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Planning Ministry, IFC ink private sector support agreements

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, on Tuesday signed three agreements to support private investment in Jordan, increase the Kingdom’s competitiveness, and open new markets for local firms. اضافة اعلان

Under the agreements, IFC will help Jordan strengthen and simplify a range of existing legislation, and help introduce new reforms in support of private sector businesses, making it easier for them to trade, grow, and create jobs. This is especially important as Jordan works to recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agreements were signed by the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Shraideh, on behalf of the Jordanian government, and IFC’s country manager for the Levant, Abdullah Jefri.

Shraideh said that these agreements will strengthen the investment climate in the Kingdom, supporting the country’s business environment and competitiveness, both regionally and globally, and helping government efforts to speed economic growth and recovery.

He added that the agreements aim to reduce costs for businesses by rationalizing registration and licensing procedures, simplifying procedures for issuing building permits in the capital, and improving competitiveness in the main sectors of the Jordanian economy by improving compliance with international standards to enable Jordanian exports to enter global markets.

The minister affirmed that the government will continue with economic and financial structural reforms and partner with the private sector to promote economic development through a number of steps, which include increasing the private sector’s role both domestically and internationally.

For his part, Jefri said: “Our new advisory initiatives in Jordan are focused on helping create a more favorable, fair, and competitive business environment and reducing the cost of doing business. This will help generate more investments in key sectors, boost exports and job creation, and drive long-term, sustainable economic growth.”

Under the first agreement, IFC will provide advisory services to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply to implement an integrated business registry system by supporting legal, institutional, and administrative reforms, automating sectoral licenses and permits through electronic services, and providing an electronic platform for integrating and collecting regulatory procedures through a single point of contact to improve the mechanism followed by registering businesses

Under the second agreement, IFC will support the Greater Amman Municipality in simplifying the licensing and monitoring system for buildings within the Greater Amman Region to reduce bureaucracy, cut red tape, and minimize the time needed to issue construction permits. The municipality is expected to establish a virtual one-stop-shop for construction permits in addition to developing the regulatory framework for building control. This is expected to reduce the burden on the private sector and enhance the predictability of the business environment using several tools.

These tools include developing the legal and regulatory framework for building monitoring, implementing the most effective practices in the use of information, communication, and technology applications, enhancing transparency, and reducing compliance costs in the building control system.

Under the third agreement, IFC will work with the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO) to facilitate the entry of Jordanian industrial products, including pharmaceuticals, into international markets. The agreement aims to raise the efficiency of Jordanian industrial products and increase their access to international markets by modernizing the national quality infrastructure in line with international and regional practices and enhance the level of market control.

IFC will offer technical support to JSMO to modernize its quality infrastructure and its national industrial standards, including those for the pharmaceutical industry, which would help Jordanian companies gain access to international markets.

The agreements are part of IFC’s broader strategy in Jordan, which focuses on boosting access to finance for smaller businesses and women entrepreneurs, supporting entrepreneurship and the digital economy, and helping to narrow the infrastructure gap. The advisory projects will be implemented in partnership with the governments of the Netherlands and Japan.

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