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Connecting Jordan by rail
• The government will invite international firms next year to present their tenders to build a railway network between Jordan and its neighboring Arab countries. The $1 billion project will be ready for international proposition once the government ends its studies. The project was seen as “strategic option” by Jordan to enhance its trade with Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The government said the railway network, once approved, would take 20 years to accomplish. Jordan would bear the cost of the railway’s infrastructure, while private companies are expected to operate the routes. Iraq proposed last month a joint railway system with Jordan; Iraqi transport experts are expected here soon to discuss the project.


Housing for the low-income
• The General Corporation for Housing and Urban Development (GCHUD) will launch a housing project later this year worth JD 7 million. The project is to be conducted jointly with the Social Security Corporation and the Jordan Engineers Association, and is aimed at providing residential units for middle- and low-income groups. The project is to be constructed on an area of 535 dunums in the Al Zaytouneh area, south Amman. Bashir Jaghbir, GCHUD’s director general, said the project would be fully equipped with all services, including the medical, educational and entertainment fields.


SSP to rehabilitate refugee camps
• About JD 22 million were spent on the rehabilitation of infrastructure at 10 of the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. Omar Rafie, director of Social Security Package Program at the Ministry of Planning, said that an additional JD 14 million would be utilized soon to build two wastewater plants at Jerash and Sukhna refugee camps. The program received last month a loan of $30 million from the Italian government to finance the construction of the two plants along with a third one at the Talbiyah refugee camp. The government has already allotted JD 30 million to support the rehabilitation of the 13 Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan as part of the social package program, which was launched in 1998. Some of the program’s funds are set up to improve living conditions in the refugee camps.


Bid to assess Transformation Program
• Eight foreign companies submitted bids to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, to assess the government’s Social and Economic Transformation Program for the period 2002-2004. The deadline for tenders was September 30. Sources at the ministry said they expect to name the successful bidder by the end of this month. The assessment process aims at evaluating the program’s points of weakness and strength, and to judge its effects on the community.


Aqaba’s congestion deters commerce
• Local merchants and businessmen warn of a probable 30 percent hike on prices of foodstuffs, days before the start of the month of Ramadan, in view of the current congestion at Aqaba seaport. The projected hike is predicted due to the rise in cargo fees and other related businesses. The merchants expressed resentment over the slow action at the seaport, despite of the three cranes that were imported from Jeddah in August to ease the congestion at the containers terminal. Clearance companies threatened this week that they would go on strike if the congestion remains unresolved

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