FM: Jordanian engineers injured during attack in Kazakhstan are in good condition

Amman, Jordanian engineers, working with the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) in Nurstlan (Astana), Republic of Kazakhstan are in good conditions and still receiving medical treatment from the Kazakh authorities, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.

Jordan’s ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Yousuf Abdul Ghani, has arrived Sunday to the Kazakh Atyrau Region, to follow up on the attacked Jordanian engineers, the ministry added.

The ambassador visited the Jordanian engineers, checked on their conditions, and announced they are in good conditions and still receiving medical care .

A group of Jordanian engineers working the CCC in Kazakhstan sustained minor injuries on late Saturday after they, along with other Arab nationals, were attacked by local employees working on the company’s camp in Tengiz city, about 2200 km away from the capital, Nurstlan,” due to a “personal dispute” between an Arab engineer and a local Kazakh, the ministry announced on Saturday.

Source: Jordan News Agency

6 injured in three-vehicle collision in Amman

Amman, Six people were wounded, early Sunday, in a three-vehicle collision in Ein Gazal district in Amman, the Civil Defense Department (CDD) media office said in a statement.

The CDD rescue teams rushed to the scene, administered first aid to the injured and evacuated them to the Prince Hamza Public Hospital, where they were listed in moderate conditions, it added.

Source: Jordan News Agency

ASE opens trading on lower notec

Amman, The Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) Sunday opened trading with a drop to 1,874 points compared to 1,876 points of last session closure.

During the first 15 minutes of today’s trading, the market index fluctuated between 1,874 points and 1,889 points with a trading volume of JD2.7 million, the ASE sources said.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Chartered direct flights will be available from Korea to Jordan: ambassador

Amman, Chartered direct flights will be available from Korea to Jordan next October, Korean Ambassador to Jordan Lee Jae-wan said, stressing the importance of this move in enhancing cooperation in tourism the field.

In an interview Jordan News Agency (Petra) at the Korean Embassy late Saturday, the envoy pointed out that the number of Korean tourists who come to Jordan has been increasing where around 30,000 Korean tourists visited Jordan last year,adding that “Jordan has many tourist attractions and historical locations in addition to the security and stability it enjoys.

“In general, around 30 million Korean nationals travel annually for tourism,” he explained.

Describing Jordan as one of the strongest countries with whom South Korea has a partnership, the ambassador said relations between the two countries have been witnessing steady growth and development since the start of diplomatic relations in 1962 in all fields.

The two countries also enjoy great coordination and consultations as well as common points of view regarding most international issues, he said.

With regards to Korean investments in Jordan, he said that Korea sees Jordan as a gateway to the Levant , noting that Korean companies have been actively involved in investment in Jordan, mainly the Korean company KEPCO in the areas of Manakher and Qatraneh in addition to the LG and Samsung as well as there are offices for around 15 Korean businessmen in Jordan.

The ambassador expected that commercial exchange between the two countries is increasing, where the volume of exchange reached $ 580 million last year and there is a chance for increase especially after the opening of borders between Jordan and Iraq.

He also stressed Korea’s commitment to support Jordan in respect of development cooperation, and mentioned that Korea has presented support in the total of $417 million since 1990 in education, health, governance, water domains.

He also emphasized Korea’s appreciation and support to the humanitarian efforts of Jordan in hosting Syrian refugees.

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is constructing three new schools in Zarqa, Irbid and Mafraq to provide educational opportunities to Syrian and the local community, the envoy highlighted.

KOICA has, since 1991, provided $166 million as grant aid to Jordan to assist in fulfilling needs in several vital sectors through different types of programs, he said, adding one of the most prominent projects implemented by KOICA was the e-procurement project and the special school for the hearing-impaired students.

The diplomat also touched upon the Korean experience in development saying that Korea is the first and only country in the world to transform from an assistance-receiving country to a donor country. This was achieved through investment in human capital and setting up ambitious strategies.

The Korean ambassador called for utilizing human resources in Jordan to benefit from the Korean experience, expressing his admiration of Jordan’s investment in human capital hoping that Jordan will enhance its economic development.

He also said that the GDP of Korea increased from $ 40.9 million in 1953 to $1.6 trillion in 2018, adding Korea has become in 2010 the 24th member of the world’s donors club.

Source: Jordan News Agency

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announces ‘World Government Summit- Expo 2020’.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai has directed to launch the next edition of the World Government Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai on November 22nd-25th, 2020.

The ‘World Government Summit- Expo 2020’ will be the biggest gathering yet since its inception with an expected attendance of over 10,000 high-profile officials, 30 international organisations and 600 experts and scholars.

The four-day summit, expected to draw over 100,000 participants through its diverse futuristic programmes and pavilions, aims to cement the event’s status as a global platform dedicated to shaping the future of governments worldwide.

“Dubai will witness a different milestone in 2020 as a major station in the agenda of over 190 countries,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said. “We will host an exceptional expo and summit, and invite the world to discuss the future.”

