The Reform Secretariat has been established based on MoPIC’s amended Administrative Organizational Structure Bylaw no. (105) of 2020 and building on the previous Jordan Compact Project Management Unit and its staff, who have played an essential role in coordinating the design of the Reform Matrix with Government of Jordan entities, World Bank and development partners.
The Reform Secretariat has multiple functions which includes pushing forward, facilitating, coordinating, supporting and driving the implementation of reforms under the Reform Matrix; reporting to the Government of Jordan and development partners on progress; and coordinating between the government entities and development partners to ensure implementation and alignment of donor programs with national priorities.
Alongside overseeing the implementation of the Reform Matrix, the Reform Secretariat continues to manage the implementation of the World Bank Development Policy Loans, World Bank-Financed Programs for Results, Doing Business, Women Business and the Law and other programs and technical assistance that are in line with the Reform Matrix.
The Reform Matrix was developed by the Government with the support from the World Bank and development partners and approved by the Council of Ministers in 2018. The Reform Matrix was officially launched in February 2019 during the London Initiative. It comprises of a set of policy and structural reforms, that aims to improve the efficiency of the business and investment environment; reduce the cost of doing business; boost exports and investments; and enhance macroeconomic stability. It lays out horizontal and vertical structural reforms that have a transformational impact on growth, job creation and fiscal stability. The ultimate objective of the Reform Matrix is to improve the competitiveness of the economy, stimulate growth and create employment opportunities. Furthermore, it serves as a guidance document for the plans and programmes of the Government on one hand, and donors and development partners on other hand.
REFORM MATRIX PILLARS
The original Reform Matrix was developed around 6 horizontal reform pillars (cross cutting) and three vertical pillars (sectoral). As a result of the midterm review led by the Reform Secretariat, with the aim to revisit growth and reform priorities in alignment with the Government’s Indicative Executive Program taking into consideration post COVID-19 reform priorities. As a result of the midterm review, two pillars have been added which are (1) Enhancing Public Sector Efficiency and Governance and (2) Strengthening the Tourism Sector. Furthermore, the Reform Matrix was extended for two years to 2024.
Following are the Reform Pillars: (1) Macroeconomic adjustment; (2) Enhancing Public Sector Efficiency and Governance; (3) Business Environment; (4) FDI and Exports; (5) Access to Finance; (6) Flexible Labor Market and (7) Social Safety Nets. And 4 verticals or sectors which are (8) Transport; (9) Energy; (10) Water; (11) Agriculture and (12) Tourism which are main enablers for the private sector and are directly linked to cost and efficiency of its operations.
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