Published: 2020-12-03 16:45
Last Updated: 2020-12-03 17:48
Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh and relevant ministers held a press conference Thursday to announce details of the government measures and programs aimed at expanding the umbrella of social protection for families and individuals in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Al-Fayez stressed that the tourism sector is one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic, with indications pointing to it being the last sector to recover. In response to this, a risk fund will be launched under the umbrella of the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Sector Promotion Authority worth JD 20 million.
Minister of Social Development Ayman Al-Mufleh said that the number of those benefiting from supplementary support programs will increase from 150,000 families to 185,000 families.
Additionally, a program will be launched called "Takaful 3" which will aim to support day laborers, said Mufleh.
Minister of State for Investment Affairs Maen Al-Qatamin announced that a program will be launched worth JD 200 million which will ensure sustainable employment opportunities for a period of six months. The program will cover 170,000 workers in the establishments affected by the pandemic.
Khasawneh said it is still too early for the government to assure civilians that Jordan is safe from the virus, noting that Jordan still remains in a critical health situation amid the coronavirus crisis.
He urged citizens to continue adhering to the precautionary health measures stipulated by the Ministry of Health.