Jordanian cabinet meets in Aqaba
Meeting held after directive from King Abdullah04 November, 15:19
At the meeting, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said the session - attended by official and community representatives of the governorate - was held to take decisions that can serve Aqaba residents and expedite the development process there.
He announced that the cabinet had decided to annex the Wadi Araba District to the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, while the issue of water in Wadi Araba will remain under the supervision of the Jordan Valley Authority.
Discussions focused on ways to serve the people of Aqaba and boost services to implement the King's directives during his recent visit to Aqaba.
Ensour said the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) was a success story that should be further built upon to achieve even more accomplishments and attract investments that would boost the national economy and the local community.
He made the remarks as he inspected several investment- and service-related projects currently being implemented in the southern city of Aqaba.
He was accompanied by a ministerial team, the president of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Kamel Mahadin and Aqaba Governor Fawaz Irsheidat.
The prime minister also checked on the ongoing expansion work at the Aqaba Container Terminal inaugurated by King Abdullah II last week and reviewed plans to develop the Aqaba Port by 2018. The port's handling capacity stands at 1.5 million containers annually.
Two agreements were also signed in the presence of the prime minister to establish two ports, one for liquefied natural gas and the other for liquefied petroleum gas, at a total cost of 64 million Jordanian dinar.
Ensour also laid the foundation stone of the 700-dunum Northern Trade Zone and was briefed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), Ghassan Ghanem, about the project that includes the laying down of service roads and providing electricity and water networks for investors at a total cost of JD12 million.
At the Marsa Zayed project, the prime minister praised the project, which reflected the strong ties between Jordan and the UAE.
The CEO of Jordan's Al Maabar, Emad Kilani, reviewed various stages of the $10 billion project, as well as the infrastructure work of Al Raha Village, which will be the first residential neighbourhood in Marsa Zayed.
The prime minister also visited Ayla and Saraya, two mega tourism development projects, and the Berenice beach club.
He also visited other tourism projects and factories in the city and checked on their future plans and the services they offer to the citizens.