UNDP and the Embassy of Japan hold two ceremonies of equipment delivery in Mafraq and Irbid
Under the patronage of the Minister of Municipal Affairs (MOMA) and with the support of Local Development Department at the Ministry of Interior, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Embassy of Japan provided municipalities of Mafraq and Irbid with machinery and technical equipment to help these municipalities ease the mounting pressure on delivery of services. Two ceremonies took place in Mafraq and Irbid in the presence of H. E. the Ambassador of Japan and H. E. the Director of SDC Swiss Development Cooperation Jordan and Iraq, on the premises of each governorate.
As the Syrian crisis persists, UNDP continues its support to Jordanian communities through offering support to employment and municipal services improvement, under the “Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on the vulnerable Jordanian Host Communities" project funded by the Government of Japan in total value of USD 4 million, which started in April 2013.
Following a needs assessment study conducted by UNDP in late 2013, concerns relating to rehabilitation and solid waste management equipment for northern municipalities were listed as the top priorities to improve delivery of basic services. In response, the first phase of equipment delivery was completed in areas where the large presence of refugees exponentially increased pressure on public services. UNDP has delivered 36 fogging machines, 6 Ultra Volume Sprayers (ULVs) and insecticides and pesticides to 36 municipalities. Furthermore, several solid waste compactors are currently being purchased and will be delivered in April 2014.
In addition to this project, the Government of Japan extended in 2013 an additional Emergency Grant Aid of up to 60 million US dollars as support to the Syrian refugees’ relief efforts in the region through the respective UN agencies. Out of which, the Government of Jordan received ten point two million US dollars (10,200,000 US$), approximately seven point two million Jordanian Dinars (7,200,000 JD), for the purchase of waste compactors and other municipal equipment mostly needed to improve water supply, waste water management and solid waste management in the host municipalities.
In 2012, the Government Japan extended to Jordan a soft loan in the value of USD 122 million and has as well approved in 2013 a similar soft loan in the value of USD 120 million.
In a speech delivered at the ceremony, the Japanese Ambassador to Jordan said: “It is a sincere hope of Japanese people to cooperate with and join your efforts of a very warm humanitarian nature to kindly receive Syrian refugees. That is the reason why we have decided to extend this humble assistance to you”.
Ms. Zena Ali-Ahmed, UNDP-Jordan Country Director, noted that “The additional equipment will enhance the infrastructure capacity to meet the excess demands in those areas that are most affected by the large number of refugees who settled within host communities”.
Mayors of all municipalities, Minister and Representatives of Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Embassy of Japan, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and UNDP attended the two ceremonies
Ms. Alessasndra Blasi