President Bashar al-Assad issued Decree no. 281 for 2014 defining the goals, tasks and units of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Syrian official news SANA reported.
Based on the decree, the Ministry’s major aims are organizing and developing the performance of public administration and employment, improving services provided to citizens, combating administrative corruption and qualifying human resources.
The Ministry is a new portfolio which Assad established to reward his former presidential election opponent Hassan al-Nouri, in a move that was criticised and ridiculed by Syrian activists.
During the elections Nouri praised Assad, saying that President Bashar al-Assad exerted immense efforts to preserve the country and national principles.
Nouri also recognized Assad and the current administration’s successful defense against a three-year-long attempt to destabilize the country.
The Ministry, according to the new decree, is to carry out these tasks through drawing up an integrated strategy for administrative development, redistributing responsibilities properly, setting up human resources development programs, suggesting legislative and procedural amendments for development and supervising projects of services development.