Royal Court chief meets Aqaba representatives, leading figures

Aqaba Issawi
(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — In continuation of His Majesty King Abdullah's meeting with representatives and leading figures from Aqaba last week, Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, per Royal directives, met with the city's representatives on Saturday to find out their demands, proposals, and needs.اضافة اعلان

According to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Issawi emphasized His Majesty's commitment to easing pressure on citizens and finding opportunities to reduce poverty and unemployment, especially by supporting small and medium projects and home projects for youth, women, and associations.

He also affirmed the King's care to facilitate the process of financing and licensing these types of projects.

During the meeting, Aqaba representatives and leading figures stressed the importance of the King's visits to the city, which reflects His Majesty's keenness to continuously communicate with the area and check on their needs and demands.

The speakers also called for supporting the tourism and economic sector, improving the infrastructure, and providing job opportunities for young people. They also asked for the Youth and Entrepreneurship Commission to be activated as an incubator for the rehabilitation and training of young people and owners of small projects.

Representatives also asked to create alternative energy projects that contribute to providing electricity and water for the governorate to help reduce costs and improve investments, especially regarding the tourism sector.

They also underlined the importance of supporting employment programs, especially for women, and facilitating their licensing by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA).

The importance of improving educational services was also emphasized, especially vocational and technical education, and representatives suggested the establishment of an industrial school.

They also called for creating medical specializations in cooperation between the public and private sectors and the Royal Medical Services.

They called for developing legislation regulating the ASEZA's work, devising a strategic plan to develop the region within a timetable and specific criteria, eliminating bureaucracy, and adopting a single window to ease the burden on investors, facilitate procedures and attract tourists.

They also called for establishing a branch of the Royal Hashemite Court's Public Services Office in Aqaba and a club for military retirees.

Issawi said that there is Royal interest in these projects, adding that they will greatly impact the development of Aqaba in various fields and job creation.

He noted that several Royal initiatives projects were implemented in the past few years in various regions of the Aqaba Governorate.

He said that the next stage would focus on production and development projects that provide jobs for young people.

Issawi said that all addressed demands and needs will be submitted to King Abdullah and will be coordinated with competent authorities to be examined and followed up according to priorities and capabilities and in line with the government's plans and programs and with follow-up from the Royal Hashemite Court.

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