Besnik Tahiri, Assess the Jordan's municipal bill

In Amman, Jordan, Tahiri meets mayor of Na'oor, mr.Ghaleb Al Sawaier and civil society organizations

At the invitation of Democratic Institute (NDI ), North Africa and Jordan, mr. Besnik Tahiri, head of the Kosovo Local Governance Institute, expert international development and local government, is staying in Jordan.

Mr. Tahiri, during his visit to Jordan, had separate meetings, and has  simultaneously  conducted an assessment of Jordan's municipal bill. The assessment team met with representatives of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, King Abdullah Fund for Development and Al Hayat Center for Civil Society Development, Mr. Mayor of  Nao'or it, Ghaleb Al Sawaier, representatives of the Greater Amman Municipality and the Municipal Council of Irbid.

During the meeting, mr. Tahiri stated that 'each country that aims at enhancing democracy and good governance principles should bear in mind that local government is a cornerstone of democracy. In this context, mr. Tahiri said that a serious commitments must be given to citizen participation in municipal decision-making, the transfer of responsibilities from the central to the local level and in particular the establishment of new municipalities. Further, mr. Tahiri said that the establishment of new municipalities of Kosovo is followed by an opportunity for citizens of Kosovo, but also the difficulty in raising the quality of public services at the municipal level.

'Any country that wants to create new municipalities should seriously examine the criteria, in order for the system to succeed. Without sufficient capacity and resources, the newly established municipalities have difficulty functioning successful, 'he said.

During the visit of providing professional advisory and evaluation, mr. Tahiri met representatives of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, King Abdullah Fund for Development and Al Hayat Center for Civil Society Development, Nao'or chairman, representatives of the Greater Amman Municipality and the Municipal Council of Irbid. During this process of consultation and training were discussed concepts and contemporary European trends drafting public policy and in particular  local government  and the information and explanations provided to the Kosovo model and experience in the operation of institutions which aim to design  and advance public policy.

During the meetings with Jordanian institutions, mr. Tahiri said that professional institutions in transition countries should help democracy and in fact state reforms should be preceded by proper research to become government policy, studies and assessments of the situation on the ground, about the civic needs and through professional analysis in order to influence reforms envisaged in the advancement of society in general. So these institutes while addressing public policy in fact they address the issues related to democracy and reforms of the Kingdom of Jordan.

During this visit, mr. Besnik Tahiri, along with mr. Arian Shehu , NDI director for North Africa and Jordan, had special meetings with the Jordanian authorities where they discussed international practice in establishing the Municipal Councils. In this aspect, mr. Tahiri  also introduced the system of local governance of the Republic of Kosovo, in order to serve as examples for potential consolidation of local democracy in Jordan.