Jerash will soon get an agro-industrial park

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The archeological part in the Roman-ruin city of Jerash. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Transforming Jerash Industrial City into an agro-industrial park, a tourism and heritage hub, or an ICT park, will not change the core aim of the project, which is creating jobs for the local community, officials said.اضافة اعلان

The cost of creating the industrial city is estimated at JD150,000 for each dunum, which is expensive for attracting investments, deputy general-manager of the Jordan Industrial Estates Corporation Oday Obeidat told Jordan News on Saturday.

Additionally, not all industries can be launched in Jerash, whose climate and delicate agriculture and green woodlands would be severely damaged by the disposal of certain industries, Obeidat said.

The industrial city in Jerash, which was launched in 2013, is still under construction and needs JD7 million to complete electricity supply, roads that connect it to the nearest highway, a water treatment plant, and other facilities, officials said.
Changing the project into a town park is the last thing that Jerash needs, as 24 percent of the governorate’s land is woodlands
Yousef Al-Zuraiqat, member of Jerash Governorate Council, said that his group will allocate JD7 million from its JD8 million budget to complete the project as an industrial park. But he added the amount would not suffice for other projects.

The total cost has increased the price of land at the park to JD150,000 which is a deterring factor for investors, according to Zuraiqat, who is also the head of the council’s investment committee.

“Changing the project into a town park is the last thing that Jerash needs, as 24 percent of the governorate’s land is woodlands”, Zuraiqat said, trying to underline the need for an industrial city to create jobs for the local community.

There are plenty of food manufacturers in Jerash, mainly established in dairy and olives, Jerash’s signature produce, according to Zuraiqat.

For establishing an ICT hub, experts said that it involves buildings and facilities with special requirements, which would make investment even more expensive at the park unlike some mechanical industries that would require simpler infrastructures, said the council’s member.

During a meeting at Jerash Governorate Headquarters last week, Jerash Mayor Ahmed Hashem said that that there is no alternative to the establishment of the industrial city, which will provide 3,000 to 4,000 job opportunities for the people of the governorate.

Meanwhile, MP Majid Rawashdeh called on the concerned authorities to “facilitate the accomplishment of the project”.

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