Consultancy tender for Jordan-Iraq zone awarded — minister

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AMMAN — A tender to pick a consultancy body for the joint Jordan-Iraq economic zone project was awarded to Jordanian Madi and Partners Consulting Engineers after its financial and technical bid received the highest rating from Jordanian and Iraqi firms, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

It quoted Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Yousef Al-Shamali as saying in a statement on Wednesday that scientific and technical methods were used to assess tenders floated by the Iraqi-Jordanian Company for Industry to choose a consultant for the joint economic zone.

After completing the referral procedures, the company will begin work requirements to outline the necessary studies and designs, and prepare tender documents to attract a developer for the project, Shamali said.

By referring the bid, he noted Jordan and Iraq have started the procedural and executive steps of the project, with which the two countries aspire to enhance joint economic cooperation in various fields, and bring about the required development in the regions of western Iraq and eastern Jordan.

Shamali said the process is in line with the directives and visions of the leaders of Jordan and Iraq, and the outcome of the tripartite summits that brought them together with the Egyptian president.

The project constitutes an opportunity to build Jordanian-Iraqi economic integration in many fields, especially industrial domains, the minister noted.

After its completion, the zone will have its products and other industries benefit from exemptions and privileges of free trade agreements Jordan has with many countries, either bilaterally or multilaterally, Shamali said.

The free trade agreements allow Jordanian products access to more than 1 billion consumers without any technical or customs restrictions, including the Jordanian and Iraqi markets, the minister said. He said output from the zone will bear the status of its joint origin status.

The project is located on the two countries’ border and has been allocated an area of 20,000 dunums from both sides.

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