JORDAN TIMES: Humanitarian aid with ‘strings attached’ :

US to provide $31 million to refurbish over 60 schools

Petra | Jan 31, 2013

AMMAN — The US on Thursday commended the Ministry of Public Works and Housing’s “transparent procurement and tendering procedures”.

Speaking at a press conference, US Ambassador to Jordan Stuart E. Jones said the ministry had accountability and transparency requirements that sometimes exceeded US expectations and conditions.

Jones was speaking to reporters after signing an agreement for a multimillion dollar US support programme to construct and rehabilitate more than 60 schools across the Kingdom.

The agreement includes building one new school and rehabilitating another 61 at a cost of around $31 million (around JD22 million).

This is the final phase of the $199 million Jordan School Construction and Rehabilitation Project, which began in 2006.

Under the project, USAID has built 27 new schools and remodelled another 32.

and:
by Khaled Neimat | Jan 31, 2013 | 21:40

Jordan, US discuss military cooperation

AMMAN — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Mashal Al Zaben on Thursday met with US Central Command Vice Chief Admiral Robert Howard and his accompanying delegation.

In the meeting, which was attended by HRH Prince Feisal, the two sides discussed methods to boost military cooperation.

Categories: Arab World, Asia, Jordan

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