Gov’t approves MoU on Jordanian-Palestinian agricultural company

Amman, A cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Hani Mulki, on Monday approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Palestinian government to establish a Jordanian-Palestinian Company for marketing agricultural products.

In a press conference held Monday evening, Minister of State for Media Affairs, Mohammad Momani, said the proposed company aims to enhance export opportunities of Jordanian and Palestinian agricultural and horticultural products and increase their access to foreign markets.

He added that this company is part of efforts Jordan exerts to support the Palestinian economy, which faces several challenges.

Momani indicated that the MoU will be signed to establish the company on the sidelines of the first Jordanian agricultural forum to be held in the Dead Sea region in the next few days.

On the other hand, the Cabinet decided to approve an executive memorandum of understanding between Jordan and Australia in the civil aviation domain.

The memorandum aims to enhance cooperation between the two civil aviation authorities in the two countries, such as the distribution of regular flights between the two regions of the contracting parties and linking them to specific cities and regions.

The Cabinet also decided to approve a framework agreement for developmental cooperation between Jordan and the Italian government to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

The agreement sets out the criteria by which Italy will support Jordan in the implementation of development programs. The agreement focuses in particular on enhancing development cooperation and supporting Jordanian national strategies and plans in line with international principles and obligations arising from Italy’s membership in the EU.

Moreover, the Cabinet decided to approve the accession of the Ministry of Environment to the membership of the Intergovernmental Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

This IPBES is an independent governmental body accredited by the United Nations General Assembly and the technical arm of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which was ratified by the Kingdom in 1993. Its mission is to strengthen the knowledge bases of a better policy through science and conservation of biodiversity.

The accession of the ministry to the platform helps it keep pace with scientific advancements and honors commitments set forth in the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The ministry’s joining of the platform does not impose any financial burdens or obligations on the Kingdom.

On other local issues, Momani said there is a national debate on a new electoral law and there are political, parliamentary and partisan forces discussing amendments to the law, stressing that the general trends are monitored on this matter and the government is open and positive to discuss them.

On the income tax law draft, the minister said the bill is expected to be endorsed in the first half of next May, emphasizing that the amendment of the law is an important national interest in order to apply deterrent measures on tax evasion, which reaches in some sectors about 80 percent.

On the situation in Syria, Al-Momani said: “Our position on the Syrian crisis is clear and consistent from the beginning. We support the political solution, not the military one, and we were among the countries that advocate and support any measures that would stop the bloodshed and bring all parties to the dialogue and preserve Syria’s unity and sovereignty.” He added: “We in Jordan are in contact with all stakeholders in the Syrian crisis, in a way that guarantees security and stability for Syria.” The minister underlined that keeping the de-escalation zones in southern Syria are a Jordanian strategic interest “and we hope it will extend to all parts of Syria,” stressing that it is also in the interest of the Syrian people who have long suffered from the absence of security and stability.

Source: Jordan News Agency