Interior Minister: Jordan is a safe, stable country amidst volatile region, 1st, final add


Faraya noted that there is great cooperation and coordination between the Ministry of Interior and its counterparts in Iraq and Syria, but each country has its own capabilities and capacities, but each country must bear the burden of preventing any attempt to smuggle, pointing out that the quantities of narcotic substances seized during the first four months of this year, compared to last year, increased by about 6 million Captagon pills, most of which are directed to the Arab Gulf countries.

On the internal security situation, the Minister of Interior said that the crime rate in Jordan is within normal limits, the impact of the war on Gaza is minimal, and the government’s position is fully consistent with the position of the public, as Jordan has done everything it can politically and humanly to stand with the brothers in Gaza, and His Majesty King Abdullah II has moved diplomatically since the first day of the aggression to pressure towards stopping this war, as all Jordanians are united in solidarity to s
tand with the brothers in Gaza.

He added: “A strong Jordan is the only way to do more for our brothers and sisters in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We are keen to support the Palestinian National Authority to enable it to confront Israeli arrogance, as stability in the West Bank is very important for Jordan’s national security,” Faraya added.

On the 2024 parliamentary elections, Faraya stressed that the elections are a constitutional entitlement and holding the elections is proof of the government’s confidence in itself and its citizens in implementing all constitutional entitlements, noting that the Ministry of Interior is working on preparing voter lists to be ready before May 26, to proceed with the rest of the procedures set by the Independent Elections Commission.

Faraya described the 2024 elections as qualitative, as it includes for the first time a national party list, and all licensed parties have equal opportunities, and the greatest burden is on the citizen to choose a representative who expresse
s the opinions of his constituents.

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Warm weather forecast almost nationwide until Tuesday-JMD


Amman: The weather on Saturday will be warm almost countrywide and relatively hot in the desert, the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and Aqaba, Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily update.

According to the JMD report, Sunday will see a slight rise in temperatures and almost similar weather is forecast as the day earlier.

The weather on Monday and Tuesday will substantially remain unchanged as the two earlier days.

Also today, temperatures in the capital Amman will hit a high of 32 degrees Celsius and a low of 17?, while the port city of Aqaba will see a scorching 40? during the day, sliding to 24? at night.

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Interior Minister: Jordan is a safe, stable country amidst volatile region


Amman: Interior Minister Mazen Faraya said that Jordan is a safe and stable country amid an inflamed region, “and security has a relative indicator that depends on the size of the threats and challenges that surround us.

Speaking to a dialogue session, organized on Saturday by the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), Faraya said that the nature and volume of smuggling indicate that the matter is more than purely financial for smugglers, especially on the northern border because there are areas outside the control of the Syrian state, which created a fertile environment for some groups and organizations that are trying to finance themselves at any cost.

“We do not have material or tangible evidence confirming that a specific country is behind the smuggling of drugs into Jordan,” Faraya added, noting that any border area in the world witnesses infiltration and smuggling attempts, “and we in Jordan, through cooperation and coordination between the armed forces and security and official agencies, are able to count
er these attempts, and indeed we have succeeded in preventing many attempts to smuggle narcotic substances towards neighboring countries, despite the increase in these attempts, especially on the northern and eastern borders.”

“The smugglers who are caught are not aware of the details of the operation except that they are required to carry out something specific from stage A to stage B, Faraya said, pointing out that attempts to smuggle weapons into Jordan are aimed at trafficking and other matters, and are confronted with strict measures.

Source: Jordan News Agency

21,000 wounded, sick people need to travel outside Gaza for treatment, say Strip’s Gov’t media office


Gaza: In an update of the most important statistics of the genocidal war waged by the Israeli occupation on the Gaza Strip for the 225th day, the government media office in Gaza said that 11,000 wounded people need to travel to treatment for operations and 10,000 cancer patients are facing death and need treatment.

