The Dutch government, on Sunday, approved a development assistance programme, for countries affected by the Syrian refugee crisis, which include Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, worth 400 million euros for the coming years 2019-2022.

The announcement came, during a meeting that brought together Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mary Kamel Kawar, and Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, at the ministry’s headquarters.

After the meeting, Kawar said, “The Dutch aid programme to Jordan will include several priority sectors for the Jordanian government. During the coming period, a ministerial meeting will be held, to discuss priorities with the concerned ministers, to achieve the desired results of the fresh cooperation programme.”

Kawar said, the Dutch side suggested the aid should focus on supporting economic development of agricultural, trade, education, vocational training and technical education sectors, especially in light of the Netherlands’s enormous technological expertise in these fields.

For her part, Kaag lauded Jordan’s stance in the hosting of Syrian refugees amid the difficult circumstances and the key role played by King Abdullah II, in achieving peace and prosperity in the region.

The Dutch official also stressed her country’s commitment to support Jordan, in a number of development sectors, especially in agricultural field, a bid to be achieved through the transfer of Dutch expertise, which can help ration water consumption and raise quality of agricultural crops.

Kaag voiced the Netherland’s commitment to support Jordan to optimally benefit from the relaxed rules of origin pact, penned with the EU.

Source: NAM News Network