Shraideh stresses importance of National Water Carrier project

Nasser Al-Shraideh
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Al-Shraideh stressed the importance of actively participating in the provision of the necessary financial support to the National Water Carrier project (Aqaba-Amman for Desalination and Water Transfer), which is a strategic project and a top priority for water security.اضافة اعلان

In a press statement, Shraideh indicated that the ministry is preparing for a conference in March devoted to announcing the pledges of donors, calling on the donor community to coordinate with their capitals to determine the support to the project in preparation for its announcement at the conference to enable the Jordanian government to clearly identify all the related elements.

While chairing an expanded coordination meeting held at the ministry with ambassadors and representatives of donor countries, banks, and international financial institutions, Shraideh stressed the strategic importance of the project for the Kingdom, especially in providing sufficient and sustainable desalinated water estimated at about 300 million cubic meters annually to cover the water needs of the various governorates of the Kingdom. 

He said the project stands as the most important national investment project within the economic priorities program for the years 2021-2023 which the government is committed to implementing according to clear time frames and progress indicators. 

Shraideh highlighted to the audience the water reality in the Kingdom and the challenges facing the sector at the present time as a result of several factors, notably the Syrian refugee crisis, climate change challenges, sector needs and population growth.  He also urged officials at the meeting to consider the necessity of providing the maximum amount of grants and concessional financing for this project to increase its feasibility and ensure the provision of this basic commodity at a reasonable price to citizens.

For his part, Minister of Water and Irrigation Muhammad Al-Najjar presented + the project’s justifications, significance, components, technical aspects, as well as data related to the water status, the challenges facing the water sector, the project’s initial financial model, its implementation method, and related stages. 

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation had previously announced the completion of all documents related to the national water carrier project, as the tender is expected to be signed with the winning coalition before the end of this year.

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