AMMAN — Prime Minister Hani Mulki on Monday laid the cornerstone of Amman Chamber of Commerce's (ACC) exhibition and convention centre, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
The centre, located near the Queen Alia Airport Highway, will be built on an area of 65,000sq.m through various implementation phases worth a total of JD35 million.
Expected to be ready in two years, the centre will consist of exhibition halls spreading over 5,400sq.m, convention halls, a theatre with a capacity of 500 people, restaurants, parking lots, and a four-star hotel with 180 rooms, Petra reported.
Trade, Industry and Supply Minister Yarub Qudah commended the establishment of the centre, which will help Jordan and international industries to showcase their products, noting that it comes in line with efforts exerted to make Jordan "a main centre" for regional reconstruction.
Qudah praised the ACC's efforts which he said will not only benefit its members but also other national beneficiaries.
The project, which is the first of its kind in the Kingdom, will be a venue for holding domestic, regional and international expositions and conferences, ACC's Chairman Issa Murad said, highlighting that it will provide "hundreds" of job opportunities and attract large numbers of travelers and businesspeople to the Kingdom annually.
Murad thanked the public institutions for their support and investment incentives in accordance with the law, stressing that the centre will be a national project that serves various sectors.
"The centre will boost Jordan as a destination for conventions and exhibitions which will also support the tourism sector," he said, adding that it will also contribute to improving the competitiveness of Jordan's products by helping them find new international markets.
The French Development Agency (AFD) has signed today, 21st December, 2017, with the European Union a convention of 55.3 million euros for the implementation of a program to improve solid waste management in the North and Center of Jordan. The signing of this agreement is part of a EUR 100 million EU support to sector reforms, signed the same day with the Jordanian government.
The program will modernize the infrastructure (landfills, former landfill closures, etc.), thus improving the protection of the country's water resources, which are highly threatened by the pollutants from various active landfills and limiting the risks to the public health. It will also provide capacity-building technical assistance to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
This operation, which is the largest of the country outside the capital, is built in a concerted manner to ensure the most sustainable waste management in the regions that have experienced a significant increase in their population following the Syrian crisis.
The signing of the agreement between the French Development Agency and the Jordanian government will follow in January 2018.
The French Development Agency has been present in Jordan since 2006. The AFD's cooperation in Jordan now stands at over 1.2 billion euros, of which 25% for municipalities.
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