Taking On Egypt’s Big Bureaucracy

Source: Middle East Institute
Author(s): Maria Golia

Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/content/at/taking-egypt%E2%80%99s-big-bureaucracy

Since the 1990s, the need for streamlined procedures to facilitate business, trade and investment has grown to crisis proportions in Egypt. But the political will to deliver administrative reform was always lacking, not least because it would involve lay-offs and wage reductions; in other words, direct threats to the livelihoods of some seven million state employees and consequently the regime’s popularity. But with the government wage bill estimated to reach USD30 billion next year, Egypt has finally taken action. In keeping with a strategy focused on cutting government spending, the Civil Service Law was passed in March and began to be enacted in July.[1]…

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