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Jordanian expertise with refugees to be presented as "model" at Brussels conference
Amman, March 2 (Petra) -- The Jordanian government has agreed with donors to present the Jordanian expertise with refugees as a "model for dealing with ramifications of the Syrian crisis" at a Brussels conference on Syria, slated to be held in the near future, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation said in a statement.

The agreement was reached during a meeting between Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury and representatives of donor countries to support the Jordan Response Plan (JRP) pertaining to the Syrian crisis, the ministry added.

Fakhoury briefed the meeting on the outcomes of last year’s London donor conference on Syria, preparations for an international conference in Brussels to follow up on London's meeting, the international community's commitments and the Kingdom's achievements, challenges and needs.

The minister voiced Jordan's appreciation for donor countries' economic and social support, while noting the Kingdom's resilience in light of the challenges caused by the Syrian refugees' crisis.

Fakhoury urged the international community to continue to provide support to the Kingdom's response plan.

Coordination and cooperation among representative of donor countries and organizations is important for ensuring the effectiveness of the aid, Fakhoury said. Further, he noted the importance of investing in the Jordanian national potentials and human resources, and directing support to the public budget to help implement developmental and capital projects.

The planning minister highlighted the significance of cooperation to come up with innovative solutions, create job opportunities and attract investments. He also underlined the importance of increasing national exports to maximize the benefits of the Jordanian-EU deal to simplify the rules of origin for Jordanian products, which would improve the economic growth and Jordanian citizens' living conditions. The challenges facing the Kingdom, he said, are a result of the current regional circumstances, which necessitate an international response to help Jordan honour its commitments. More aid to the Kingdom is needed to help it continue its reform programmes and overcome the current situation, Fakhoury said.

For their parts, participants in the meeting expressed appreciation for Jordan's efforts to press ahead with its reform agenda, despite the surrounding circumstances, stressing their countries' support to the priorities set by the Jordanian government.

The meeting was attended by the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Head of UNDP and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, and ambassadors of the EU, US, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, France, Australia, as well as ambassadors of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, and representative of UN organizations in Jordan.

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2/3/2017 - 08:23:13 PM

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