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Cabinet approves investment bid for Al Majd housing project in ZarqaJanuary 22, 2020

Amman, Jan. 21 (Petra)-- A cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, on Tuesday, approved the investment bid for the first phase of National Housing Program, related to the Al Majd housing project in Zarqa Governorate.

The program's first phase includes implementing fully-served housing clusters, in stages, to low- and medium-income demographics, built on lands owned by the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDC), by inviting investors in the private housing sector to invest in these"...

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Cabinet endorses draft by-laws on vocational, technical skills commission-January 22, 2020

AMMAN — The Cabinet on Tuesday approved draft by-laws related to the organisational and administrative structure of the Vocational and Technical Skills Development Commission (VTSDC).

Affiliated with the Ministry of Labour, the VTSDC was established in 2019 in accordance with the National Strategy for Human Resource Development, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Minister"...

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Cabinet approves sales tax cut for 76 commoditiesJanuary 20, 2020

AMMAN — The Cabinet on Sunday approved the government’s reduction of the sales tax on 76 basic commodities as of February 1, 2019.

Under the decision, the goods subject to a 10 per cent tax, will be reduced to 5 per cent, while others subject to 4 per cent, will be reduced to 2 per cent, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Reduced commodities include dairy"...

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Gov’t restructuring committee discusses transport, energy sectorsJanuary 19, 2020

AMMAN — The Higher Ministerial Committee charged with studying the restructuring of the government deparments held a meeting on Saturday, headed by Minister of Local Administration Walid Masri.

During the meeting, the committee discussed the institutional structure of the transport and energy sectors in light of proposals submitted to restructure them, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

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King, French president discuss ties, regional developmentsJanuary 16, 2020

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah’s talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Wednesday covered bolstering the two countries’ partnership, as well as current regional and international developments.

During bilateral talks, which were followed by expanded ones at the Élysée Palace attended by HRH Prince Ali, the importance of advancing economic, military, and security cooperation was stressed, in addition"...

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PM launches 2nd phase of National Service ProgramJanuary 15, 2020

Zarqa, Jan 14 (Petra) –– Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Tuesday launched the second phase of the National Service program, part of a top government priority project that will provide vocational training for 20,000 young Jordanians to join the labour market.

The National Service program, which raised its absorptive capacity and was redesigned by the Labour Ministry, will train Jordanian youth and employ them in the targeted sectors.

The second phase includes 6,000 trainees, half of whom"...

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed honours the 10 winners of Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020January 14, 2020

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented awards to the 10 winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize with the participation of a number of world leaders, at the Prize’s annual awards ceremony, coinciding with the start of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

Now in its 12th edition, the annual US$3 million Prize is the UAE’s pioneering sustainability"...

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Gov't drafts plan for 'total conversion' to environmentally friendly bags — ministry -January 6, 2020

AMMAN — The government has drafted a plan to 'permanently and totally' convert to using environmentally friendly bags in place of plastic bags, Environment Minister Saleh Kharabsheh said on Sunday.

The Environment Ministry’s plan will be implemented within the next three years, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

According to a statement from the"...

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Gov’t extends real estate exemptions to end of 2020December 31, 2019

AMMAN — The Cabinet on Monday decided to extend exemption measures, and lower the registration and purchase fees of apartments and lands until the end of 2020.

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said that the move falls within the government's revision of the decisions made within the executive packages to improve the national economy, pointing out that the extension was driven by requests from citizens and investors.

The"...

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CPF’s Haqiq initiative wraps up 2019 activitiesDecember 29, 2019

AMMAN — The Crown Prince Foundation’s (CPF) Haqiq initiative on Saturday concluded its 2019 activities with the participation of 102 of its knights. Youth Minister Fares Breizat, in the presence of CPF CEO Tamam Mango, expressed his pride in the Haqiq knights' efforts in spreading awareness in their communities, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Bilal Oleimat, head of the initiative, said that the youth's efforts have"...

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