Amman (UNA-OIC) – King Abdullah II of Jordan on Sunday received World Bank Group (WBG) President David Malpass at Basman Palace in the capital Amman.
The king expressed appreciation of the longstanding partnership with the WBG, commending the group’s prompt response to the priorities that Jordan raised in July, including working with the government on its 2022-2023 plan, which seeks to enhance the economy’s resilience and recovery.
The Jordanian monarch said his country counts on the WBG’s support in a number of priority sectors, including energy, tourism, transportation, job creation, and enhancing the social safety net. He stressed the importance of bolstering cooperation to promote the environment of investment and business as well as supporting public-private partnerships through the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group.
For his part, Malpass commended Jordan’s efforts in addressing poverty, boosting the business environment, and enhancing the growth of the private sector, which helps in creating job opportunities.
In addition, the WBG president expressed appreciation of Jordan’s support for refugees, including providing them with education, job opportunities, and health services. He stressed the importance of the WBG’s partnership with Jordan.
The meeting also covered possible World Bank Group support for Jordan’s efforts in enhancing regional economic integration, and energy connectivity projects in the region.