Strategic planning

• Strengthen the partnership between the municipal and district councils, the private sector and international donors in order to enhance the role of municipal and district councils in approving and implementing development

projects in local communities. Municipal and district councils should have a key role in the partnership by providing the appropriate environment to stimulate investment, especially regarding the simplification of procedures and the provision of appropriate infrastructure.

• MoPIC could play a greater role in providing support to Governorates and in particular to the GLDUs in the Executive Development Programme and

implementation of governorate strategic plan. Specific training and capacitybuilding could also be addressed.

• Once the strategic unit within the GLDUs is created, MoPIC could second qualified staff at the governorate level that would support the strategic unit within the GLDUs.

Promoting inter-institutional dialogue

  • • Institutionalise mechanisms for the inter-governmental co-ordination of the decentralisation process by implementing a more flexible and adapted structure and ensuring that it is fully supported by centre of government structures and line ministries. This could include:
    • - Effective interministerial co-ordination. National ministers responsible for key policies will need to work together more effectively. There is a large variation in economic conditions and governance capability across the country, and a need to better integrate national policies at the regional level. Vertical co-ordination occurs within a complex governance system. The national government therefore needs to co-ordinate more effectively and in a way that accounts for the diversity and differences in capability across the governorates.
    • - Establish a co-ordination council between governorates to share experiences, information and tackle challenges. This would also allow governorates to share experiences on decentralisation implementation and strategic planning, together with the designing and implementing of a basic single framework for subnational management that is linked to performance-based management. This co-ordination council could be composed of the CoG at the central level and representatives of each governorate (political, governor and a technical manager).
  • • Ensure that the leading role given to governorates in strategic planning through a bottom-up approach effectively integrates the lowest levels of the administration, as well as civil society and the private sector.
  • • Municipalities, and in particular mayors, could also gather in a national association to promote the role of municipalities in strengthening decentralisation reform and local development.
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