“World Government Summit will represent the intellectual hub of Expo 2020 Dubai,” he noted. “Our aim is to organise a full-scale global event.”

He added, “Combining the World Government Summit and Expo 2020 Dubai establishes a pioneering edition of the World Expos that will connect the past, present, and future of nations.”

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid concluded, “2020 will be the year of unifying efforts towards cementing the UAE’s new global status.”

International cooperation H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Higher Committee, said, “Thanks to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai has become an attractive global destination for governments, companies and innovators with exceptional ideas.”

He said, “The World Government Summit brings new value to Expo 2020 Dubai’s objectives in fostering international cooperation and providing knowledge exchange platforms. Similarly, Expo 2020 Dubai reflects the Summit’s vision to boost governments’ efforts in finding innovative solutions for future challenges to shape a better future for people across the globe.”

He noted that holding the summit at Expo 2020 Dubai site will provide an integrated platform that brings together world leaders, governments and entrepreneurs from all over the world to explore future opportunities and trends. “Both megaevents held in one place will present an ideal platform to exchange ideas and best practices across different sectors, developing strategies that shape a future of knowledge and sustainable development.”

Impactful partnerships Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, said, “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s directives aim to join efforts and ideas of over 190 countries to draw a global roadmap for the future at the summit, contributing to the success of the region’s major international event- Expo 2020 Dubai.”

He said combining both events consolidates the UAE’s position as a melting pot of talents, hopes and aspirations that contributes to advancing the collective performance of world governments.

Al Gergawi noted that “massive participation” is expected at the World Government Summit� Expo 2020, stressing that next year’s focus will be on creating platforms that will change the future roadmap of government work.

“The World Government Summit� Expo 2020 will present new platforms and exceptional ideas to foster forward-looking government culture on a global scale. It will also offer the world’s biggest centre for government practices and specialized research in future government work,” he said.

Meanwhile, Reembint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, said, “Expo 2020 Dubai cements Dubai’s fundamental role in shaping the future through advancing international cooperation in supporting the development and creating sustainable solutions for future challenges.”

She added, “Dubai represents a global hub for connecting minds and exchanging ideas and knowledge, eventually becoming a major destination for megaevents.”

Exceptional platform Holding the World Government Summit, which brings together thousands of high-level officials, world leaders and experts across the world, at Expo 2020 Dubai will provide an unprecedented platform to explore future challenges and opportunities and share expertise to implement best government practices worldwide.

The summit’s exceptional edition seeks to empower governments and boost performance to provide impactful services that improve the quality of life for citizens worldwide.

Taking part of Expo 2020 Dubai, set under the slogan “connecting minds, creating the future,” the summit also aims to provide a platform to share the UAE’s success story as an incubator of tolerance, diversity and coexistence among its residents coming from 190 nationalities.

The summit will highlight the successful government model of the UAE and share different experiences of world governments to innovate an efficient global government model and strengthen international cooperation to face rising economic challenges of a rapidly changing world.

The summit also foresees the role of future technology advancements in shaping the future of governments and explores solutions to face universal challenges posed by disruptive technologies.

Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to host millions of visitors from over 190 participating countries.

In its seventh edition, the World Government Summit received over 4,000 global figures, government officials and specialists from 140 countries, in addition to leaders of over 30 international organisations.

The 2019 summit also hosted over 600 world-renowned experts who took part in over 200 sessions that sparked dialogues on issues facing future government.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

World Bank issues communique…2nd add

The Government of Iraq is committed to further advancing the digital economy and aims to ensure affordable access to high speed internet, by doubling access to broadband to 54% in 2021 and 90% by 2030, achieving 100% broadband network coverage, establishing a conducive regulatory and policy framework for digital payments, developing interoperable digital payments infrastructure, and striving towards 100% financial access.

It is also committed to delivering digital government services and ensuring highest standards of cyber security and data privacy to boost consumer trust.

Iraq is also keen to ensure that education and training programs meet current and future job market skills needs.

Jordan is committed to advancing the digital economy as strategic growth sector for the Kingdom. On digital infrastructure, it commits to further developing access to internet broadband to reach 100% penetration rate by 2021.

As part of that, the Jordanian government is opening the National Broadband Network (7,000 kilometers of fiber) for Public Private Partnership, allowing affordable fiber broadband to 1.3 million households across the Kingdom.

On digital payments, it commits to increasing country-level cashless payments from 33 to 50% by 2020 and to digitizing 80% of government to citizens payments by 2021.

On developing digital skills, Jordan will launch a national skills development initiative to train 35,000 people on the 21st century skills and mainstreaming digital skills in public schools to train 300 thousand students by 2022.

To enable a friendly business environment for entrepreneurs, the Jordanian government is committed to launching a regulatory reform process in 2019, following a participatory approach with ecosystem representatives.

To complete automation of Government services, Jordan commits to automate key services by 2021.

Building on the recent transformations of the Ministry of ICT to Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, the Kingdom will launch its digital transformation action plan in partnership with the ecosystem by end of 2019.

Source: Jordan News Agency