Minister Sajjan announces $120 million sovereign loan offer and $25 million international assistance during trip to Jordan – Jordan
August 10, 2022 – Amman, Jordan – Global Affairs Canada
The Honorable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Pacific Economic Development Agency, today completed his first visit to Jordan as Minister of International Development. While there, he held discussions with partners on education, gender equality, human rights, the current refugee crisis, and Canada’s support for humanitarian and development activities across the country.
During his visit, Minister Sajjan met with His Royal Highness Hussein BIN ABDULLAH ll, Crown Prince of Jordan; Nasser Shraideh, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation; Wajih Owais, Minister of Education; and Ayman Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, on Canada’s continued support to Jordan. He thanked them for all their efforts to build an inclusive society that includes millions of refugees from across the region. They also spoke about Jordan’s efforts to improve access to quality education, including technical and vocational training, sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and inclusive governance.
While there, Minister Sajjan offered a concessional loan of up to $120 million for the Jordanian education sector to help strengthen quality public education for Jordanians and refugees. This loan offer builds on Canada’s longstanding support of inclusive education initiatives in Jordan for vulnerable groups, such as girls and refugees.
Minister Sajjan also announced $25 million in funding for development programs in the country to support innovative financing, improve women’s access to the labor market, ensure children and refugees the access to high quality education, improve solid waste management and provide sustainable and inclusive growth. among Jordanian small and medium enterprises.
He also met with representatives of the Queen Rania Teacher Academy to learn more about the Canadian-funded project called Scaling Up Teacher Professional Development. He also met with women civil society leaders to discuss key issues to advance women’s rights, equality and empowerment in the country, emphasizing that women’s rights are human rights.
Minister Sajjan visited a solar energy installation in the Deir Alla region of Jordan, a project funded by Canada through Cowater International. He met leaders whose communities have benefited from renewable energy.
He visited the Za’atari camp to learn more about the humanitarian needs of the Syrian refugees living there. While there, he met with residents of the camp and representatives of UN agencies working there, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme, UNICEF, UN Women and the United Nations Population Fund. In Amman, he also met Ghulam Isaczai, Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator in Jordan, and Dominik Bartsch, UNHCR Representative in Jordan.
He also visited the municipalities of Al-Qadisiyah and Moab, both supported by Canadian-funded projects of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. He met local women and leaders working on the projects who shared how through this program they have improved municipal services and their strong relationships with the communities they serve.
Minister Sajjan also participated in a roundtable focused on supporting young entrepreneurs and promoting innovation.
“Jordan continues to be a leader in inclusive support for the millions of refugees it hosts by providing access to education and healthcare. Working in partnership with Jordan and our partners, we focus on strengthening opportunities, equality and inclusion for refugees and Jordanians. We will continue to work together to build a better future for all.
– Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
Under the Middle East Strategy, Canada has committed over $649 million in funding for Jordan. This includes over $354 million in development assistance and over $80 million in security and stabilization assistance (including National Defense capacity building). It also includes more than $214 million in humanitarian assistance.
In 2022, Canada provided $12 million in humanitarian assistance to Jordan.
The loan offer announced today would come under the Sovereign Loans Program, which was announced in Budget 2018.
Providing sovereign loans to eligible countries improves their ability to make significant investments in poverty reduction and peace and security.
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