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Red-rose city open to visitors todayJanuary 22, 2020

Petra, Jan. 21 (Petra) -- The red-rose city Petra is receiving visitors from around the world as usual, said Suleiman Farajat, Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA).

Farajat told the Jordan News Agency (Petra) that the authority's staff has been working since morning to clear roads from snow in the Petra district and the Wadi Musa - Shobak road.

He called on citizens to adhere to instructions released by relevant authorities and emergency rooms, and to"...

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Audit Bureau president, Dutch envoy discuss supervisory cooperationJanuary 22, 2020

Amman, Jan. 21 (Petra) - President of the Audit Bureau, Assem Haddad, and the Netherlands Ambassador to Jordan, Barbara Joziasse on Tuesday discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas related to supervisory work.

Haddad stressed the importance of the Netherlands’s role in supporting and developing performance in many public institutions, including the Audit Bureau.

He said the Bureau is ready to cooperate in serving supervisory work and improving levels of human competencies, as"...

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Cabinet OKs criteria to establish health centers, hospitalsJanuary 22, 2020

Amman, Jan. 21 (Petra) -- The Council of Ministers on Tuesday endorsed standards to set up health centers and hospitals in the Kingdom during a session chaired by Prime Minister Omar Razzaz.

Health Minister Saed Jaber told a press conference after the meeting that the cabinet's move was to stop a waste of resources and random expansion of these clinics and hospitals, given the high operating costs and shortage in qualified medical cadres.

The new standards, he pointed out, will allow medical services"...

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Jordan's exports up 8.1pct at JD5.3bln in first 11 months of 2019January 22, 2020

Amman, Jan. 21 (Petra) -- Jordan's gross exports picked up by 8.1 percent in the first 11 months of 2019 totaling JD5.34 billion against the same period a year earlier, according to official figures.

National exports also expanded by 8.2 percent to JD4.54 billion in the same period while re-exports amounted to JD806 million, the data by the Department of Statistics revealed.

In turn, imports dropped by 4.1 percent to JD12.6 billion in the Jan-Nov period of 2019 compared with the same period in"...

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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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Energy sector strategy will focus on reducing costs: MinistryJanuary 22, 2020

Amman, Jan. 21 (Petra)-- The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources said the comprehensive energy sector strategy for (2020-2030) will be announced after endorsing its final draft by the cabinet.

The strategy includes four components focusing on security of energy supply, affordable energy availability (lower energy costs) and sustainability, in addition to increased reliance on local sources, the ministry said Tuesday in a statement.

Through the strategy, the ministry seeks to diversify energy sources"...

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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.


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First stage of unified national registry completed — Planning ministerJanuary 22, 2020

AMMAN — Minister of Planning Wissam Rabadi on Tuesday announced that the ministry has completed the first stage of developing the unified national registry, which aims to establish and utilise the unified Platform Portable database.

Platform Portable, which is set to be launched in the near future, stores information on Jordanian families through establishing electronic connections with official authorities, according to a Planning Ministry statement.


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Youth empowerment workshop seeks to broaden horizonsJanuary 22, 2020

AMMAN — The All Jordan Youth Commission (AJYC) held a three-day open conversation session from Saturday to Monday with the aim of empowering youth in several fields.

The session, held at the commission office in Amman, guided participants in “thoroughly understanding and introducing themselves to others in a unique way to stand out from the crowd”.

During the"...

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Travel agents hail King’s meeting with tourism representatives-January 22, 2020

AMMAN — The Jordan Society of Tourism and Travel Agents (JSTA) on Tuesday expressed its appreciation for His Majesty King Abdullah’s meeting with tourism sector representatives on Monday, which outlined a roadmap for joint public-private efforts to boost the sector.

JSTA President Muhammad Samih stated that during the meeting, the association stressed challenges facing the tourism sector due to the steadily increasing number of tourists,"...

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