There are 1.95 million Palestinians who suffer from infectious diseases as a result of displacement, and 20,000 cases of hepatitis and viral epidemics due to displacement, the office said in a statement on Saturday.

It emphasized that 60,000 pregnant women are at risk due to a lack of health care, and 350,000 people with chronic diseases are at risk due to the ban on the entry of medicines.

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Israeli shelling on central Gaza kills 4 Palestinians


Gaza: Four Palestinians were martyred after Israeli occupation forces shelled areas in central Gaza Strip.

Medical sources said that 3 Palestinians were martyred and others, including children, were injured in an Israeli shelling targeting east of Al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, and a Palestinian was martyred near the prisoners’ towers in central Gaza Strip, after the occupation forces shot at him.

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Education Minister reviews plans to modernize education system, develop human resources, 1st, final add


He clarified that the directorates of education in the proposed ministry will be reduced from 42 to 12, so that each governorate will have a directorate linked administratively to the General Secretariat for Strategic Planning and Performance, and technically to the General Secretariat for the different stages of education, in addition to giving a greater administrative and technical role to directorates and schools in the governorates, and focusing on the school and the teacher as the basis for the quality of educational outputs and attention in continuous training for teachers.

The two bodies, the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions (AQACHEI) and the Technical and Vocational Skills Development Commission (TVSDC), will be merged under the name of the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission, and the functions of the Education Quality and Accountability Unit at the Ministry of Education will be transferred to the new commission.

He said that the implementat
ion of the plan will be done through three development tracks: Organizational, structural, administrative, institutional, and legislative.

For his part, Touq pointed out the link between the NCCD and the Ministry of Education, as the strategic reforms set by the plan are the basis for progress and administrative reform.

He said that the new plan is good and ambitious and depends on two basic elements for the success of any plan: structuring and the availability of human resources necessary for the implementation process, noting that if human resources and available financial resources are provided “we will work on a major reform in the education sector, which is very costly to reform, but its return is highly guaranteed.”

For his part, Bakkar said that everyone is aware that the education system is included in the administrative modernization plans and is linked to the outcomes of the economic modernization vision as part of the government’s initiative to develop the public sector.

He added that the Minis
try of Education will change its name in the future after linking education and human resources and providing an incubating environment to the success of the merger idea as the sector is intertwined.

For her part, Dawani reviewed some statistics and figures monitored by field studies in different sectors that contribute to building administrative and institutional reforms.

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Education Minister reviews plans to modernize education system, develop human resources


Amman: Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Scientific Research, Azmi Mahafza, reviewed on Saturday key features of the administrative modernization plans within the education system and human resources development.

Mahafza gave his remarks during a speech he delivered via video conference as part of the “Public Sector Modernization Between Two Years” program held Saturday at the Prime Ministry in a session titled “Education System and Human Resources,” attended by head of the Higher Council of the National Centre for Curriculum Development (NCCD), Muhyiddine Touq, and World Bank education expert Zeina Dawani, and moderated by Senator Khalid Bakkar.

Mahafza said that the modernization of the public sector and administration cannot be done in isolation from economic modernization in order to face various challenges, most notably the stereotypical organization of institutions, overlaps, and duplication of roles.

He pointed to the need to develop education policies in line with human policy developmen
t programs and plans, which required a tender to implement the education structure, which included the establishment of the Ministry of Education and Human Development to succeed the Ministries of Education and Higher Education.

He explained that the establishment of the proposed ministry contributes to promoting decentralization, strengthening the field, and reducing the operational burdens on the ministry, enabling it to organize and set policies, in addition to strengthening the role of the school and the teacher.

He pointed out that it is proposed to create five organizational units (general secretariats), each of which is headed by a general secretary who is responsible for it, namely: Basic Education, which covers the early childhood stages from kindergarten to the first three grades, general education from fourth to twelfth grade, vocational education, higher education, and strategic planning and performance management.

