Social Assistance Project: Partial Withdrawal of Butane Gas Subsidy to Take Effect on Monday

The partial withdrawal of the butane gas subsidy will take effect starting tomorrow, Monday, May 20, 2024, as part of the government’s direct social assistance program. This initiative aims to more effectively select households eligible for social aid, according to the Directorate of Competition, Prices, and Compensation, under the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The government has bolstered the direct social assistance program with several social initiatives. These include the extension of medical coverage to 4.2 million families under the AMO Tadamon scheme and a housing assistance program benefiting 330,000 families over three years. Additionally, recent salary increases for public and private sector employees, announced during the April round of social dialogue, are expected to enhance the purchasing power of more than 4 million Moroccan families, the Directorate stated in a communiqué.

As a result of the subsidy withdrawal, the price of a 3 kg gas bottle will rise by 2.5 dirhams, while the price of a
12 kg gas bottle will increase by 10 dirhams.

The communiqué highlighted that this partial reform of the butane gas subsidy system aligns with the broader direct social assistance program, which has already benefited 3.6 million families as of last April. The reform emphasizes a more effective selection of eligible households through the unified social registry.

In this context, the comprehensive reform of the social protection system will proceed with the implementation of Framework Law 09.21 on social protection, published in the Official Bulletin on March 23, 2021. Article 8 of this law states that the direct social assistance program will be financed through the generalization and consolidation of various social programs, coupled with the gradual reform of the compensation system.

The government has earmarked 80 billion dirhams up to 2026 to fund all social programs and to implement the recommendations of the social dialogue, including salary increases for both public and private sector employees, the
communiqué added.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

JRF, JCI sign MoU on joint vocational trainings, job placement

Amman: The Jordan Chamber of Industry (JCI ) and the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the development and implementation of vocational trainings to help create job opportunities for local communities.

According to a JRF statement on Sunday, the agreement was signed by the JCI Director General, Ishaq Arabiat, and JRF’s Programs and Training Division Director, Mohammad Hourani.

The MoU includes cooperation in career networking for JRF’s beneficiaries, as well as developing curricula for essential training courses to facilitate their integration into the job market.

This collaboration is part of the JRF’s community empowerment interventions to prepare young individuals for employment opportunities.

Through various training programs and activities like career networking, vocational training and Work-based Learning (WBL), the JRF is building partnerships from both the private and public sectors, aligning with the local market’s needs and its key secto

Source: Jordan News Agency

Jordan, Iraq talk cooperation in agriculture fields

Baqa’a: Director General of the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Nizar Haddad, and Director of the Agricultural Research Department at the Scientific Research Commission of the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education, Hameed Odeh, discussed cooperation in agricultural fields related to plant and animal wealth, especially those related to textile palm cultivation, fish farming and protected agriculture

Haddad said that this visit comes within the framework of exchanging experiences and scientific ideas between the two countries in the agricultural fields, especially those related to facing climate change and increasing the efficiency of water use, pointing out that Iraq is one of the leading countries in the agricultural fields and has achieved self-sufficiency in a number of agricultural crops, especially wheat and barley.

For his part, Odeh lauded NARC’s efforts in developing scientific research and technology transfer through the geographical spread of research stations spread across the Jordanian
agricultural environments, in addition to NARC’s advanced role in employing innovation in the agricultural sector through the innovation and agricultural entrepreneurship incubator and laboratory services provided by the center to farmers and the agricultural sector.

Odeh also commended the role of the Agricultural Research and Consulting Association and the Iraqi General Construction Company Ghouta in coordinating and organizing cooperation.

For his part, Jordan Cooperative Corporation’s (JCC) Director Abdulfattah Shalabi, gave a briefing on the work of Jordanian agricultural cooperatives and their role in empowering agricultural communities and technology transfer, which took upon themselves to develop the agricultural sector, and the Agricultural Research and Consulting Association as an example of leading associations in the Kingdom.

Samir Salman, President of the Agricultural Research and Consultancy Association, explained that the association seeks to network with friendly and brotherly countries to
frame the research work and sit together to find solutions in the agricultural sector and empower those working in the field of scientific research.

For his part, the Executive Director of Ghouta General Contracting Company, Engineer Osama Thannoun, pointed to the importance of networking between the two countries in the field of transferring agricultural technologies, technology and exchange of experiences, expressing his readiness to provide a helping hand to all national institutions that are concerned with the transfer of modern technology.

