Khasawneh says gov’t seeks to attract investments in Tafileh

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh in a new state-run hospital in Tafileh. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh said that the unemployment rate in Tafileh is high, indicating that the government is seeking to attract to the governorate investments that create job opportunities, Khaberni News reported. اضافة اعلان

During a meeting with Tafileh residents on Saturday, Khasawneh said he had instructed the Ministry of Public Works and Housing to finish the King’s highway by reconstructing and rehabilitating 5km of the road in 2023, and another 5km in 2024, and to boost Tafileh’s position on the national tourism map.

He added that he had directed the Ministry of Agriculture to encourage investments in water harvesting projects that will contribute to creating job opportunities for people in Tafileh.

He also asked that the necessary designs for the Aima and Basira roads, in the southern Jordan Valley, be quickly completed, and urged the Ministry of Public Works and Housing to work to light the Hasa-Tafileh road, at an estimated JD1.5 million allocated in the 2023 budget.

The prime minister said that the Cabinet had decided to grant incentives to those wishing to invest in the industrial city in Tafileh, including subsidizing electricity prices by 75 percent for small and medium investments for the first five years, 50 percent for the next three years, and 15 percent for the following two years.

He highlighted the fact that the Tafileh industrial city is now part of the production branches, and that the local laborers are lent support by the government, who pays half of their salaries, plus JD25 in transportation allowance, and JD25 as a contribution toward social security, as well as by including existing investments in the National Program for Employment for five years.

Khasawneh said that there is a good number of investors in the industrial city in Tafileh, with an investment value of more than JD20 million, and that they provide about 500 job opportunities for the people of Tafileh.

“We have re-estimated and reduced the renting and land sales costs in the Tafileh industrial city, and we stress that operating renewable energy companies should enhance their contribution as part of their corporate social responsibility toward the people of Tafileh,” he said.

During the visit, the premier unveiled a ceremonial curtain on a plaque, officially inaugurating the Tafileh Governmental Hospital.

The JD45 million facility has a 150-bed capacity, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

 Khasawneh toured the hospital’s wards, accompanied by the ministers of Health Firas Al-Hawari, Public Works and Housing Yahia Kisbi, and Interior Mazen Al-Farayah.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Khasawneh said the hospital should provide the best medical services and health care for citizens in the southern Tafileh governorate.

The premier also spoke to patients, visitors, and medical and nursing staff and workers regarding the hospital’s health services provided to the governorate’s citizens.

Hawari said the Ministry of Health has provided the newly-launched hospital with the necessary health, medical, and administrative staff to ensure its efficient and effective operations and performance.

To date, he said the hospital has performed a number of surgeries since it was fully operational at the beginning of September 2022.

He noted that these surgeries came after the ministry provided necessary medical equipment and furniture to all emergency wards, outpatient clinics, surgery halls, and other departments.

Noting the ministry’s plan to operate the hospital, he said the scheme included holding training courses for all hospital workers and setting a trial and evaluation period for the operation over three phases, which began by launching emergency wards and the 17 outpatient clinics, which offer several medical specialties.

The hospital’s total area is about 33,000 square meters, and the cost of its implementation amounted to JD34 million, while expenses paid to provide medical equipment and medical and non-medical furniture amounted to about JD11 million.

The seven-story building consists of 150-patient accommodation beds, seven operating halls, an 11-bed dialysis ward, two quarantine rooms, a 17-bed resuscitation and intensive care unit.

The hospital also boasts of a prematurity unit with a capacity of 15 expandable incubators, and an emergency ward with a 30-bed capacity, which contains digestive and respiratory units, in addition to a catheter unit and accommodation for medical staff.

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