PM announces measures to enhance customs reforms… 1st, final add

Khasawneh said the new customs measures are designed to create a system whereby there would be a centralised database of the Jordan Customs Department. This will make the customs system more efficient and spur investments.

The customs reforms will cut the time and cost of which products can be approved and admitted in, as a colour scheme that represents three tracks will be put in place.

The reforms will allow for the registration of products being shipped before arriving in the country, bringing down the amount of time for the registration of products from nine days to only three.

The premier said the customs reforms go in tandem with the application of the new electricity tariff that will be effective as of April 1, explaining that “more than 90 percent” of households will not be affected.

He added the new tariff is designed to slash the electricity bills on businesses that mainly work in agriculture, trade, industry, tourism and the health sector.

He said the government intends to launch a platform through which Jordanians could apply for assistance on their electricity bill, vowing full government commitment.

Also, he revealed that telecommunication companies are scheduled to start working on an infrastructure for the G5 technology, highlighting the technology will bring in more investments and have a positive impact on education, health, banking, agriculture, media, transport and entertainment.

Khasawneh talked about his government’s national employment plan, for which JD80 million had been allocated from the 2022 public budget. It is expected to create 60,000 job opportunities.

The government would pay the amount of JD150 every month for six months for workers who sign a year contract with the private sector.

The government has also allocated JD24 million for small- and medium-sized projects that are expected to create over 2,000 job opportunities.

On COVID-19, the government has worked on increasing the capacity by 300 percent by setting up four field hospitals in major cities. It hired 2,500 new medical doctors and staff and signed contracts to ship over around 17.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Source: Jordan News Agency