JOD79m: Total Value of Government Projects in Mafraq, 2016

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AMMAN — The Government spent JOD79 million on development programmes in Mafraq in 2016, the Planning Minister Imad Fakhouri said on Tuesday.

Accompanied by a governmental team, Fakhouri briefed the local community and official representatives on the government’s measures to implement the Mafraq development programme, the ministry said in a statement.

As for the Syrian refugee crisis, the minister said that JOD102 million were allocated to fund various sectors including the education, health, energy, water and sewage sectors through the Jordan Response Plan (JRP).

The Planning Ministry has worked with various government institutions including the General Budget Department, the ministry has circulated the government development programmes of governorates, including Mafraq, to ministries and other government institutions to be taken as reference when preparing their budgets.

The projects being implemented in Mafraq include the establishment of productive branch in cooperation with the Labour Ministry, which is worth JOD990 thousand, and providing funding worth JOD500 thousand in the form loans to unemployed graduates, in cooperation with the Development and Employment Fund (DEF).

Essential finance has also been made available to municipalities to establish productive projects and improve incomes, he added.

To provide the suitable environment for the decentralisation project, the minister said that the development programmes at the governorate represent a reference and a planning tool for the municipal, the executive and the governorate councils.

He noted that the government has increased the financial allocations for the national credit corporations for 2016-2018 to help create job opportunities that would contribute to improving citizens’ lives.

The planning ministry has coordinated with the donating institutions on the priorities in each governorate, in this instance, USAID, accompanied by the planning minister, has conducted field visits to governorates including Mafraq to discuss these priorities and financing them.

In light of the huge lack in the percentage of Jordanian workers in the agriculture, construction and service sectors, the government is going to work on enabling Jordanian labourers to replace guest workers to reach at least 25 per cent of the total workers in these sectors.

An investment map has been presented in all governorates, including Mafraq, Fakhouri said, adding that feasibility studies were under way to identify the most important investment opportunities to create jobs for young people.

As part of making policies to boost the role of institutions funding medium and small enterprises, the government launched the new JOD25 million programme for crow-employment through DEF and in partnership with leadership centres that boost support, without guarantees, to any productive projects by the youth established for self-employment.

Fakhouri asserted that the meeting comes in line with the Royal Designation Letter, which is a cornerstone in the government's work to implement His Majesty’s directives to provide a safe, decent and sustainable life to Jordanians in Badia, rural areas, cities and camps.

During the meeting, the governmental team listened to the citizens’ demands and notes during various sessions.

The first session was conducted to raise awareness to benefit from the financial programmes and plans of the national credit corporations to small and medium enterprises, which guarantee simplified conditions.

The government team presented the programmes to citizens in order to encourage them into establishing their own self-employment enterprises and empower local community and increase their incomes. The minister said that the government team has met with civil society commissions and governmental financing funds, and briefed them on the government’s programmes and funding windows that provide logistic support and finance under varying conditions.

He added that the government is willing to increase allocations according to the presented projects that focus on demolishing poverty and unemployment and establishing a decentralised approach that prepares for the decentralisation scheme and municipal elections next year.

The ministry’s Local Development Programmes Director Mohammad Adaileh gave a presentation on government loans, outlining the target groups, funding limits, repayment period and interest rates, as well as the funding standards of each financial institution.

Mafraq Governor Ahmad Zu'bi, senators, council members, mayors, presidents of the local chambers of industry and representatives of local commissions, women and youth were joined by the secretaries general of ministries at the meeting.