The government will not relent in combating financial and administrative corruption and will work diligently to eliminate it in all state establishments, Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said on Monday.
Halqi was meeting with Judge Nazir Kherirallah after the latter was sworn in as head of the Central Agency for Supervision and Inspection.
He said Kherirallah must exert huge efforts and review the performance of all agency staff, stressing the importance of transparency and accountability and the need to find mechanisms to curb corruption and administrative shortcomings.
The Premier called upon Kherirallah to monitor expenditures, select capable and skilled staff, remove those who could be a liability to the agency's work, and set aside one day each week to meet with Syrian citizens to hear their concerns.
Halqi also issued a number of decisions on Monday resulting in the discharge of 45 employees from various government establishments.
Translated and edited by the Syrian Observer