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Ship fire drill at Aqaba

This Thursday morning, we observe an unusual activity in the port containers of AQABA. While the Cargo "SINAA" from Egypt is docked waiting for a new load, several firefighting machines of the Civil Defense arrive screaming sirens. Men urgently disembark vehicles and prepare for action by donning their heavy equipment and unloading truck hoses.

The maneuver proceeds quickly and efficiently. The fire brigade officers approach the boat and make contact with the commander and the security officer of "SINAA". An operational briefing is organized on the wharf and the strategy of the intervention is quickly defined at the sight of the vessel plans unfolded on the ground. Without further ado, the first firefighters equipped with breathing masks penetrate inside the boat and the water lances are put in action.

It is in fact an intervention exercise on ship fire for the benefit of the Civil Defense of AQABA. The exercise concludes two weeks of training bringing together Jordanian firefighters and French marine firefighters from the city of Marseille. Every year, Jordan and France meet at AQABA to share their know-how and experience. Over the course of the internships, the cooperation has become a real friendship between Jordanian firefighters and French firefighters united by the same dedication to the protection of populations and property.


Visit of the air quality monitoring station at King Hussein Park

The Ambassador of France in Jordan, Mr. David Bertolotti and Mr. Nayef Al Fayez, Minister of the Environment visited one of the twelve stations of the air quality monitoring system. This system, financed by a 1.5 million euro grant from AFD, was inaugurated in 2014.

It has since been supplemented by a mobile station which makes it possible to measure the presence of pollutants in the areas not covered by the fixed stations as well as to control certain industrial zones.

The visit continued at the Ministry of the Environment where the data analysis center is located. These are publicly available on a site of the Ministry of the Environment

www.moenv.gov.jo/EN/Pages/Air_reports.aspx

Mr Al Fayez emphasized the importance of this data in guiding environmental policy decisions and raising public awareness of these issues. In the future, they could also develop, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, a system of information and recommendations for citizens in the event of a pollution incident.

Measurements for the last four years show that Jordan is below standard alert levels, except for fine particulates (PM10) whose peaks may be related to natural events such as sandstorms from deserts of East and South.


Symposium on the judicial treatment of violence against women and children

The National School of Magistrates and the Judicial Institute of Jordan organized in collaboration with the Embassy a training seminar focusing on the judicial treatment of violence against women and children.

The symposium was held on April 10th and 11th, 2018 at Amman Intercontinental Hotel.

It was opened by HE Awad Abu Jard, Minister of Justice, HE David Bertolotti, Ambassador of France and Dr. Thaer Al Adwan, Director of the Judicial Institute of Jordan.

The event was attended by 36 Jordanian magistrates as well as 4 Palestinian magistrates.

those two days were led by two French experts specialists in domestic violence : Aude Duret, deputy prosecutor at the high court in Paris and Dr. Caroline Rey-Salmon, pathologist and head of the Unit Medical-judicial Hotel -Dieu à Paris.

The program focused on the evolution of judicial practices as regards fighting against domestic violence, the role of the various actors in the penal chain, the functioning of a forensic unit and the specific care of vulnerable victims.

This judicial training symposium contributed to the dialogue between the judges of the two countries and gave rise to intense exchanges between magistrates.

 

The participants considered and confronted their professional practices, aware of the issues involved and anxious to protect women and children who are too often victims of violence within the family.


France supports access to employment for vulnerable populations in Jordan

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in the presence of the Minister of Labor, H. Exc. Samir MURAD and the French Ambassador to Jordan, HE. Mr. David BERTOLOTTI, Director of Business Development Center (BDC), Mr. Nayef STETIEH, Director of Jordan Education for Employment (JEFE), Mrs. Ghadeer KHUFFASH, and Mr. Ibrahim SAFADI Director of Luminus Group signed with the Director of the French Development Agency in Amman, Luc Le Cabellec, three agreements to finance € 8m in projects in the field of vocational training and access to employment.

 

With these projects, Jordan is the first country to benefit from the new SAWA regional initiative implemented by the French Development Agency. This initiative aims to meet the needs of vulnerable populations in the Middle East. The projects selected should make it possible, on the one hand, to strengthen the employability of young Jordanians and refugee populations by improving vocational training schemes and adapting them to the needs of businesses; and secondly to provide support for employment for vulnerable populations by developing support and orientation schemes for paid employment, self-employment or the creation of a micro enterprise.

With these projects, Jordan is the first country to benefit from the new SAWA regional initiative implemented by the French Development Agency. This initiative aims to meet the needs of vulnerable populations in the Middle East. The projects selected should make it possible, on the one hand, to strengthen the employability of young Jordanians and refugee populations by improving vocational training schemes and adapting them to the needs of businesses; and secondly to provide support for employment for vulnerable populations by developing support and orientation schemes for paid employment, self-employment or the creation of a micro enterprise.

The three organizations, selected after a rigorous project call, will work closely with the relevant Jordanian institutions, including MOPIC, the Ministry of Labor, the state-owned Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) and private sector representatives (professional organizations, chambers trade and industry). LMNS will operate mainly in Amman and Irbid in the hotel sector, while BDC and JEFE will operate in the five northern governorates (Amman, Irbid, Mafraq, Ajloun and Jerash), respectively in the manufacturing and hotel sectors. .

Ultimately, this 36-month program will benefit 4600 Jordanians and Syrians, 50% of whom are women.

The ambassador, David BERTOLOTTI, recalled during the ceremony the engagement for more than two years of France in the sector of the professional training stressing that this new financing of 8 million euros of the French Agency of development would allow to boost France's action in this sector at the service of employment and youth in Jordan. He also indicated that these projects were part of the Jordanian authorities' national strategies for employment, economic growth and human resource development. The ambassador emphasized the quality of the selected organizations (BDC, JEFE and LMNS) who have recognized experience and maintain close relations with the private sector, which is an essential partner for the success of the projects.

Access to employment and vocational training is a new area of ​​commitment for the French Development Agency, which has been operating since 2006 in Jordan. For the record, AFD has mobilized over the last ten years more than 1.3 billion euros to support the resilience of the Kingdom through projects in multiple sectors such as water, energy, local development or transport.


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