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Germany’s KfW Development Bank to finance Water Resources Management Program in Jordan

Jordan Daily -The government on Wednesday signed an agreement to finance Part VI of the Water Resources Management Program (48 million euros loans) from Germany’s KfW Development Bank, aimed at improving wastewater treatment and environmentally friendly sludge disposal.

Planning and International Cooperation Minister Nasser Shraideh, Minister of Water and Irrigation, Muhammad Najjar and Senior Portfolio Manager for KfW Water Program, Ennis Martin, signed the agreement.

“The implementation of these water and sanitation projects in Amman, Irbid, Ramtha, Jerash and Ajloun, especially Syrian refugees host communities, will serve about 80,000 people,” Najjar said at the signing event.

He added that water sector stakeholders seek to enhance and improve water and environmental situations, in cooperation with donors and funding entities, which will lea to the development of services provided to citizens.

Najjar highlighted projects under implementation in the water sector, as well as plans and programs funded by Germany and the European Union (EU), and projects to be implemented through these four packages with the aim of enhancing the efficiency of water networks, reducing losses and improving the capacity of water resources.

For her part, Martin said that the EU (including Germany) fully supports the reform of the water sector and infrastructure in Jordan with a focus on water efficiency, reducing waste, and providing fresh water, which constitute a key issues in Jordan.

The value of the EU’s continuous bilateral support to the water and sanitation sector in the form of grants and soft loans provided to the water sector, including the (Syrian Refugee Crisis Response Framework) amounted to more than 150 million euros, increasing the investment to more than 500 million euros.

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