The talks came on the sidelines of the training course in the field of protected agriculture technologies organized by the Cooperative Agricultural Research and Consulting Association and the Iraqi company Al-Ghouta General Construction Contracting Company to develop the skills of the staff of the Seed Technology Center within the allocations of the food security program of the local government of Nineveh Governorate.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Foreign Ministry follows up on Iranian President’s helicopter accident

Amman: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said it was following with great concern the news of the accident involving the helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and the President’s entourage.

The Ministry’s Spokesperson, Sufyan Qudah, stressed the Kingdom’s readiness to provide all forms of support and assistance, expressing its sympathy with the Islamic Republic of Iran and wishing the President and his entourage safety.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Gaza does not have any safe zones, UNRWA chief says

Amman: UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said that nearly half of the population of Rafah or 800,000 people, are on the road, having been forced to flee since the Israeli Forces started the military operation in the area on May 6.

“In response to evacuation orders demanding people to flee to so-called safe zones, people mainly went to the middle areas, and Khan Younis including to destroyed buildings,” Lazzarini added in a statement posted on his X account.??

He said, “Since the war in Gaza began, Palestinians have been forced to flee multiple times in search of safety that they have never found, including in UNRWA shelters.”

“When people move, they are exposed, without safe passage or protection. Every time, they are forced to leave behind the few belongings they have: mattresses, tents, cooking utensils, and basic supplies that they cannot carry or pay to transport.?Every time, they have to start from scratch all over again, the UNRWA chief noted. “The areas that people are fleeing to now do
not have safe water supplies or sanitation facilities.”

The UNRWA Commissioner-General said that the claim that people in Gaza can move to “safe” or “humanitarian” zones is false. “Gaza does not have any safe zones,” Lazzarini emphasized.

The situation is again being made far worse by the lack of aid and basic humanitarian supplies, Lazzarini warned, noting that the humanitarian community does not have any more supplies to give out, including food and other basic items.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Israel’s blocking of aid threatens lives of Gazans, UN official says

Amman: The United Nations humanitarian chief, Martin Griffiths, said on Sunday that the clampdown on aid reaching Gaza is having “horrific” consequences, warning of a famine in the besieged Strip.

Griffiths said in an interview with AFP: “If fuel runs out, if aid doesn’t get to the people who need it, that famine that we’ve talked about for so long and that’s looming on the horizon, it’s not looming anymore. It will be there.”

Griffiths said about 50 aid trucks a day could reach the most affected areas in northern Gaza through the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun Crossing), but fighting near the Rafah and Kerem Shalom (Karem Abu Salem) crossings in southern Gaza means that vital routes are “effectively closed.” He noted that aid arriving via land routes to the south and to Rafah and those displaced from it is almost non-existent.

Aid organizations contend that the Israeli invasion of Rafah, which began despite widespread international opposition and as mediators hoped for a breakthrough in stalled truce talks, h
as exacerbated an acute humanitarian crisis.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Helicopter carrying Iranian President crashes, reports says

Amman: A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made a “hard landing” in East Azerbaijan province, according to Iranian media reports on Sunday.

According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, “some reports indicated that the helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi had an accident in East Azerbaijan province.”

According to IRNA, 16 rescue teams have been sent to the area, but due to the lack of roads and unfavorable weather conditions, especially dense fog, the search and rescue operation is expected to take some time.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Safadi, Singaporean defense minister talk Gaza ceasefire efforts, cooperation

Amman: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, on Sunday discussed with Singaporean Defense Minister, NG Eng Hen, the latest developments in the war on Gaza and efforts made to reach a ceasefire to ensure civilians’ protection and delivery of “sufficient and sustainable” aid for the strip.

Safadi called on the international community to orchestrate efforts to stop the raging war on Gaza and the ongoing Israeli violations of the rules of international law and international humanitarian law.

Safadi also stressed the need to stop Israeli military operations in Rafah, to which Gazan people fled as a “safe” haven from Israeli attacks on Gaza.

For his part, the Singaporean minister said his visit comes to extend thanks and appreciation for Jordan’s assistance to Singapore in providing humanitarian aid to Gaza through the joint airdrops that were implemented in cooperation between Royal Jordanian Air Force and its Singaporean counterpart.

Hen also stressed continuatio
n of joint cooperation and coordination in this regard.

Valuing Jordan’s efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, he praised the Kingdom’s policies aimed at enhancing security, stability and peace in the region, which receive appreciation by the entire international community.

The meeting went over bilateral relations and the common interest in strengthening them, as a follow-up to the outcomes of the important visit made by His Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II to Singapore last January, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Source: Jordan News Agency