|For The Record...
|King’s grief over Pope’s death
His Majesty King Abdallah expressed deep grief and sorrow over the passing away of Pope John Paul II, who contributed to tolerance, dialogue and human rights as well as strengthening ties among the three monotheistic religions in the world.
The King sent a cable of condolences to the Vatican on Jordan’s behalf. ‘Rebuild Iraq 2005’ Deputizing for former Premier Faisal El Fayez, ex-Minister of Industry and Trade Dr Ahmad Hindawi opened on Monday the “Rebuild Iraq 2005” Expo, with the participation of 980 local, Arab and foreign enterprises from 44 countries.
Australia at “Rebuild Iraq 2005”
To celebrate Australia’s presence at “Rebuild Iraq 2005” expo, John Tilemann the Australian Ambassador to Jordan and John Finnin Regional Director Europe Middle East and Africa Australian Trade Commission, held a reception on Wednesday, at four Seasons Hotel; diplomats, businessmen and journalists attended the event. “Pakistan Day”
On the occasion of “Rebuild Iraq 2005” expo in Amman and in the presence of Pakistani Minister of State Tariq Ikram, the Embassy of Pakistan held a “Pakistan Day” on Wednesday, at Pakistan Pavilion Hall in the fair, attended by diplomats, businessmen and journalists. Tourism ‘Retreat’ highlights private sector role
Chaired by Mr Nadim Muasher, chairman of the National Tourism Strategy Steering Committee and held under the Patronage of Minister of Tourism & Antiquities Dr. Alia Bouran, the National Tourism Strategy Dead Sea Retreat addressed critical development aspects in Human Resources, Marketing, Product Development and Legislation.
Around 100 representatives from the public and private sectors including hotel and restaurant owners, tour operators, transportation companies and development NGOs met to discuss practical ways of strategy implementation for 2005.
Addressing private sector attendees, Bouran said, “The government is a catalyst of change and development—ours is an “enabling” and “facilitating” role within the Strategy.” Key issues discussed at the Retreat included the development of religious tourism, marketing Jordanian handicrafts, skills training, and bringing private sector expertise into the management of public sites and assets including cultural and religious attractions.
“The success of the National Tourism Strategy highly depends on private sector leadership and public-private sector commitment,” said Muasher,
JOFREX promotes French businesses in region
Under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdallah, JOFREX (Jordan-French Expo), will be launched at the Zara Expo in Amman on May 11. The four-day event is expected to be an immensely vital business-building initiative for the Middle East.
With its strategic location as the gateway to the region and an oasis of stability and moderation, numerous Jordanian and Middle Eastern enterprises, alongside the Jordanian and French governments, have expressed their support for this unique and promising business building initiative.
JOFREX’s mission was summarized by Dr Abdallah Ensour, president of the Franco-Jordanian Business Club, saying, “JOFREX offers a unique and powerful shop window in the heart of Amman. It will play its part in expanding Jordanian and Middle Eastern economies”.
Leading French companies from the manufacturing, technology, industrial, institutional and customer services will be among the exhibitors. Local participants include Jordan Telecom, Jordan Cement, Bartercard, Aramex and other leading Jordanian business institutions.
Countries attending the event include Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Workshops will be held during the course of JOFREX, addressing strategic subjects, among which Iraq will dominate the major attention with the theme “New conditions to access business in Iraq”. Jordan celebrates WHD
Under the patronage of HRH Princess Muna, Jordan celebrated World Health Day on Tuesday calling for further measures to prioritize mother and child healthcare in the region with the theme of “Every mother and every child counts”.
According to a WHO statement, every year more than half a million women die from pregnancy-related causes while 10.6 million children lose their lives, 40 pre cent of whom die within their first month of life. Arab gas pipeline: Second stages on
The second stage of the Arab gas pipeline project between Jordan and Egypt will be carried out according to the BOT system for a period of 30 years with possible extension for another 10 years according to Al Fajer Company, a Jordanian-Egyptian company that was established to carry out the second stage of the project. During a meeting with Egyptian Oil Minister Sameh Fahmi, Chairman of the company, Mohammad Ghamrawi said Saturday the second stage will be completed by the end of this year after work on this stage is reduced from 33 months to 18 months. Cancer awareness goes FM
The King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) and Seagulls Media Services Company on Sunday signed an agreement to launch a 10-month cancer awareness campaign on Mood FM and Beat FM. The campaign seeks to encourage early cancer diagnosis, introduce the KHCF healthcare program, and call on society members to donate to support the foundation’s programs. KHCF Director General HRH Princess Dina Mired, thanked Seagulls Media Services Company Director General Hussein Khader for his donation of JD50,000 worth of advertisements to be aired during the campaign. Fayez inaugurates garment factory
One of the last functions undertaken by outgoing Premier Faisal Fayez was the inauguration on Saturday of a garment factory in Tafileh, employing 180 women and 100 men from the area. When all the three phases of the JD500,000 project are complete, the factory, the first private sector project in Tafileh, will hire 600 local workers. Student dropouts
The Ministry of Education is having a series of preparatory meetings with the International Labor Organization (ILO) in the aim of analyzing the reasons behind dropping out of school between grades 7-10. Students quoted poor quality of teaching and the irrelevance of some subjects as factors for staying out of school. Poverty was quoted as main criterion as children are forced into becoming breadwinners. Anti-drugs campaign in Zarqa
At a meeting with officials and members of the Arab Society for Public Awareness (ASPA), an NGO specialized in fighting narcotics through youth education programs, Zarqa Governor Thamer Fayez announced an anti-drugs campaign to start in Zarqa on April 28. One of the main targets of the campaign is to prevent smuggling operations that “flood the market with narcotic pills”. Education programs will warn children on the dangers drugs pose to individuals and society at large. AIDS’ concepts in curricula
During a workshop at the University of Jordan (UJ) on Saturday, panelists from the Ministry of Education, UNESCO and UJ discussed plans to consolidate concepts related to the AIDS epidemic in school curricula. Success in this regard would spare the country future human and economic loss, concluded the participants during the event, organized by the UJ Center for Human Resources. Crossing to Jordan from West Bank
Official statistics show that 81,726 individuals crossed into the Kingdom from the West Bank in 1st quarter of this year, with around 90,000 crossing in the other direction. These figures are expected to soar five-fold during the summer.
OIC’s 4th tourism conference
Jordan took part in the 4th Conference of tourism ministers of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) held recently in Dakar the capital of Senegal. Representing the Ministry of Tourism, Secretary-General Faruq Hadidi said Jordan put forward a draft charter with the aim of preserving and developing architectural heritage in the Islamic countries. UJ graduate 1st distance learners
The University of Jordan on Sunday held a graduation ceremony for its first distance learning course students. Funded and supervised by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the course provides computer and software engineering students, as well as network operators at public and private sector institutions, with basic knowledge and techniques regarding networks and the Internet. A total of 30 students graduated from the course out of 70 participants.