USAID/SABEQ in partnership with the Ministry of Environment discuss environmental economic initiatives

Jordan: Thursday, February 14 - 2008 @ 14:20

The Ministry aims to expand the horizons with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Sustainable Achievement of Business Expansion and Quality Program (SABEQ), by developing programs and environmental regulations that achieve continuous growth.

Eng Khalid Irani said during the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ceremony that was signed with USAID/SABEQ “We are committed to work together on finalizing the regulatory and the organizational frameworks of the environmental work plan. This shows a positive reflection on the current environmental status and economic growth in Jordan.”

Further to his comments, the Minister acknowledged the cooperation and support provided by USAID/SABEQ to the Ministry of Environment specifically with the environmental – economic initiatives to enhance the organizational performance as well as the inspection and licensing procedures to comply with international standards.

Eng Irani clarified that the USAID funded SABEQ Program is a five year broad economic development initiative implemented by BearingPoint, Inc. and a sizeable team of international and Jordanian partner firms, supporting improvements in the business environment and providing assistance to expand innovation and productivity in Jordanian businesses,

Jay Knott, USAID Mission Director said: “The partnership we see today is set to achieve a shared goal to solidify USAID’s commitment and support by improving the quality of Jordan’s environment and contributing to sustainable development through effective policies, legislation, strategies, monitoring and enforcement and by mainstreaming environmental concepts into all national development plans”

USAID/SABEQ Energy, Water & Environment (EWE) Sector Lead Mr. Mohammad Asfour provided an overview of the range of the environmental initiatives carried out by USAID/SABEQ in partnership with the Ministry of Environment.

These initiatives include the establishment of the Jordan Environment Fund which aims to support initiatives that accelerate the capacity of entities to comply with national environmental laws, and the Environmental Inspection and Licensing Projects which assist in the development of transparent and streamlined inspection and licensing regulations and systems. Other initiatives include The National Plastic Use Reduction Plan which aids in creating solutions for the recycling of plastic products.

Adding to his comment, Asfour said: “Building cost effective environmental systems that are easy to comply with are becoming more important. These systems will help Jordanian businesses become more competitive both regionally and internationally.” “We encourage Jordanian environmentalists to embrace economic growth as the key to further environmental improvements.” He then noted.

EWE is considered as one of USAID/SABEQ priority cross cutting elements to be developed with the purpose of encouraging and supporting innovation and ultimately generating employment for Jordanian.

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