supervision, “does not entail a substantial financial burden.”
This enlargement aims to ensure “optimal” management of citizens’ concerns and “support” to many promising sectors to be “considered” as national priorities given their “contribution” in boosting economic development.
In response to concerns about the reform of administration, the Prime Minister underscored the government’s willingness to clean up the administration of outdated bureaucratic practices through the implementation of a range of practical measures detailed in the Action Plan, affirming that the strengthening of decentralized management was a concern shared by the Executive, which will work to improve performance in all areas, he said.