(MENAFN - Jordan Times) AMMAN — Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury on Tuesday briefed Governor of Utah Gary Herbert with the national development and reform programmes in the Kingdom.
Fakhoury commended the US government's assistance that supports reform and development programmes, and mitigates financial burdens incurred by the Syrian crisis and the regional instability, which negatively affected the national economy, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
Herbert praised the Kingdom's "pivotal role" in the region and its comprehensive development and reform plans, which made Jordan a "model" in the region.
Both sides discussed Utah's prowess in achieving economic development, and the possibility of exchanging expertise in various sectors including health, education, supporting entrepreneur companies, ICT and renewable energy.
They also discussed establishing partnerships to contribute to reconstruction projects in the region.
The minister stressed that despite the exceptional challenges that Jordan faces, including the repercussions of hosting Syrian refugees, the government is still going ahead with its comprehensive reform plans to bring prosperity to citizens, boost the Kingdom's resilience and transform challenges into opportunities through maintaining economic and financial stability.
He also referred to implementing the 2018-2022 financial reform programme and economic growth stimulation, based on Jordan 2025 Document, which includes vital structural reforms, improving business environment and following up on the outcomes of the strategies of human resources development, creating jobs, improving infrastructure and addressing poverty, among others.
Fakhoury also went over the economic climate in the Kingdom and its future vision, including challenges related to increasing growth rates, public debt and poverty and employment rates.
In this regard, the minister said that Jordan has reached its limit in absorbing the repercussions of hosting Syrians, which requires more support from the international community to help the Kingdom continue its services to refugees and Jordanian host communities alike.