Libya’s Audit Bureau has called on outgoing prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, to take “necessary measures” to address excessive employment in the public sector
Khaled Al-Shakshak, the bureau’s president, sent a communique directed to Dbeibeh, in which he urged the 63-year-old premier “not to expand the establishment of administrative bodies or grant them administrative and financial independence.”
According to the communique, which was publicly released by the bureau, Al-Shakshak invited Dbeibeh’s government to develop a central system that organizes database of public sector workers “based on the actual needs of the state”.
The bureau’s president also called for “strengthening the role of the private sector by providing guarantees and developing plans to finance small and medium enterprises, which in turn will contribute to reforming the economy in general, providing job opportunities for young people and reducing unemployment.”
He also called for the development of strategic plans aimed at “harmonizing educational outcomes with the needs of the labor market.”
Public salaries in Libya account for more than half of public spending in the country of 6 million, and are funded by unstable oil and gas revenues.