Aug 14, 2006

U.S. To Assist Jordan With Water, Health and Education

The United States and Jordan signed four grant agreements totaling $247.5 million in economic assistance funds. Under the agreements, the U.S. will support Jordan’s programs concerning water, health education, governance and economic opportunities.

On behalf of Jordan, the agreement was signed by Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Suhair Al-Ali. American Ambassador David Hale and Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Anne Aarnes signed for the U.S.

According to a Jordan News Agency, under the second agreement, the U.S. will provide $45.095 million to support Jordan’s initiatives to increase the water supply, improve management of water resources and increase residential access to better sanitation. Construction projects include the Northern Governorates’ fresh water carrier, a wastewater treatment plant in Tafilah and wastewater treatment plants in smaller communities.

The Jordan News Agency also reported that the grant will assist in promoting water demand management in small villages, improve management of municipal water supplies and promote the use of treated wastewater for both industrial and agricultural purposes.

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