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Washington's overall assistance in 2012 rises to $474 million
The Jordan Times
by Omar Obeidat
Oct. 2/ 2012
– Jordan and the US on Monday signed five grant agreements worth $356.9 million
(JD252.6 million), upping Washington’s overall assistance for this year to $474
million (JD335 million).
presented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
under the regular assistance for 2012, will support various sectors, including
the budget, education, economic growth and development, health and good
governance in addition to water and environment.
Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan said $184 million, or 51 per
cent of the assistance, will go to support the budget by funding priority
development schemes included in the government’s spending bill, which he said
will help narrow the deficit.
deficit forecast for this year is around JD1.2 billion (around $1.7 billion).
that the funds would be transferred to the Treasury before the end of this
were signed by Hassan and US Ambassador to Jordan Stuart Jones along with Beth
Paige, USAID mission director in Jordan.
deals, $70.2 million will be allocated to support the sectors of education and
health by spending around $47 million on building and renovating public schools,
and $19.8 million on improving health services.
In the field of
governance, $27.9 million will be allocated to implement several ongoing
programmes in the fields of justice, good governance and civil society.
assistance deals, the US will provide over $47 million to finance a number of
development projects to generate jobs and boost trade and investment as well as
tourism and enhance the performance of the private sector.
The two sides
also signed a grant agreement worth $26.9 million to complete priority projects
in the fields of environment and water.
Jones said the
$356 million assistance reflects the strong commitment of the US towards Jordan,
saying the aid will help address the Kingdom’s ongoing development challenges
such as job creation, limited water and energy resources and access to quality
month, Jordan and the US signed an agreement for an additional grant worth $100
million to help the Kingdom address its fiscal difficulties and continue its
humanitarian services to Syrian refugees, while on September 20, the US granted
Jordan 50,000 tonnes of wheat valued at $17 million.