Jordan receives 79 million grant
Jordan-USA, Economics, 6/10/1998
"Jordan has got a $79.2 million gift," Minister of Planning Reema Khalaf said.
Following her signing of three grant agreements with the US, she told reporters that this sum was a part of a $225 million in aid that the US gives Jordan, "Jordan will get economic support of $150 million and $75 million military aid from the US," she said.
"Jordan has recently received $10 million to support water projects," she stated, adding that the total aid to Jordan has reached $90 million. "I expect that the US will provide Jordan with an additional sum of $60 million in the next two months," she said.
"These grant are given within the help that the US provides Jordan with," Wesley Egan, the US ambassador to Jordan said. "The area suffers from water difficulties, particularly Jordan," he added, clarifying that most of the US aid to Jordan is aimed at erecting water projects.
The first agreement included providing Jordan with $60 million to support water projects which are basically supported by the US. Through signing the additional supply agreement, the total sharing by the US has reached $164.5 million. The project aims at developing of water resources in Jordan.
The second grant included providing Jordan with $13.5 million to support the anti-poverty and unemployment project through creating more economic opportunities for Jordanians. The total amount provided for this project will reach $71.37 million. This project aims at increasing economic chances for smaller investors, poor people and those in remote areas.
The third agreement included increasing of the US government's participation in providing strategic projects that deal with residential and family health. According to this agreement, the US is to provide an additional grant of $5.7 million. Signing this agreement, the total amount of the US share in this project reached $20.1 million. This project aims at increasing health support for Jordanian families.
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