JICA currently financing $67-mln water projects in Jordan, says minister

Amman, Minister of Water and Irrigation Ra’ed Abu al-Soud on Tuesday said the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is currently financing water network projects at a total value of $67 million in various governorates of the Kingdom.

Welcoming the director of JICA’s Jordan Office and other officials, the minister said the water sector in Jordan is operating at full swing to ensure consistent supply and address existing imbalances with the help of a number of partners, namely JICA.

The minister highlighted a number of JICA-funded projects designed to upgrade the water network efficiency, particularly in the northern regions of the Kingdom where the Japanese agency has extended a $25-millio grant to improve the water network in Irbid’s Sareeh and Hawarah districts.

Abu al-Soud thanked the Japanese government and JICA for extending assistance, grants and loans over the past few years to finance priority water and sanitation projects. He stressed that the support received by the water sector will clearly contribute to a qualitative shift in water and sanitation services.

The director of JICA’s Jordan Office said the Japanese agency is committed to providing all forms of support to the water sector in Jordan, especially through the investment arm of the agency. She revealed that the agency plans to provide additional support for a solar power project in Al-Dhulil region under a $25-million soft loan.

Source: Jordan News Agency