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Transitioning to smart government is next phase’s ambition, says Digital Economy Minister, 3rd, final add


He added that the theoretical examination will soon be available electronically, and there is a transformation plan in the technical examination of vehicles through several procedures, including extending the validity of the examination by 30 days “and we have spread spatially in 23 departments in various regions of the Kingdom, with 11 mobile licenses with which we introduced the technical examination service, and we will expand the provision of services after the end of work, as well as working on electronic payment services and digitization of government payments.”

In turn, the Director General of the Land and Survey Department, Ahmed Al-Amoush, said, “the department sought electronic transformation with the aim of easing procedures on citizens, so we started by classifying the electronic services provided to citizens in terms of importance and numbers of beneficiaries, so we worked on sales transactions and then documents, and we launched electronic sales services in Amman and Aqaba governorates, and the
re is a plan to complete the rest of the governorates, where about 6600 sales transactions have been completed electronically.”

“Also, all documents issued by the department are fully electronic and we have about 248,000 documents issued from the beginning of the launch of the service, in addition to investment services in the sense of foreign ownership, which is fully electronic, and we issued a special application for the Land Department, and these services reduced the percentage of beneficiary visits by 70 percent in Amman and Aqaba governorates and by 30 percent in the rest of the governorates, and at the level of legislation, we worked on many of them, such as amending the Real Estate Property Law by allowing the Land Department to use electronic services, and fees within the property sale tax law were also reduced, and we are working on many legislation for facilitation and development that do not affect accuracy, and in the field of administrative development, we worked on structuring the administrati
ve organization, as we have 34 directorates at the level of the Kingdom,” Al-Amoush added.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors and founder of the Integrated Technology Group (ITG), Walid Tahabsem, spoke about the citizen’s experience in working with government services and the partnership between the private and public sectors.

He stressed the need to distinguish between automation and digital transformation, taking into account the development and speed of traditional and electronic transactions, pointing to the challenge facing the private-public partnership and the need to take into account the user experience to save the citizen effort and time.

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Transitioning to smart government is next phase’s ambition, says Digital Economy Minister, 2nd add


He pointed out that the activation of the “at your service” platform to hear the voice of the citizen, where the response rate received from institutions on the platform reached 92% this year and work is underway to improve the platform, as well as the launch of the 5G service in four governorates.

Hanandeh talked about the features of the new strategy for the next phase of digital transformation, which includes 9 targets, including infrastructure, digitization of government services, reliance on data, legislation, cooperation with all sectors in partnership with the private sector and government, re-engineering procedures, cybersecurity, and continuing to work on protecting government data, to move to a smart government in every sense of the word, which requires focusing on supporting the institutional performance development team.

During the session, Hussam Abu Ali, Director General of the Income and Sales Tax Department, spoke about the achievements made by the department in the past years in digitizing
services, saying: “The department worked to transform into a digital department through 3 main stages, which was represented by providing services electronically, which numbered 65 services, as 1.7 million services were provided electronically last year.”

The second stage represents the transformation of the tax audit and inspection electronically through the inspection project in the field and electronic digital control, which was accompanied by the amendment of legislation, and the third stage included the transition to electronic partners, so it adopted a special system for electronic invoicing.”

For his part, the Director of the Drivers and Vehicles Licensing Department, Colonel Engineer Omar Al-Quraan, said that most of the department’s services are already automated, which facilitated their transition to electronic services, but the traditional service is still faster than the electronic one due to the traditional coupon, which will be converted electronically soon, to make a qualitative leap in elect
ronic services, and there are currently 38 electronic services available.

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Transitioning to smart government is next phase’s ambition, says Digital Economy Minister, 1st add


Hanandeh further added that with regard to cybersecurity, many achievements have been made through the National Cybersecurity Center. “We have two data centers and a disaster recovery center, and there is a plan to establish four data centers, and an “information safe” center that deals with sensitive data in a protected place is also available.

