Jordan, French agency sign 150m-euro development loan

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AMMAN  — The government and the French Development Agency (AFD) signed a 150-million-euro development policy loan agreement to support the implementation of gender-responsive budgets, according to a press statement Saturday carried by Hala News.اضافة اعلان

The agreement was signed by Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Shraideh, AFD Deputy CEO Bertrand Walckenaer, and an official from French Embassy in Amman.

Shraideh said the loan will support the general budget for 2022–2024 and aims to support the government’s efforts to promote gender equality. Four ministries will adopt the gender-responsive budgeting policy first, with the cooperation of the General Budget Department: the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Parliamentary and Political Affairs.

For his part, Walckenaer said that, with this approach, Jordan will be at the forefront of countries working to promote gender equality.

The AFD will provide technical assistance and a capacity-building grant valued at 1.5 million euros, to be implemented by UN Women, to help to implement the program.

Shraideh thanked the French government and the AFD for this continued support to the Kingdom and for their understanding of the economic and social challenges Jordan faces. Jordan values greatly its relationship with France within the framework of the EU and the bilateral efforts to improve cooperation in areas of mutual political, social, and economic interest.

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