Grant Aid to Jordan for Improvement of the Waste Processing Capacity
May 1, 2018
1. On May 1 in Amman, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Mr. Hidenao Yanagi, Ambassador of Japan to Jordan, and Hon. Imad Najib Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Jordan, signed and exchanged notes concerning grant aid worth up to 1.631 billion yen (equivalent to around 15 million US dollars) in the presence of Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and H.E. Dr. Hani Al-Mulki, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
2. This assistance aims to improve the waste processing capacity in the northern region of Jordan accepting Syrian refugees by supporting the upgrade of the equipment necessary for waste processing in transfer stations and final disposal sites.
3. In Jordan, the amount of waste is increasing along with the influx of Syrian refugees. The shortage and obsolescence of waste processing equipment lead to environmental and hygienic problems, such as illegal dumping, improper disposal of waste, an increase in burning in fields. Through this assistance, the amount of intermediate haulage is expected to increase from 374 (t/day) to 1,052 (t/day) and the amount of final disposal is expected to increase from 2,625 (t/day) to 3,977 (t/day). This assistance will contribute to the improvement of hygiene and living environment in Jordan and to stability in the region.
4. At the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in 2016, Japan announced an assistance package of about 6 billion US dollars towards the stability of the Middle East region (PDF). Moreover, on the occasion of the Japan-Jordan Summit Meeting held in September 2017, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced to His Majesty King Abdullah II that Japan would continue its support for the social and economic stability of Jordan. This assistance contributes to achieving those commitments.