He called on all organizations to adopt and accept digital documents.

He said that the Personal Data Protection Law has been approved, and digital identities for Jordanians outside the Kingdom will be activated soon, and the Sanad application will be launched for non-Jordanians, and work has been done to document all government services for the services platform and work is underway on engineering all procedures, and a set of large projects will be launched, including the virtual hospital, data platform, and data exchange with all health service providers.

Regarding the comprehensive government service centers, Hanandeh said that the total number of completed trans
actions reached 2 million, and 112 services were provided at the Muqabalain branch, 103 services at the Irbid branch, 38 services at Queen Alia International Airport, and a range of services at the Aqaba branch.

Work, according to Hanandeh, will begin soon in the Tafila branch with 98 services, and 5 centers will be opened during this year in addition to 4 centers currently in the courts. Instructions will also be issued to license the provision of government services through the private sector so that they can be as close as possible to citizens. In terms of policies and procedures, the digital inclusion plan will be launched soon in cooperation with the private sector, and there is a study and plan with the Ministry of Youth to develop a strategy for knowledge centers and business incubators in various regions of the Kingdom to activate the role of youth to complement the government’s executive plans, qualification, training and support from human cadres. “We have a policy for the source of information to
reach a stage of providing the only source of information and using it to benefit decision makers.”

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Transitioning to smart government is next phase’s ambition, says Digital Economy Minister


Amman: Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmad Hanandeh said that Jordan has a lot to be proud of from the achievements made in government institutions.

During a session he moderated on Saturday, entitled “Digitization System and Government Services” at a forum organized by the Prime Ministry on the Public Sector Modernization Program (PSMP) between two years, Hanandeh said, “the key challenge we face is to adhere to the executive plans, and this is what the government worked on through the development and modernization of the public sector, and the economic modernization vision, which gives great importance to the targets and what is achieved through these targets.”

“We also have an important challenge of providing traditional services faster than e-services, as Jordan has made a great achievement in government institutions by raising the level of service,” Hanandeh added.

On what has been achieved during the past three years, Hanandeh said that the number of government services that have b
een digitized reached 1173, at 49 percent of the total services, and a large number will be launched by the end of this year, where it is expected to complete the launch of basic services and move to improve and develop the customer experience and service platforms in accordance with the executive program of the economic modernization vision within the government services and digitization track.

“The number of services activated on the Sanad application reached 500, and the number of digital identity activators through the Sanad application reached about one million digital identities, with expectations to reach 3.5 million by the end of 2025, through a large number of digital identity stations spread in all governorates of the Kingdom, as well as through the applications of 11 banks. The digital signature will be adopted by a group of institutions, and in the field of infrastructure, much has been achieved at the level of data ready to benefit from, and interconnection between institutions is complete,” the
minister noted.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Investment Minister emphasizes importance of raising HR efficiency to boost investment engine, 1st, final add


Orfeli called for greater visibility of Jordan’s achievements during its development process, noting that these achievements give greater confidence when promoting Jordan’s investment opportunities.

For his part, Abu Saileik presented the stages of development of the Ministry of Investment since the merger of the Investment Promotion Agency and the Development Zones, noting the unprecedented effort made by the government to develop the administrative and economic system through the Public Sector Modernization Program, in addition to the economic modernization vision.

He added that the current government’s efforts have resulted in overcoming the 1.9% economic growth rate and reaching a rate of 2.6%, and that the vision targets higher growth rates, in addition to the arrival of foreign reserves to the level of 19 billion dollars, which enhances investment confidence in the Kingdom, in addition to a historic rise in the credit rating of the Jordanian economy after decades of scoring a B1 to Ba3, according to M
oody’s rating.

The meeting, which was held in the presence of a number of ministers and stakeholders, included interactive sessions discussing a number of topics, including human resources in the public sector, digitization and government services, education and human resources development, and investment.

Source: Jordan News Agency