Qual­i­fi­ca­tions for job ap­point­ments

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Qais Al-Usta

In the West, if an of­fi­cial speaks, then plans are made and pro­grams are im­ple­mented. Poli­cies on the other hand are made to turn the of­fi­cial’s words into re­al­ity and peo­ple ac­cept it with con­vic­tion; fur­ther­more, it be­comes a cul­ture prac­ticed by the public.

Yet in our Arab coun­tries, if the of­fi­cial spoke, the op­po­site has to take its place be­cause the sys­tem is there to serve this of­fi­cial and he nor­mally does not speak the truth to the public; there­fore, the sit­u­a­tion re­mains the same at best, and the worst will come.

An ex­am­ple of this is when West­ern coun­tries spoke about the ne­ces­sity of en­abling youth to reach the high­est of posts, mes­sages are pub­lished, re­search cen­ters are cre­ative and uni­ver­si­ties be­gin to pre­sent the best youth models. This re­sults are that the sta­tus of those young peo­ple can be en­hanced, not be­cause they are the chil­dren of cer­tain dig­ni­taries, but rather be­cause they have rare com­pe­tence in life sciences. It is enough to see the im­age that was on so­cial me­dia few days ago of Canada’s prime min­is­ter, who is 45 years of age, the prime min­is­ter of Bel­gium who is 41, the prime of Lux­em­bourg who is 44 and the French prime min­is­ter who is 39. The sit­u­a­tion in our Arab coun­tries is slightly dif­fer­ent be­cause the ma­jor­ity of of­fi­cials in our Arab coun­tries are in their 70s or 80s, be­cause 40 for them is an ado­les­cent age, and there is no need to men­tion names. All I hope from any gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in any Arab coun­try is not to talk about youth and the need to em­power them. Let us speak frankly and trans­par­ently and an­nounce to the peo­ple that ap­point­ments are made based on sec­tar­ian, tribal, and fam­ily af­fil­i­a­tions, be­cause any­thing else will be a joke. Now, I re­al­ize that jok­ing is a gen­eral con­di­tion that we should get used to. Let us leave the fu­ture to its peo­ple and so may Al­lah change what is in peo­ple’s minds to the bet­ter. Was the mes­sage de­liv­ered? I hope so.

Let us speak frankly and trans­par­ently and an­nounce to the peo­ple that ap­point­ments are made based on sec­tar­ian, tribal, and fam­ily af­fil­i­a­tions, be­cause any­thing else will be a joke

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