Shraideh urges support for Jordan’s modernization plans

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Al Shraideh
(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Al-Shraideh called on Jordan’s development partners from donors and funding institutions to maintain support to the Kingdom’s economic and development reform plans to meet economic challenges, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at a meeting with ambassadors and representatives of donor countries and funding institutions, Shraideh reviewed Jordan’s comprehensive economic, administrative and political reform programs within the framework of the Economic Modernization Vision, public sector modernization map, and political modernization process as announced by the government under the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah.

A ministry statement on Wednesday said Shraideh pledged that Jordan is continuing its efforts in the path of economic, administrative and political modernization at the beginning of the Kingdom’s second centennial.

The minister outlined to the attendees the executive program for the 10-year Economic Modernization Vision, coordinated by the Ministry of Planning, pointing to efforts by most sectorial teams and ministerial committees formed by the Cabinet for that particular purpose.

The minister also highlighted the vision’s importance as a roadmap for the next 10 years to enable Jordan to benefit from the national economy’s various existing potentials, and take advantage of its competitive advantages, based on two main pillars to achieve economic growth and enhance the quality of life.

On administrative reforms, he said the government adopted a public sector modernization roadmap to improve services provided to citizens, and raise the performance of the government apparatus to reach an “efficient and effective” public sector by revamping the public administration.

The minister also referred to an executive program for the public sector modernization scheme for the years 2022–2025, which was prepared by a ministerial committee, chaired by Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh, and includes three axes and action tracks, namely focusing on services, institutional and legislative aspects.

Shraideh said the framework of the roadmap for the public sector modernization scheme for the years 2022–2025 features seven components, namely government services, digitization, organizational structure and governance, policy-making and decision-making, human resources, legislation, and institutional culture.

On political reforms, Shraideh said the endorsed reforms aim to strengthen political and partisan participation, with a focus on youth, women, and persons with disabilities.

This reform package also seeks to launch political parties with “strong programs to effectively engage in Jordan’s political process and enhance the role of the media in promoting political participation, party culture and democratic practices,” he pointed out.

According to the statement, the minister briefed donors on the government’s key reforms in the water sector and referred to developments related to the National Water Carrier Project, the Aqaba-Amman Water Desalination and Transport Project, in terms of the tender stages.

Shraideh reiterated thanks for the pledges announced to support National Water Carrier project from all countries and development partners, with a value of $1.830 billion in grants, development and investment loans.

He stressed the importance of providing assistance from additional grants for this “strategic” project, which is a top priority on the government’s action agenda, and a pillar of national water security, in the context of achieving comprehensive economic development.

He said the assistance would help Jordan, especially in light of the economic and financial pressures and challenges facing the Kingdom, foremost is hosting more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees and the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, he explained.

The ambassadors, donors and representatives of UN bodies and funding institutions lauded Jordanian economy’s resilience to deal with external challenges and shocks, and its role in advancing important reforms in priority sectors, to reach inclusive and sustainable growth for all, create job opportunities, especially for youth and women, and provide an “enabling” environment.

The foreign diplomats also pointed to the private sector’s role in contributing to achieving the goals set within sectorial policies, strategies, programs and national visions.

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