Gov’t to resume economic plans, programs devised prior to COVID-19 — PM

Bisher Al- Khasawneh
Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh on Tuesday said that the government will resume the implementation of economic and development plans and programs that were devised prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, according the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at a meeting of the Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) on Tuesday evening, on the tenth anniversary of the JSF’s foundation, Khasawneh announced that the government is about to launch stimulus packages for industries in regions and governorates that record a high increase in unemployment rates.

Khasawneh told the meeting, attended by ministers, officials, JSF members, and representatives of the private sector, that the government is working to increase job opportunities in response to royal directives through building a strategic partnership with the private sector, especially since the public sector alone is unable to address unemployment challenges.

The government will soon launch a JD80 million national employment program to create nearly 60,000 jobs, according to the prime minister, who underlined the importance of adopting enabling policies for the private sector, attracting more foreign investment, and enhancing existing investments in Jordan.

Khasawneh also indicated that the government will soon refer a new draft law regulating the investment environment to the Lower House of Parliament to facilitate procedures for local, Arab, and foreign investors.  He highlighted measures taken to support national industries, most notably the new electricity tariff that will be applied as of April, stressing that this tariff will not affect 93 percent of Jordanians.

On the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis on the Jordanian economy, the Prime Minister reaffirmed that the forward-looking view of His Majesty King Abdullah immunized Jordan against the crisis.  According to World Bank reports, the Kingdom is one of the countries that are most able to deal with the crisis, said Khasawneh, stressing that the Kingdom’s stockpile of wheat and barley is enough for long periods of time.

On the holy month of Ramadan, the Prime Minister said Jordan has a safe strategic stock of goods and foodstuffs, noting that the private sector has played a responsible role in this regard during the COVID-19 pandemic and from the onset of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.

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