Published: 2020-04-06 13:21
Last Updated: 2020-04-06 14:15
The representative of the leather and garment industries sector at the Jordan Chamber of Industry, Eng. Ihab Al-Qadri, has confirmed today that the Ministerial Committee has given the green light to garment factories inside development zones to operate.
Qadri explained that only foreign labor will be allowed to work at these factories for the time being.
He said that foreign labor won't be allowed to leave the industrial zones, confirming that factories and workers' housing should be within the special zones.
There should also be a full commitment to implementing safety and health protection measures used to limit the spread of coronavirus, Qadri affirmed.
He noted that the National Committee for Epidemics, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, has put in place many instructions to allow these factories to operate, stressing that factories that violate the measures and instructions will be fined and may be shut down.
"The development areas are closed industrial clusters, where no crowds can be seen. Allowing foreign workers to work was because they don't leave these areas at all," according to Qadri.
He stressed that "no one will be allowed to enter the areas."
"Not allowing people to enter or leave the development areas increases the preventive control and occupational safety within those areas," he clarified.
He noted that "this crisis must be taken as an opportunity, instead of a challenge, especially since these factories export products abroad and specifically to the American market."