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Agriculture fairs seek to uplift small-scale farmers December 10, 2019

AMMAN — With the aim of providing small-scale farmers with a new channel to promote their products through annual agricultural fairs, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) on Monday launched a project titled “Institutionalisation of Agricultural Fairs in Jordan”.

According to an FAO statement, these fairs hope to boost the sales of farmers’ fresh and processed"...

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USAID opens Um Qsair center for informal education Jizah DistrictDecember 10, 2019

Amman, Dec. 9 (Petra) -- United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Monday, opened a center for informal education for girls in the Jizah District in the Governorate of Amman.

Deputy Director of the USAID mission in Jordan, Margret Spear, commended the USAID's partnership with the Ministry of Education to ensure that students receive certificates and land jobs, adding that the U.S. is committed to invest in the Jordanian youth's capacity.

The USAID has been working for the"...

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Gov't put in place programs to tackle poverty, unemployment,' says MoSD Minister December 10, 2019

Ankara, Dec. 9 (Petra) -- Minister of Social Development (MoSD), Basma Ishaqat, Monday, said that Jordan had put in place programs to tackle poverty and unemployment, as part of its commitment to the development of the social development.

Ishaqat is heading a Jordanian delegation in Ankara, Turkey, partaking in a ministerial conference on social development entitled: 'Ensuring Social Equality and Wellbeing for all in the Member States: Opportunities and Challenges,' organized by the Islamic Cooperation"...

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PM receives Audit Bureau annual reportDecember 9, 2019

Amman, Dec. 8 (Petra) -- Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Sunday received the Audit Bureau's 2018 report, which lists key violations in government entities.

The report includes unaddressed issues that have a major effect on public finance, as well as the recommendations necessary to resolve them in accordance with laws and legislation in force.

During a meeting with the Bureau's President Assem Haddad, Razzaz stressed that the government will deal with the violations and wrongdoings included"...

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Jordan’s Feynan Ecolodge celebrated for pioneering sustainability in regionDecember 9, 2019

AMMAN — The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) on Sunday celebrated Feynan Ecolodge receiving the “Golden Award” at the World Travel Market (WTM) Travel and Tourism Awards 2019 in the category of reducing carbon and other greenhouse gases.

During a recent ceremony held in London, the judges also selected Feynan Ecolodge as the overall winner of the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards out of 15 establishments,"...

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ASEZA invites private sector to establish air carrier based in AqabaDecember 9, 2019

AMMAN — President of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Nayef Bakhit on Sunday announced an investment opportunity for the private sector to establish an air carrier to operate between Aqaba, Amman and neighbouring Arab countries.

During his meeting with the Parliamentary Economy and Investment Committee, Bakhit said that the air carrier will be fully owned by the private sector with no government involvement, the Jordan News"...

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Interior minister, Iraqi ambassador discuss economic, security cooperation December 9, 2019

Amman, Dec. 8 (Petra) -- Interior Minister Salameh Hammad on Sunday discussed with Iraqi Ambassador to Jordan Haider Al Athari ways of enhancing cooperation between Jordan and Iraq, especially in the security and economic fields in addition to combating terrorism and extremism.

During the meeting, the two officials also discussed some issues related to the Iraqi community in Amman.

Hammad said there are direct Royal directives to the government to build bridges of effective cooperation with Iraq"...

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JCD director, Mexican ambassador discuss enhancing commercial exchangeDecember 9, 2019

AMMAN — Jordan Customs Department (JCD) Director General Maj. Gen. Abdul Majeed Rahamneh on Sunday discussed strengthening relations and facilitating commercial exchange between Jordan and Mexico with Mexican Ambassador to Jordan Roberto Rodriguez.

The JCD is looking to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Mexican Customs Department with the aim of enhancing cooperation and exchange of expertise between the two sides, the Jordan News"...

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Current spending in 2020 budget forecast at JOD8.38blnDecember 9, 2019

Amman, Dec. 8 (Petra) -- Current expenditures in Jordan's 2020 budget is projected at JOD8.383 billion, indicating a JOD414 million over 2019, Minister of Finance Mohamad Al-Issis announced on Sunday.

Highlighting the main figures and projections in the 2020 draft budget which the government has forwarded to the Lower House of Parliament for approval, the minister noted that public servants' (both civic and military) payroll will account for 65 percent of current expenditures in 2020.

He"...

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Women at disadvantage in accessing labour market, employment December 9, 2019

AMMAN — Only 13.8 per cent of women who were previously married are working, while 85.5 per cent have never worked and 7 per cent are looking for jobs, according to a Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI) statement.

SIGI, in a statement made available to The Jordan Times, called on the government to give increased attention and support to children, the elderly, citizens with disabilities and patients, as women are generally the ones engaged"...

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