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Norway supports Jordan’s economic reforms, job creation efforts

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Picture of Norwegian Ambassador Espen Lindbeck. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Norway supports Jordan’s economic reforms and effort for sustainable growth and job creation, Norwegian Ambassador Espen Lindbeck said, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In an interview with Petra, Lindbeck praised Jordan for hosting tens of thousands of refugees from across the region.

"We believe refugees should be provided with a dignified life until they are able to return. We have had a particular focus on providing cash-based interventions and innovative use of technology, an area in which Jordan has been playing a pioneering role, and which has been important in the efforts to ensure that humanitarian aid is effective and provides agency to the beneficiaries,” he said.

“Another core focus for our support has been ensuring the access to quality education for refugee children, whom have been granted access to Jordanian schools as a result of the common efforts of the Jordanian government and international partners," he added.

As the refugee crisis is becoming protracted, he explained, Norway raised its support to more long-term development, with a particular focus on education and employment, and continued humanitarian support for the most vulnerable.

“We are therefore also supporting Jordan's efforts towards economic reform, sustainable growth and job creation with the World Bank,” he explained. At the recent Brussels conference on Syria, Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt underlined that Norway was “committed to providing support for the refugees Jordan is so generously hosting", he added.

"Norway also remains a significant long-term donor to UNRWA, and we work closely with Jordan to ensure that the rights of Palestine refugees are respected and that their needs are met," Lindbeck noted.

He said his country is engaged in dialogue with Jordan on human rights, by supporting organizations and projects that seek to strengthen civil society institutions and respect for human rights, especially women’s rights and gender equality.
Jordan is also an important partner for Norway at a multilateral level, as both countries are staunch supporters of a strong international legal order.
On economic cooperation, Lindbeck said Norway seeks to boost investments and job opportunities in Jordan by supporting the Kingdom’s economic reforms and promoting bilateral trade. He pointed to a recent visit by Norway’s trade minister, accompanied by a business delegation.

"Several Norwegian companies are however well-established in Jordan already. In January, I had the great pleasure to open a new production facility for the Norwegian company Jotun in Zarqa. Now, Jotun’s world-leading painting and products are closer to the Jordanian and regional market," he said.


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