U.S. signs water-assistance agreement with Jordan
Ambassador Jones also donates $183,000 'scan van'19 March, 15:26
The $165 million agreement will assist the Government of Jordan over the next five years with infrastructure development, water-sector reform, water management and conservation, and outreach programs at the household, institutional and industrial levels.
Ambassador Jones noted that the U.S. has invested more in Jordan's water sector than in any other sector via assistance programs. Since 2000, U.S. assistance in the water sector has reached nearly $700 million, he said.
Earlier, the ambassador visited the Port of Aqaba where he presented a $183,000 scan van to Jordan Customs Department (JCD) Director General Munther Assaf. The van will assist JCD's efforts to detect illegally trafficked items. The ambassador also inspected equipment that is part of the United States Container Security Initiative (CSI). Launched in January 2002, the CSI is aimed at securing maritime cargo shipments facilitating trade, and encouraging investment.
Meanwhile, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Chief Commissioner Kamel Mahadin thanked USAID and the U.S. Embassy in Amman for the aid and grants provided to the port city of Aqaba. The water and tourism sectors, he added, were the main sectors that benefited from the U.S. aid.
Later in the day, the Ambassador visited graduates of the U.S.-sponsored English Access Microscholarship Program. The program teaches English language skills to talented 14-to-18-year-olds from underserved communities. In cooperation with the government of Jordan, the program has awarded scholarships to nearly 3,500 Jordanian high-school students from underserved areas to help them improve their English language skills through classes and an annual summer camp.