AMMAN — The total public expenditure on the 2016 Madaba Governorate development program amounted to JOD58.3 million, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Imad Fakhouri said Tuesday.
Fakhouri made the remarks as he chaired a governmental team that concluded its field visits to follow up on the progress of the 2016 governorates development programs.
In a meeting attended by officials and local community representatives in the governorate, southwest of Amman, the team highlighted the progress of the 2016 Madaba Governorate development program.
The planning Minister outlined the government's achievements in Amman governorate development program, adding that the ministry has circulated the government development programs of governorates, including Amman, to ministries and other government institutions to be taken as reference when preparing their budgets.
He added that the government had increased financial allocations to national credit corporations for 2016-2018 to help create job opportunities.
As for priority infrastructure projects, the ministry has worked with various government institutions including the General Budget Department to allocate JOD6 million for development priorities in Madaba, which weren't listed in the ministries’ budgets for 2016.
Essential finance has also been made available to the governorate's municipalities to establish productive projects and improve income.
Financing for the Syrian refugee crisis has been directed in line with the Jordan Response Plan, including JOD4.5 million earmarked for the education, health sectors and sewerage sectors in 2015-2016, Fakhouri said, noting that the government would continue to urge the international community to meet its responsibilities in this area.