National Water Carrier: Gov’t gathers financers to garner further support

Pledges towards project reach $2.4 billion in grants, development loans

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AMMAN — A meeting was held at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation on Wednesday to brief financers on the latest developments of the National Water Carrier Project and to mobilize additional funding, according to a statement by the ministry.اضافة اعلان

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, the Minister of State for Public Sector Modernization, the Minister of Water and Irrigation, and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, as well as ambassadors and representatives of donor countries, banks, and international financial institutions.

The National Water Carrier Project is considered the highest-priority project for water security on the agenda of the government's Executive Program for its Economic Modernization Vision 2023–2033. The meeting aimed to highlight to development partners and financing institutions the importance of providing further grant support for this vital project, which will provide approximately 300 million cubic meters of desalinated water annually to the various governorates of the Kingdom in a sustainable manner.

Water-related strategies, actions During the meeting, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Zeina Toukan reviewed government efforts in the water sector, including the new Water Security Strategy 2023–2040, the road map for financial sustainability of the water sector, and the National Water Loss Strategy 2022–2040.

She also reviewed government efforts to implement vital projects to address the challenge of water loss, key challenges currently facing the sector as a result of the pressures of the Syrian refugee crisis, and the effects of climate change and the population boom.

Toukan called on the international community to provide more grants in order to increase the feasibility of the project. The meeting, she said, aimed to ensure that all possible support is secured in order to reduce the cost of water for Jordanian citizens.

Pledges and studies The minister renewed her thanks to the countries and international institutions supporting and donating to the Kingdom for the pledges made since the project’s pledge conference in March of last year. Pledges towards the project, she said, total $2.4 billion in grants and development and investment loans.

She also expressed appreciation to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Investment Bank for technical support for the project from its early stages, especially in terms of developing studies, project blueprints, and documents.

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