Minister shares plans to slash municipalities' debt to JD100m in next 2 years

Tawfiq Krishan
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration, Tawfiq Krishan. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration, Tawfiq Krishan, revealed the ministry's plan to assist Jordan's municipalities in reducing their debts from JD350 million to JD100 million within the next two years. اضافة اعلان

In addition, he emphasized the importance of empowering the Kingdom's provincial councils to become the driving force behind local development, aligning with the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Successful implementation of projects by provincial councilsDuring a press conference held at the Royal Cultural Center, Krishan commended the municipal and provincial councils of Jordan for their achievements in their inaugural year.

He highlighted their efforts in expanding services, fostering local development through partnerships with the private sector, and promoting the decentralization initiative.

Notably, provincial councils demonstrated significant progress by completing 50 percent to 80 percent of the projects approved in their 2022 budget, despite the challenges faced.

Alignment with Economic Modernization VisionKrishan emphasized that the progress made by the local administration sector is in line with the Economic Modernization Vision (EMV) and the government's strategy for public sector development.

The minister further stated that visits to all 100 municipalities and most provincial councils were conducted to ensure the implementation of the Royal visions and address any existing issues.

Regarding the EMV's investor drivers, Krishan outlined the ministry's role in stimulating and supporting investment.

The Higher Organization Council, under the ministry's purview, approved a total of 291 private sector projects in 2022 and 174 projects in 2021. Furthermore, since the beginning of 2023, the council has received 125 investment proposals from enterprises seeking support.

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