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Celebration of 60 Years of German-Jordanian Development Cooperation in the Water Sector

Celebration of 60 Years of German-Jordanian Development Cooperation in the Water Sector - Ribbon Cutting

Celebration of 60 Years of German-Jordanian Development Cooperation in the Water Sector - Ribbon Cutting, © GIZ/ Mohammed Halawh

23.04.2019 - Artikel

Amman, 16/04/19. The Minister of Water and Irrigation, H.E. Raed Abu Saud, and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Jordan, H.E. Birgitta Siefker-Eberle, jointly celebrated today the 60th anniversary of development cooperation between Jordan and Germany in the Water Sector. In the presence of a number of ministers, deputies and representatives from the diplomatic community and the water sector in Jordan, an event was being held in the Sport City Hall in Amman. The Jordanian and German sides stressed the deep ties between both countries and the consensus on international issues including the challenges and developments in the water sector. The two sides also stressed the importance of partnership and cooperation in implementing water projects in the past and for the future. They highlighted the understanding by the German side of the reality of the challenges in the water sector in Jordan and  the additional pressure on the scarce water resources in relation to the influx of refugees.

Celebration of 60 Years of German-Jordanian Development Cooperation in the Water Sector
Celebration of 60 Years of German-Jordanian Development Cooperation in the Water Sector© GIZ/ Mohammed Halawh
The Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation stressed the importance of the German cooperation especially in facing the water challenges in Jordan and enabling Jordan to provide various water services, in addition to raising the level of performance and improve the water situation. The Minister thanked the German government, people, the ambassador and the crews of the German bodies for their understanding of Jordan's water situation and their support for the success of Jordan's programs and plans.

The German Ambassador stressed that German-Jordanian cooperation started already in 1959. Ever since, both countries have worked intensively together to promote sustainable development in Jordan – and have achieved significant results in the area of water/wastewater, education, employment promotion, environmental protection and solid waste management. Ambassador Siefker-Eberle highlighted the example of Jordan’s Northern governorates where 800.000 people benefit from improved access to drinking water after the implementation of a water supply project funded by the German government.

Celebration of 60 Years of German-Jordanian Development Cooperation in the Water Sector
Celebration of 60 Years of German-Jordanian Development Cooperation in the Water Sector© GIZ/ Mohammed Halawh

The celebration included an exhibition showing the different areas in which Germany is implementing water projects in Jordan, for example sanitation or raising awareness on how to save water. In addition, beneficiaries from German-Jordanian projects shared their experiences. The projects are being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), KfW Development Bank and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR).

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