AMMAN —AlGhad— Middle East Minister Alistair Burt met with Prime Minister Dr Omar Razzaz and members of the new government today, Monday, and reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to supporting Jordan in creating jobs and boosting economic growth, ahead of the London investor conference.
In his 2-day visit to Jordan Minister Burt saw first-hand the impact of UK aid on jobs for Jordanians and Syrian refugees.
He met with Jordanians and Syrian refugees who found jobs through the UK aid-backed programme, and visited the communities benefiting from the water supplied via the Kufranja dam, in Aljoun, another UK-aid project.
Mr Burt also met with Palestinian refugees in Marka, Amman, receiving assistance via the UK aid programme.
The UK’s International Development Secretary has confirmed that Jordan will receive GBP110 million for 2018/19 and announced that the UK will provide up to double the amount of funding for economic resilience.
Mr Burt, who is a joint Minister at the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), said that the UK will continue to work with the new government to build the UK-Jordan Partnership and will hold an investor conference in London later this year to build international support for Jordan.
UK aid support for Jordan this year includes providing loans to encourage over GBP150 million of investment from other international donors, launching apprenticeships and vocational skills training to help 10,000 Jordanians over the next three years, and giving live-saving support to 60,000 of the most vulnerable refugees and Jordanians.
Speaking at the dam in Ajloun, Mr Burt said: “I offer my warmest congratulations to PM Razzaz and I look forward to working with his new government to continue building the UK-Jordan partnership.”
“The UK is a partner Jordan can rely on and we are committed to making sure the country remains a beacon of hope and stability in the Middle-East. Our support is helping create jobs, provide a quality education and skills training, and ensure that most vulnerable have the support they need.
“We are also hosting an international investor conference in London to build international support for Jordan so that the private sector can continue to be an engine for growth, giving all Jordanians the opportunities they deserve.”
This is part of the UK’s long-term partnership with Jordan, which was discussed by the UK Prime Minister and King Abdullah in November.
The partnership will see the UK significantly increase funding and diplomatic support for Jordan on multiple tiers.