The Secretariat General of Council of Ministers
The Secretariat General of Council of Ministers
The Secretariat was set up in 1954 upon the advent of the first national government and it was previously known as the secretariat of the Council of Ministers. Mr. Ahmed EL Tahir was appointed the first Secretary General of the Secretariat in 1954 at a scale of ministry under-secretary to undertake the job of preparing the minutes ,registering Council's resolutions , memorandums and the various administrative work that was forwarded the head of the government for taking decisions and directions on it along with responding to the issues that is forwarded to the president of the government .The Secretary General is also assigned with registering the Councils' resolutions and informing the authorities concerned with these resolutions as well as following up their implementation .Due to the expansion of these Secretariat's assignments the importance of strengthening and expanding this secretariat had aroused in a way that serves the increase of the magnitude of her responsibilities hence a number of qualified staff were transferred from the other ministries and the government units to work in the secretariat and they were followed by university graduates .In august of 1965 Mr. AbdulRahman EL Amin was selected to be appointed the first Secretary General of the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers and from that date the secretariat of Council of Ministers was Called the Secretariat General of Council Of ministers. During the period of May regime rule [1969-1985] the name of the secretariat it's functions were amended several times and it was called the government secretariat .In 25/1/1975 the general secretariat of the presidency was established incorporating the general secretariat of the government and the general secretariat of the state [people's palace] then the name of the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers on the sixteenth of August the name of the " Secretariat General of occurred in the executive Council of Ministers" was restored and retained up to the present.Regarding the functions of the Secretariat, they have been developed to cope with the extension that body during the seventies and the first half of the eighties to include the following:
Carrying out the assignments of the general secretariat for the Prime Minister [Head of the Government] along with preparing for the Council of Ministers' meetings and the emanating committees and keeping the proceedings of the Council ,registering its resolutions and reporting them to to the authorities concerned.
Preparing studies and providing necessary information by the assistance of all the Ministries and the governmental units together with completing all the issues that are received from the concerned authorities in order to be presented to the President of the Republic.
Collecting the required documents, data, statistics and information for performing tasks as well as getting acquainted with the sources of information in attempt to complete them and benefit from them.
Following up the implementation of resolutions and directives issued by the President of the Republic and caring for the way decision are reached.
Performing any tasks or studies for specific issues in fields related to the capacities of the Council of Ministers as directed by the President of the Republic.
Under the multi-party system, the Council of Ministers represent the top of the executive body headed by the Prime Minister as was known in the parliamentarian system.
This constitutional reality made the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers the hand right of the Council of Ministers' work and the Prime Minister and the linking point for the interaction and the flow of work to the different governmental units a matter that led to introducing amendments in the capacities of the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers in the year 1986 as follows:
Effecting contact between the Council of Ministers and the government units towards safeguarding the necessary central and regional coordination between the various governmental units.
Coordination between the legislative ,executive and political bodies.
Studying the complaints and the requests presented to the Prime Minister.
Upon the National Salvation Revolution advent to power on 30/6/1989 a presidential decree No.30 was issued for the year 1989 specifying the functions of the Secretariat as follows:
Working as link between the Council of Ministers and the governmental units towards regional and central coordination between the various organs.
Effecting Coordination between legislative, executive and sovereignty authorities.
Following up the execution of the resolutions and assignment issued by the Council of Ministers and coordinating efforts to this effect along with preparing reports on the accomplishments of the executive bodies.
Carrying out the functions of the general secretariat of the Council of Ministers and the Ministerial committees.
Recording the resolutions of the Council of Ministers and reporting to the concerned authorities.
Providing information and collecting documents and data as well as scrutinizing issues received from the concerned authorities for presenting them to the Council of Ministers.
Supplying the various governmental units with information and data to help them perform their tasks.
Upon the establishment of the federal governance and the multiply of the number of the states ,and their executive and legislative bodies, the Secretariat consultative and coordinative role has also increased let alone her role in extending training services and transfer of experiences.
This role has been clear in the preparations numerous meetings of deliberations towards the establishment of the federal governance which included meetings of the governors and their deputies along the meetings of the commissioners and the government secretaries.
The secretariat also arrange for workshops training courses ,seminars for evaluating the states performance and training their cadres on various means and methods that enable the officials exercise their authorities in a best way.