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Jordan, Netherlands preparing 4-year aid plan — Fakhoury

By JT - May 21,2018 - Last updated at May 21,2018

Planning and International Cooperation Minister Imad Fakhoury meets with a parliamentary Dutch delegation in Amman on Monday (Photo courtesy of planning ministry)

AMMAN — Planning and International Cooperation Minister Imad Fakhoury on Monday met with a Dutch delegation from the house of representatives and the senate, a Planning Ministry statement said.

During the meeting, Fakhoury reviewed the economic challenges facing Jordan, stemming from the regional instability and from hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees, highlighting the Jordanian "model" in dealing with such challenges.

He voiced appreciation for the Dutch government's continuous support as a strategic partner in Jordan's development process and thanked the delegation for considering the Kingdom as a country of priority for Dutch development aid, in light of a four-year programme being put in place to support the country.

Fakhoury said that the government is working to implement comprehensive economic reforms to enhance the country's resilience and transform challenges into opportunities by maintaining macroeconomic, financial and monetary stability.

He briefed the delegation on the Kingdom's efforts to boost economic growth and create jobs for Jordanians, noting that Jordan has succeeded in maintaining its resilience despite the exceptional and unprecedented conditions prevailing in the region.

Citing the successive response plans and the Jordan Compact, he said they helped resume the comprehensive development path through a socioeconomic roadmap embodied in the Jordan 2025, the Economic Growth Plan, the National Strategy for the Development of Human Resources, the Jordan Digital Strategy, the National Strategy for Employment as well as judicial reforms.

The minister highlighted the importance of cooperation with the Netherlands to review the agreement on easing the rules of origin for Jordanian exports to the EU, which aims to maximise the benefits for Jordanian industrialists, attract investments and provide job opportunities.

For its part, the Dutch delegation praised Jordan's "pivotal role" in the region and the world, commending the Jordanian model of dealing with the crises and its comprehensive reform programme. 

The delegation also asserted the Netherlands' support to Jordan in facing external challenges.

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