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US grants Jordan 25 million dollars to finance reforms

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Tuesday October 17, 2006

Amman- The United States and Jordan on Tuesday signed an agreement worth 25 million dollars under which the US, through its Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), will support political and economic reforms in the Hashemite kingdom, according to a US embassy statement. "The programme will foster Jordan's reform efforts by broadening public participation in the political and electoral process, increasing government transparency and accountability, and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of customs administration," the statement said.

The Millenium Challenge Corporation administers the Millenium Challenge Account which funds development in countries "that rule justly, invest in their people, and encourage economic freedom."

Welcoming Jordan's accession to "an important new US foreign assistance programme," US Ambassador David Hale congratulated the government and people of Jordan "on their efforts and their determination to bring about a brighter future for their country".

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency