King emphasizes importance of National Water Carrier Project


Published: 2023-11-21 16:36

Last Updated: 2023-12-07 15:59

King emphasizes importance of National Water Carrier Project
King emphasizes importance of National Water Carrier Project

His Majesty King Abdullah II monitored the government's progress in implementing the Economic Modernization Vision on Tuesday in the presence of Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah.

During a meeting at the Al Husseiniya Palace attended by Prime Minister Dr. Bisher al-Khasawneh and other members of his cabinet, his majesty emphasized that making progress in the establishment of the Jordan Desalination Plant (The National Water Carrier Project) and carrying 250,000,000 cubic meters of water from Aqaba to Amman is a national priority.

The King's follow through on the project's progress comes five days after Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi announced that Jordan will not sign an agreement for the exchange of energy and water with the Israeli Occupation in response to the Israeli Occupation Forces' (IOF) aggression against the Gaza Strip.

His Majesty stressed that the results of the Economic Modernisation Vision should be reflected on citizens’ lives, whether in terms of improving infrastructure or the completion of projects.

His Majesty further called for continuing consultations with the private sector by the government to present -transparently- what has been achieved and what is expected to be accomplished next year, and to discuss how to overcome any obstacles.

His Majesty highlighted the importance of rapidly developing the capacities of ministries to ensure the implementation of the vision's plan and preparing monthly reports on the progress according to the specified timeline.

Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh affirmed that the government has completed the necessary steps to institutionalize the implementation of the Economic Modernisation Vision to serve as a roadmap for future governments.

He noted that despite the current challenges, the work in executing the vision's program is underway.

Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of State for Public Sector Modernisation, Nasser Shraideh, clarified that 26 priorities for this year have been completed, 53 are in progress, and work has been delayed on 17 priorities.

The government held several ministerial meetings to overcome obstacles hindering the implementation of delayed priorities. The work on eight of them will be completed by the end of this year; such as approving the National Transport Strategy (2023-2027); establishing a joint council for the water, energy, food security, and environment sectors; and accelerating the approval of several legislations.

By the end of this year, the government will have completed the implementation of 87 priorities out of 96, while the work on the remaining eight priorities will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2024.