Dr. Elshafie Khidir Saeid
Today, we present the first set of proposals in line with our commitment to support the Prime Minister’s initiative. But, let us start by stressing that we all need to review and evaluate our role in the transition processes, disperse any static negative charges, and injecting positive stimuli and energy that could strengthen the will and the leadership capabilities to properly manage the transitional period, including the transparent disclosure with people about what achieved, what didn’t and why, and in taking well-studied decisions towards more efficiency and effectiveness in implementing the aspirations of the change posed by our great revolution.
My first proposal: The government should abide by and adhere to the principle of review and evaluation within the framework of the triad: consultation, transparency, and accountability. I suggest that the government establishes an appropriate mechanism through which the Prime Minister addresses the people on a regular periodic basis. This triad is mandatory if we want to achieve success in political and development issues, and it is one of the most important pillars of good governance.
It is an ill practice when the government formulates its visions and answers to the dilemmas it faces behind closed doors, instead of consulting the people of experience and knowledge among the all social segments, with a careful analysis of the available opportunities and weaknesses, and clearly defining the roles of government, the private sector, civil society, and ordinary citizens. I do believe that transparency and consultation are among the criteria measuring the extent and degree of permeation and flow of the spirit of the glorious December revolution in the body of the transitional government.
Let us consider some examples: It is known that managing the country’s economy is on the top of the main challenges facing the transition. At the same time, it is well known that the poor and the hungry people cannot wait for generations to find solutions to their most pressing problems.
In this regard, managing the economy during the transitional period requires a greater degree of transparency as well as consultation with the Sudanese economic experts, businessmen, civil society, employees, and ordinary citizens, to brainstorm on how to get out of the current economic impasse.
What are the appropriate measures and decisions needed to save the country from the economic collapse?
How to convince the suffering Sudanese people that the added hardship effect of the recommendations of international financial institutions on the performance of the Sudanese economy is temporal & before a lasting relief, maybe?!
Another example comes from the behavior of the transitional government towards the various retreats it has been holding since it was formed. The last and recent retreat was a week ago. In these closed meetings, the government is expected to review and evaluate its performance, and to agree on a work program for the next phase.
But, we notice that after each of these retreats, the government issues a brief announcement with generalized outlines of what had been reached in these meetings. I suggest, instead of that, the Prime Minister should discuss the outcomes of these retreats in a meeting, or meetings, with the chief editors of newspapers, the various media, the leaders of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), the civil society and the other social and professional organizations. The aim of these meetings is not only to fulfill the transparency issue, but to follow up on the implementation of the work program, and to see if there is any role the individuals, organizations and sectors, in the whole process. (to be cont.)