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Water Ministry, donors discuss ‘national carrier’ project

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AMMAN — Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar said on Tuesday that a meeting will be held on Wednesday at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, with representatives of donor countries to discuss the national carrier project, according to Al-Mamlaka TV. اضافة اعلان

Speaking to the Parliamentary Agricultural Committee, Najjar said the government is looking forward to embark on the national carrier project and to proceed according to drawn up plans. “By the end of this year we will have signed an agreement with the preferred coalition,” he said.

The national carrier project; at a cost of $2.5 billion, draws water from the Aqaba Gulf, which goes through desalination before it gets transferred to other governorates, in particular the southern governorates and Amman.

Najjar said the ministries of planning and international cooperation and ministry of finance, in cooperation with the ministry of water and irrigation will handle the financing process of the national carrier project. According to Najjar, what is available from the project’s fund through the government during the construction phase is approximately JD250 million and around $100 million from the USAID.

“The tender documents were distributed to the five eligible companies or coalitions, and on Wednesday there will be a meeting with the ministry of planning with representatives of donor countries, in addition to another meeting that will take place by end of January with international banks such as; the European Investment Bank and banks that provide soft loans to finance the project so that the government will be in charge of the cost of cubic meter,” Najjar said.

According to a report by the International Monetary Fund, Jordan is one of poorest countries worldwide in renewable water resources.  Underground water, the report states, gets depleted in unprecedented levels due to population growth and refugee influx as well as scarcity of rain resulting from climate change.

The report stated that the ‘national carrier’ is a key public-private partnership project that aims to desalinate water and help resolve water scarcity through ensuring additional 300 million cubic meters by 2028.  

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