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‘It’s not information update, its restrictions’

Yusuf Awadh Al-Azmi

It seems the main duty of the administration affairs employees in local companies is to follow-up oppressive decisions issued by the government from time to time in terms of continuous update of information, inspection of quotas, and other types of delays.

Frequently, this hampers the recruitment of required labor force. Obviously, such a setting becomes a perfect breeding ground for administration corruption.

This kind of corruption only thrives under such circumstances where complexity in the transaction process is the norm along with red tapes to the extent that representatives of companies (Mandoub) become heroes as they take advantage of their relations with the employees to pass their client’s transactions, some of which could be illegal.

Normally, simplified and clear procedures would repel all types of administration corruption. Nevertheless, no one would complain or blame anyone when procedures are conducted electronically because anyone who interfaces with such portals is governed by the rules and regulations that apply to everyone else.

However, when the normal procedure involves requesting a bunch of documents and typing out applications forms, such administration norms are not considered as proper, given that electronic interfacing with the government bodies and through a single employee, without the need for typing out applications and dealing with unjustified congestion, which would enable a “mandoub” to accomplish a transaction easily and effectively.

The usual operations along the corridors of labor departments are obstacles in the developmental plans. Here I am not casting blame on the employees in this sector, as all they are doing is executing their orders.

The blame and responsibility should be on the labor department in terms of impeding the work of administration companies, which opens the door for “wasta” and transgression of law, a situation that is unsuitable for both the work and the employer.

Evidently, there should be quality inspection of licensed work as per the requirements and standards of the profession. In this case, the inspection only focuses on the administration issues, labor quota and salary bank statements, in addition to foolish procedures which could be handled through just a click on a button.

It is imperative to get rid of the impeding administration tradition which only destroys instead of building, let alone sets up barriers for the employers in either a major or a small company. The rules and regulations ought to be clear and rational, and inspection should focus on the work itself.

There is no doubt that an employer with a file that has met all requirements would not be negatively affected by such procedures, but their transactions will be delayed by unnecessary procedures just because a certain document is missing or is not clear enough to be read properly, forcing the employer to seek “wasta” just to ensure a quick transaction process.

Attraction of foreign investors comes by setting advanced and transparent administration systems and clear rational rules and regulations, which are suitable and can facilitate the process of establishing and conducting businesses in a smooth manner, instead of setting up barriers which seem to be set to frustrate businesses through administration work.

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By Yousef Awadh Al-Azmi

“Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions” – American (Austrian-born) management writer Peter Drucker (1909-2005).

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