(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman, Nov. 14 (Petra) -- Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Imad Fakhoury, met with a UN delegation headed by the UN Deputy Secretary General, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Natalia Kanim, and the accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, Fakhoury briefed the delegation on challenges facing Jordan, due to the successive regional crises, which affected the Kingdom's economic growth rates, in addition to pressure on the infrastructure and services such as health, education and municipalities after hosting more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees.
The minister and the delegation discussed UNFPA Country Program in Jordan for 2018-2022 and its contribution to supporting the national development plans and achieving the sustainable development objectives, in accordance with the Jordan Document 2025 and the government's executive programmes.
With regard to population policies, Fakhoury noted the government's efforts in preparing scenarios of population projections and the demographic increase that Jordan is undergoing and means to transform these challenges into sustainable development opportunities, in addition to the updated document of population policies that will be adopted while implementing the government's executive development programme.
"Despite huge challenges that face Jordan, the country is continuing the implementation of its reform and development plans and preparing a plan for stimulating the economic growth during the five coming years", said Fakhoury.
The minister pointed out that Jordan is currently conducting the income and expenditure survey of Jordanian families in cooperation with the World Bank.
The survey, which will be accomplished in August, will provide accurate rates of poverty and new poverty pockets and will contribute to improving the requirements of implementing the strategy of combating poverty and the social protection, said the minister.
For her part, Kanim stressed UNFPA's commitment to supporting Jordan on various levels, namely achieving the 10th objective of the sustainable development, which is related to youth and reproductive health.
She commended the Jordanian development as a model, the reform path, Jordan's resilience and its approach in dealing with the refugees.
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