Meeting with Economic and Social Council

King Abdullah II optimistic about Jordan's future

GMT 13:54 2012 Wednesday ,19 December

Arab Today, arab today King Abdullah II optimistic about Jordan's future

King Abdullah II thinks various pillars of the state must work together
Amman - Osama Al Rantissi

King Abdullah II thinks various pillars of the state must work together Amman - Osama Al Rantissi Jordan's King Abdullah II has expressed optimism about the future, despite the economic challenges facing the kingdom. In a statement to the nation after his meeting with the Prime Minister and members of Economic and Social Council, the King said: "we have a lot of work and difficulties ahead of us, but through cooperation and coordination, I'm sure 2013 will be a better year." He confirmed that Jordan will receive $0.5bn from the United Arab of Emirates before the end of this year. King Abdullah outlined some of the key challenges facing Jordan in the next 12 months, including the creation of sustainable employment opportunities for Jordanians, especially the youth, in addition to empowering women and giving them a greater role in the overall development process. He said it was important for the council to develop policies that meet the requirements of the coming year, which will be shaped by a brand new parliament and government. He called for national cooperation between the various pillars of the state and those in opposition. The king said that politics and the economy are inseparable tracks, and the council should hold dialogue with the private sector in formulating legislation. He called on the chairman and members of the council, to communicate with the citizens, and visit all the provinces to become aware of the realities when making their recommendations. King Abdullah explained that the council must also plan for the future of Jordan over the next ten years. He highlighted poverty, unemployment, job creation and province development as the long-term challenges facing Jordan. Prime Minister Dr Abdullah al-Nasour said that the council provides a platform for balanced, economic and social policies. He reiterated the importance of cooperation to improve production and said the government, private sector, labour market and civil society need to come together for the betterment of Jordan. Nasour said the government supports council's demands and pays attention to its proposed suggestions. "We always communicate with the council to discuss economic and social issues that concern the country and our citizens." During the meeting, Chairman of the Economic and Social Council, Dr Jawad Anani outlined a brief history of the council's achievements over the last three years. He also provided a comprehensive report on Jordan's fundamental issues, with statistical analysis and a guide to potential solutions.

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