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44% of Jordanians believe government can carry out economic stimulus package

[11/3/2019 2:59:12 PM]

AMMONNEWS - 44% of Jordanians believe that the government would be able to carry out the national economic stimulus plan launched by Prime Minister Omar Razzaz during a press conference last month, an opinion poll revealed on Sunday. The poll, conducted by the University of Jordan’s Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) was carried out from last 28 and 30 of October also tackled pressing issues and challenges. Half of the respondents, 51 percent, believe the government's decision to cut 50 percent of land registration and transfer costs will help stimulate investment, the poll found. Fifty-nine percent of respondents believe that the government's decision to exempt apartments less than 150 meters from registration fees will help stimulate the housing sector, the survey revealed. 61% of respondents said government incentives for successful institutions, factories and sectors would help stimulate investment, and 38 percent said the government would succeed in reviewing the role of independent bodies and assessing their feasibility, it showed. According to the poll's results, 62% of Jordanians said the government would succeed in passing a system that cuts compulsory education from the age of six to five, while 58 percent believe the government will succeed in passing a law guaranteeing comprehensive health insurance for all citizens in 2023, and 53 percent believe the government will improve services. Also, 51% believe that the government will succeed in improving the educational services provided to students in public schools, 45% believe that the government will succeed in linking wages and salaries in the performance of career paths, while 42% believe that the government will succeed in revising the civil service system to achieve justice among all government employees. Meanwhile, the problems of unemployment and difficult economic conditions facing Jordan topped the most important local issues according to the survey results, where the percentage of those who believe that difficult economic conditions is the most pressing issue hit 27.1 %, while 26.6 % think unemployment is the most pressing issue facing Jordan today.

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Monitoring use of public vehicles top priority, says premier

[10/24/2019 9:44:21 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister, Omar Razzaz, said the government attaches great importance to controlling the use of government vehicles and stopping their misuse during the official working hours and holidays. Razzaz made the remarks as he chaired a meeting on Thursday of the Ministerial Committee and the Technical Committee to control movement of government vehicles, adding the measures the government is going to implement "strictly" in this regard not only have "positive," financial and administrative effects, but also send a strong message to the citizens on the government's seriousness to monitor this matter to save public money. Razzaz stressed the need to ensure the strict implementation of the electronic tracking system for government vehicles, which has so far covered 5,000 in the first phase, and expected to expand to more 8500 in the second stage currently being implemented, bringing to the number to 13,500, which is the total government vehicles linked to the system. The premier commended the efforts made by the Ministerial Committee and the Technical Committee, instructing them to study and develop a plan for joint management of the government vehicle fleet to ensure proper use and dodge violations.

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Gov't says open to dialogue with teachers as strike enters 3rd week

[9/21/2019 1:53:56 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The government on Saturday urged the Jordan Teachers Association (JTA) to sit for dialogue as the only means to address the teachers' demand and end a nationwide teacher strike, now in its third week. State Minister for Media Affairs Jumana Ghuneimat said on Saturday the government came forward with a "generous proposal opening the door for dialogue over whatever the JTA wants to discuss." Speaking following a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Omar Razzaz to follow up on the JTA's strike, Ghuneimat said the proposal presented to the syndicate on Thursday is designed to improve the teachers' living conditions and upgrade the overall educational process. In response to a question about the government's initiative, the minister said "the proposal is not vague, but provided an ample avenue for the teachers' syndicate to engage in dialogue on many issues of interest to the teacher." Ghuneimat reiterated that the "government is open to dialogue and that its channels are still open as the only way to reach an agreement on the JTA's demands", pointing that the government is committed to improving the living and financial conditions of teachers and developing the educational process. "What is more important now is to end the strike and allow the students to return to their schools. The government is open to dialogue and to sit down with the teachers' syndicate to discuss various details, leading to a healthy relationship between the government and the syndicate," she said. The minister emphasized that the government proposal is still on the table, adding that the government is under pressure by parents who want an end to the strike to allow their children to return to schools until all issues are resolved. Ghuneimat explained that the government's proposal calls for the formation of a joint team from the government and the JTA as a key partner in the process to formulate a "vision towards a new model that serves the goals of improving the living conditions of the teacher and developing the educational process." During today's meeting, the prime minister was briefed by the directors of the education directorates on the latest developments on the ground and the complaints lodged by parents and students over the harm the strike causes to their right to education. The meeting looked into steps many teachers will take to resume education at schools and stop the detrimental effect of the strike on the educational process. The prime minister ordered the educational directors to continue to follow up on developments at schools and focus on facilitating the students' access to schools as the mainstay of the whole educational process.

