Jordan, Italy sign a development framework agreement

Amman, The Jordanian and Italian governments on Sunday signed a framework agreement to define the criteria by which Italy will support Jordan in the implementation of its national development programs.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Planning on Sunday, the agreement will replace the technical cooperation agreement signed between the two governments on June 16, 1965.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Emad Fakhoury and Italian Ambassador in Amman Giovanni Brauzzi signed the agreement.

In a press statement after the signing ceremony, Fakhoury said the agreement aims primarily at enhancing joint development cooperation between the two countries, supporting Jordanian national strategies and plans, as well as raising efficiency of the Italian aid provided to the country in line with Italy’s commitments a EU member state.

According to the statement, the agreement launches a three-year assistance program that sets priorities, programs and sectoral projects.

On the occasion, Fakhoury thanked the Italian government for its continued support to Jordan’s economic and social development, as the Kingdom faces challenges as a result of regional volatilities in neighboring countries.

The minister stressed the importance of supporting the national development plans as well as the Jordanian response plan to tackle repercussions of the Syrian crisis.

The Italian ambassador, for his part, valued Jordan’s efforts to host refugees and role of His Majesty King Abdullah II to achieve peace and prosperity in the region.

He reiterated commitment of the Italian government to support Jordan’s economic efforts and to maintain aid to enable it overcome the challenges triggered by the Syrian refugee crisis and regional conflicts.

Source: Jordan News Agency