The Minister of the Interior, Local Communities and Urban Planning, Brahim Mourad, said today, Thursday in Algiers, that the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, “pays great attention” to local assemblies and their development.
During his presentation about his sector before the Committee on Legal and Administrative Affairs and Freedoms of the National People’s Assembly, in the presence of the Minister of Relations with Parliament, Basma Azwar, Murad said that “public authorities, led by the President of the Republic, pay great attention to local groups and everything related to their organization and development and take care of concerns related to them,” because they are considered He added, “The basic building block on which the state is based.”
He explained that the municipality is “the grassroots group and a place for the participation of all citizens and civil society in the conduct of public affairs and the ability to achieve social justice, equality and guarantee freedom for every individual,” noting that the President of the Republic “committed to embarking on a comprehensive reform of the regional organization and the conduct of local administration” through reforms that are determined “in a manner Accurate terms of reference for each of the state and local communities within an integrated framework, while strengthening the economic role of local communities.
With regard to the country’s regional organization, Murad mentioned the sector’s gains, the most important of which is the actual installation of the new southern states to enable them to play their developmental role, stressing that the state “continues its efforts to enable the new states to reach the ranks of the rest of the states,” especially since a number of “vital” projects have been implemented. It entered into service, which puts it on the “track of sustainable development.” He also revealed that these states “benefited from financial support exceeding 9 billion dinars.”
Regarding supporting the powers of local groups, he highlighted that this file “has a priority” with the aim of “keeping pace with the development and meeting the basic needs of citizens.” To the President of the Republic to finalize the final version of the “municipality law,” to be followed after that by the state law, stressing that the entry into force of these two laws “will support the pivotal role of the governor and the elected state and municipal councils in advancing the development locomotive.”
Regarding financial support for local communities, the minister acknowledged the existence of “more than 900 municipalities that record a financial deficit during each fiscal year,” referring to a “lack of self-revenue,” but they “benefit every year from the allocations of the state budget and the Solidarity and Guarantee Fund for local communities to ensure the financial balance of all municipalities and sponsorship management expenses.”
After mentioning the various “huge” programs that the states and municipalities have benefited from during the last 3 years, the minister explained that during the current fiscal year, a financial envelope estimated at 110 billion dinars was allocated within the municipality’s development plans, which was distributed to the states “according to the standards of fair distribution.” Among the results Which has been embodied in the field – says the minister – “the development of shadow areas through an urgent catch-up program that was completed in 2022” across all states through “the completion of 96 percent of the funded programs estimated at 30 thousand projects” that allowed nearly 7 million residents of these areas to access The basics of decent living and benefiting from basic public facilities.
The minister also referred, in this context, to the “continuous interest” that the President of the Republic attaches to the development of some wilayas that suffer from a delay in development, such as the two wilayas of Khenchela, which benefited from a supplementary program with an amount of more than 95 billion dinars, as well as Tsemselt, which benefited from a similar program with a cover of 100 billion dinars. He added that the governors were instructed to “continue to count the shortcomings and differences that are recorded in some regions, to take care of them on an ongoing basis, and to include them in the regular development programs, starting from the current year.”
Murad also revealed that, in implementation of the “commitments of the President of the Republic, who calls for achieving a digital transformation to improve communication and generalize the use of technologies,” the Ministry of Interior has implemented several important projects in the field of digitization through a comprehensive strategy that allowed the development of many information systems “with the aim of” modernizing public facilities and raising the quality of service. So far – adds the minister – “all civil status services services have been digitized and all the headquarters of the states, departments and municipalities and more than 1,500 administrative annexes have been connected to the ministry’s headquarters via optical fibers.”
The ministry is also currently working – he adds – on developing several other systems such as a “national information system for families that allows preparing a national card for families” that will be implemented “before the end of 2023, allowing for accurate and continuous follow-up of population distribution”, and within the framework of participatory democracy a platform that “allows The citizen has the right to express his opinion and the participation of local groups in decision-making.
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