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Education ministry keen on serious dialogue on teachers' strike, says minister

[9/18/2019 6:22:12 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Education Walid Maani said that the ministry's doors are still open for dialogue on teachers' strike. In a press statement, the minister said on Wednesday the government looks forward to "serious" and "unconditional" dialogue with the Jordan Teachers Association (JTA) and the ministerial team, which was assigned by the prime minister. Maani reiterated the ministry's keenness to ensure suitable educational opportunities for all students, the stability of the educational process at schools, in addition to improving teachers' living conditions. He also praised the efforts of various mediators to bring the two sides closer to end the crisis.

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Interior minister forms committee to investigate renewing wanted person passport

[9/14/2019 3:50:05 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Interior Minister Salameh Hammad decided to form a committee to investigate into circumstances and reasons behind renewing the passport of a wanted person outside the Kingdom. Following discussions on the issue recently raised by media outlets, the Interior Ministry said Saturday the Interior Minister hasn't issued any approvals in this regard, in accordance with instructions issued by the Ministry of Interior, which prohibits the renewal of passports of wanted persons outside the country in order to preserve the rights of others. In in a press statement, the ministry added that wanted persons are granted urgent travel documents that entitle them to return to the country only and not to travel to any other country for the purpose of enforcing verdicts issued against them upon their return to the Kingdom. The ministry stressed that the renewal of the passport referred to in the manner that was done is an explicit violation of instructions in force and severe measures against violators will be taken.

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Dialogue only means to address teachers' demands, says minister

[9/8/2019 3:58:56 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of State for Media Affairs, Jumana Ghunaimat, has said that the government respects the teachers and the "sacred" profession of teaching, adding that no one denies the teachers' role in raising future generations. Ghunaimat, who is also the spokesperson of the government, told the Jordan TV on Sunday that dialogue is the only means to address teachers syndicate's demands. The government had offered an increment system for teachers as part of the career development path serving the best interest of both the teachers and their students at the same time, Ghunaimat explained. The government spokesperson said that dialogue is the only answer to the issue, stressing that what is on the table could be negotiated and further improved.

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Gov't is committed to royal directives on enhancing human rights system

[8/22/2019 3:30:04 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said the government is committed to the royal directives on enhancing the human rights and public freedoms system in Jordan and place them as top priorities. The prime minister gave his remarks during a visit to the National Center for Human Rights (NCHR) in which he attended a part of the first meeting of the NCHR's board of trustees. Razzaz said the government is looking forward to working with the NCHR to set up relevant plans and indicators and amend the necessary legislation to ensure the improvement of human rights and preserve human dignity. He underscored the government's full support for NCHR and commitment to enhancing its independence and impartiality in order to enable it to play its role to the fullest. The prime minister spoke about important issues that the cabinet is working on in monitoring the government's actions and decisions and those related to citizens, in particular freedoms, rights, developmental issues, and issues monitored by the NCHR in the fields of education, health, labor and the most needy groups in society, the elderly and those with special needs. The premier added that the government is committed to implementing NHCR annual reports' recommendations and following up on all the observations contained therein. Chairperson of the NCHR Board of Trustees, Rohayel Gharaibeh, and the Commissioner-General Mousa Burayzat, highlighted the NCHR plans, programs and priorities during the coming period to reflect a bright image of Jordan's record in the field of human rights.

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