Jordan’s King Abdullah swears in new government to speed reforms

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan’s King Abdullah on Monday swore in a new government led by veteran diplomat Bisher al Khaswaneh that will seek to accelerate IMF-backed reforms as the economy faces its sharpest contraction in decades due to the coronavirus crisis.

British-educated Khasawneh, 51, was appointed on Wednesday to replace Omar al Razzaz, at a time of rising popular discontent about worsening economic conditions and curbs on public freedoms under emergency laws to contain the pandemic.

The new premier, who comes from a family that has long held senior political posts, has spent most of his public career as a veteran diplomat and peace negotiator with Israel with a last stint as palace adviser.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Finance Minister Mohamad Al Ississ, who oversees the country’s reform program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), kept their posts in a 32-member cabinet dominated by a mix of technocrats and

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Civil Society Warns G20 of Dire Global Fallout & Demands Bold Reforms

The Civil 20 Virtual Summit, Saudi Arabia

The Civil 20 Virtual Summit has convened with more than 4,000 civil society leaders representing 109 countries at the biggest non-government organizations gathering in the G20 history, channeling their concerns and demands ahead of the G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit next month. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The Civil 20 Virtual Summit has convened with more than 4,000 civil society leaders representing 109 countries at the biggest non-government organizations gathering in the G20 history, channeling their concerns and demands ahead of the G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit next month. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The Civil 20 Virtual Summit has convened with more than 4,000 civil society leaders representing 109 countries at the biggest non-government organizations gathering in the G20 history, channeling their concerns and demands ahead of the G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit next month. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Civil 20 Virtual Summit has convened today with more than 4,000 civil society leaders representing 109 countries at the biggest non-government organizations gathering in the G20 history, channeling their concerns and demands ahead of the G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit next month.

The Civil 20 Communiqué

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Government to finalise “pragmatic” and “realistic” workplace reforms following the federal budget

The federal government is poised to finalise its much-anticipated package of workplace relations reforms within weeks, says Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter, who told an event on Tuesday that the proposed changes will be “pragmatic, appropriately balanced and … realistic in scope”. 



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Addressing the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia, Porter revealed the reforms will be finalised in the weeks following the federal budget, which is to be handed down next week on October 6, and introduced into parliament in “coming months”. 

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Since June, Porter has been leading roundtable discussions with employer and union groups in a bid to find middle ground in five key areas of workplace relations reform. 

These areas include the enterprise bargaining system, greenfields agreements, award complexity, compliance and enforcement, and casuals and temporary workers.

Small business advocates had put forward a proposal to do away

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China needs a raft of reforms to make new economic strategy work: government advisers

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will need a plethora of reforms if it is to make a new economic strategy that relies mainly on domestic consumption work, advisers to the Chinese cabinet said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk on a street in Shanghai, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, China July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

President Xi Jinping has proposed a “dual circulation” strategy for the next phase of economic development in which China will rely predominantly on “domestic circulation”, to be supported by “international circulation”.

“To rely mainly on domestic circulation, we indeed face a very arduous task,” Yao Jingyuan, the former chief economist for the country’s National Bureau of Statistics, told a briefing.

“Fundamentally we must rely on reforms, and we need to deepen reforms.”

Lin Yifu, a second adviser to the cabinet, said China’s new economic strategy was not a short-term measure to

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Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins

If Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump’s No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE wins the election, one of his first orders of business has to be to enact his proposed package of ethics reforms to ensure that no future president can replicate the abuse of power by the current administration. We must return independence to the Justice Department, tackle conflicts of interest, restore ethics in government, hold lobbyists and policymakers accountable, and reduce the influence of money in politics.

A recent article by Jonathan Chait makes the case to prosecute Donald Trump after he leaves office. But Chait frames this as a choice between “the rule of law and mutual toleration.” Do we hold leaders accountable? Or do we ensure a peaceful transition

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To What Extent Did The Liberal Reforms Improve The Lives Of The British Individuals?

Throughout these monetary hardships, people must make the most of every opportunity in making their life steady. Due to America’s long, sordid historical past of greed and abuse, nothing our government does in it is own curiosity at the expense of everyday People surprises me. Like many others, I’ve learned to anticipate all of the flawed things from Uncle Sam.

The practices additionally assist to foster understanding by most people of the unique and varied traditions of Native American cultures. Within the non-public sector, corruption will increase the price of business by way of the worth of illicit funds themselves, the management cost of negotiating with officers, and the risk of breached agreements or detection.

With 50,000 people joining HP each day, hopefully your message will hit every American. The Guardian (2010), Corruption Index 2010 from Transparency Worldwide: find out how every Country Compares, retrieved January 22, 2015. A country’s … Read More