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US to grant Jordan $275m for water projects

Aid will constitute 20% of water sector expenditure over next 3 years

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US aid will help upgrade Jordan's water infrastructure.
US aid will help upgrade Jordan's water infrastructure.

 The US will give Jordan US$275 million in aid to finance major water projects in the Kingdom, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said during her short visit to Amman.

“We have worked very hard for many years on this grant and it was in partnership with the Jordanian government and in consultation with experts and academics,” Clinton said during a joint press conference with Jordan's minister of foreign affairs Nasser Judah and minister of planning and international co-operation Jaafar Hassan.

The aid, granted by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), is to be used to implement several water projects in the Governorate of Zarqa, in the north eastern part of Amman.

Clinton added that the projects would provide more than one million people with reliable access to clean drinking water.

They would also create a large number of jobs for Jordanians, she said.

Hassan said the US grant would contribute to around one-fifth of the capital expenditure to be allocated to the water sector in the next three years, adding that the projects would reduce water loss in Zarqa from the current 47 per cent to 35 per cent. The money would also increase the quantity of treated water by 50 per cent and raise water pumping by 50 percent.

Created by the US Congress in January 2004, the Millennium Challenge Corporation is a non-profit government organisation which works with some of the poorest countries in the world to reduce poverty by promoting sustainable economic growth.

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