Odat casts light on Jordan's COVID-19 battle, urging reform to face challenges

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AMMAN  — Speaker of the Lower House Abdel Moneim Odat said Jordan has learned many "difficult" lessons, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and turned related challenges and risks into opportunities and new planning horizons, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In this regard, Odat said that the pandemic allowed Jordan and its institutions to "differentiate logistical capabilities available to sectors and institutions, from real capabilities required to manage crises."

Odat made his remarks while inaugurating the Jordanian Economy Conference on Saturday, adding that the pandemic, despite its dangers and catastrophic effects, is not the only crisis facing the world.

Odat referred to climate change, scarcity of water and food resources, regional and international imbalances, and disruption of the global economic and financial systems as "crises that will increase chaos and ignite economic and trade wars."

Locally, Odat lauded the efforts of all Jordanian national bodies, which through their scientific and research contributions, identified the pandemic's "real" effects on the country’s various economic, social and educational sectors, and other businesses which were hit by disruption of their operations.

Odat also stressed the need to create a political and parliamentary environment that is capable of developing tools and spaces for popular participation in decision-making and continuing the process of economic, social and administrative reform to face challenges.

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