There is an obsessive fixation in Kuwait concerning ‘Ministers’ and ‘Portfolios.’

When is this society and its decision-making components (Parliament, Council of Ministers) realize that true change and reform comes not with a new minister but by eradicating or overhauling the apparatus within the ministries themselves: Under-Secretaries, Assistant Under-Secretaries, Directors/Managers of Departments, and so forth. By and large, they are the ones who have been in power for decades and know the nooks and crannies of their ministries and how to exploit the system. Ministers can be replaced left and right but it means nothing without a complete overhaul of ministerial human resources and systems: elimination of bureacracy and corruption via an effective e-government system, succession planning and grooming the next generation, eradication of unproductive employees and managers, firing and prosecuting individuals found guilty of abusing their positions for financial gain or otherwise…the list goes on.

Everyone knows that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over, expecting different results. Both the Parliament and the Council of Ministers are guilty of that behavior.

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?


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