Abu Dhabi Fund for Development finances projects worth nearly $1.8bn in Jordan

The UAE’s direct investment in Jordan stood at about $17bn, while Jordan's investment in the Emirates is nearly $1.2bn

The ADFD has financed the extension of the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Amman, Jordan. Photo: ADFD
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The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has financed development projects worth nearly Dh6.5 billion ($1.76bn) in Jordan since 1974.

These projects have “collectively raised the standard of living in Jordan and helped the government to fulfil its sustainable-development objectives”, ADFD said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The relations between the UAE and Jordan exemplify an ideal bilateral partnership, which benefited both countries," Mohamed Al Suwaidi, ADFD’s director general, said.

"By financing many development projects, the UAE and ADFD remained a genuine supporter of the advancement of Jordan’s economy and society."

The benefits of the projects funded by ADFD in Jordan are reflected in the “phenomenal improvement and diversification of infrastructure” in various areas such as education, transport, energy, housing and agriculture, Mr Al Suwaidi added.

The ADFD has contributed to enhancing the export capacities of Al Hassa phosphate factory project in Jordan. Photo: ADFD

The UAE and Jordan have strong bilateral relations. Trade between the two countries jumped to Dh10.4bn in 2019 from Dh1.9bn in 2010, an increase of nearly 450 per cent, according to official data.

The UAE’s direct investment in Jordan stood at about Dh62.6bn, while Jordan's investment in the Emirates is nearly Dh4.5bn.

Jordan, which celebrates its 76th Independence Day on Wednesday, received a grant amounting to $5bn from the GCC in 2013, of which the UAE’s contribution was nearly $1.3bn.

The ADFD managed the UAE’s grant to Jordan by directly overseeing the projects that had a significant impact on the country's economy.

Established in 1971, the ADFD aims to help developing countries strengthen their economies by providing concessionary loans for development projects, as well as through long-term investments and direct contributions.

“ADFD looks forward to consistent socio-economic co-operation with Jordan to enable it to overcome any challenges in the way of accomplishing its developmental goals,” Mr Al Suwaidi said.

The UAE has also helped to raise foreign exchange reserves by depositing the entire grant with the Central Bank of Jordan, thus improving the efficiency of the country’s financial system.

ADFD-backed Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Complex in Jordan. Photo: ADFD

Last month, Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh said economic conditions in the country are “strong and firm”. He added that the central bank has $17bn of foreign currency reserves, which include reserve requirements from commercial banks.

In December, international rating agency Fitch revised its outlook on the risk of Jordan defaulting on its long-term foreign currency debt to stable from negative.

The agency said the move reflected the kingdom’s “progress on fiscal consolidation and post-pandemic economic recovery”.

Updated: May 24, 2022, 6:12 PM