The Operating System in Lebanon, according to the Civic Influence Hub (CIH)
, can be defined as the integrated system of Good Governance in everything that is of relevance to Lebanese citizens - regardless of their affiliations, commitments or believes.
Good Governance should protect equally both private and public interests, and should be underpinned by a strong national social pact founded on these common interests. However, in Lebanon, the national social pact presents many dysfunctionalities.
There are three basic dysfunctionalities undermining the effectiveness of the Operating System: the absence of a President of the Republic; a self-extended Parliament; and the gridlocked Government relying on consensual democracy.
Questions which need to be asked, and addressed, are:
Examples of the dysfunctional Operating System
- Why is Good Governance so lacking? for instance, there are 33 pending draft laws or laws with no implementation decrees
- Why are the laws already in force continually disregarded?
- Why is there a failure to implement a sustainable policy and to protect natural resources and human resources?
- Why are there so many draft laws still not endorsed or enacted?
- Why are the Lebanese State assets and properties still unclassified?
- Why is the Lebanese diplomacy still ambiguous?
- Why is the issue of Refugees still not dealt with through a serious and comprehensive approach?
- Why is there no integrated policy for wars, crisis and natural disasters?
- Why is the Lebanese diaspora seen as a funding pool?
- Why is the media still serving political interests instead of dealing with the concerns of the Lebanese people?
- Why has there been No restructuring and effective State Sectors and Administrations?
- Why has the Electoral Law not been approved?
- Why is there still no Civil defence policy?
- Over a year without a President of the Republic
- A Parliament with an extended mandate
- The near-stalemate of the Government
- A crippled Socio-Economic Council
- The non-approval of an electoral law
- The failure to establish a Senate
- The non-approval of the wage scale
- The non-approval of the rent law
- The failure to manage the wastes crisis
- The vacancy in the Public administrations
- 33 draft laws under discussion or without implementing decrees or administrative decisions
The Public-Private Partnership, expanded Administrative Decentralization, the Free Access to information, etc.
- The Tourism Study 1996
- The Agricultural Plan 2005
- The Industrial Plan 2006
- The Education Policy 2010
- The Electricity Policy 2010
- The Water Policy 2011
- The Social Pact 2011
- The Transportation Policy Proposal 2011
- The EnvironmentMission Program 2011