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Jordan, US extend science technology cooperation agreement

By JT - Nov 11,2017 - Last updated at Nov 11,2017

HRH Prince Hassan attends a signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement protocol between Planning Minister Imad Fakhoury and Deputy Charge D’affaires of the US Embassy in Amman Jim Bernhardt at the Dead Sea on Saturday (Photo courtesy of Planning Ministry)

AMMAN — Jordan and the US on Saturday signed a protocol to extend and amend the cooperation agreement in the fields of science and technology, on the side lines of the World Science Forum held between November 7 and 11 at the Dead Sea.

Planning and International Cooperation Minister Imad Fakhoury and Deputy Charge D’affaires of the US Embassy in Amman Jim Bernhardt signed the protocol, in the presence of HRH Prince Hassan, according to a Planning Ministry statement.

Fakhoury said that the 10-year agreement comes as a result of the important cooperation between the two countries in the fields of scientific research and technology, noting that it has played an important role in improving the knowledge-based society in the Kingdom.

He said that the agreement would enhance the technological capabilities, intellectual property and partnerships in technological investments for both sides, in addition to improving the economic opportunities in the sector. 

The minister said that it will also support the Jordan 2025, the Plan to Stimulate Economy 2018-2022 and help achieve the objectives of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

For his part, Bernhardt said that the US has bilateral and multilateral agreements with various countries that seek to provide a framework for international cooperation in the scientific and technological fields.

He highlighted that these agreements provide a mechanism for important research and development efforts to improve the humanitarian situation and facilitate the exchange of scientific information and results of experiments and protection of copyright as well as building partnerships with scientific institutions abroad.

He added that the scientific and technological cooperation agreement between the US and Jordan serves common peaceful purposes and provides more opportunities for the exchange of ideas, information and skills.


The US official welcomed the opportunity to strengthen cooperation with the Kingdom.

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