The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Jordan launched Local Economic Development (LED) plans today for nine municipalities in the governorates of Amman, Irbid and Zarqa. Held under the patronage of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the launch event brought together public and private sector representatives to explore means of collaboration and investment in the local communities.
In cooperation with the private sector, business associations, the Jordan Strategy Forum and the Jordan Investment Commission, USAID Jordan Local Enterprise Support Project (LENS) worked closely with the LED units in Zarqa, Hashmiyah, Azraq, Shou’la, Mazar Al Jadeeda, Muath Bin Jabal, Tabaqet Fahl, Naour and Amriyah municipalities to create a blueprint to boost local economic development. The comprehensive action plans focus on identifying investment opportunities in these localities and craft a long-term strategic vision for each municipality.
“I invite investors to come explore the potential for cooperation,” said Emad Momani, Mayor of Zarqa, “We need to create over 70,000 job opportunities every year, and the government alone cannot create these opportunities.”
“With these focused plans we can tell the business community that we have strong business opportunities for them to invest in,” said Khalid Tweisat, Mayor of Tabaqet Fahl, emphasizing the importance of looking outside Amman to harness business opportunities.
USAID Economic Development and Energy Office Director Russell Bauer said, “We are proud to have established a close working partnership with the Local Development Units in our nine partner municipalities, and look forward to witnessing the role of municipalities as drivers of economic development.”
USAID LENS is also working with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to develop a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Manual for all 100 municipalities in Jordan to guide them through the PPP process and facilitate investment opportunities.
The United States government, through USAID, has provided foreign assistance from the American people to Jordan for more than 60 years.