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Jordan Vision 2025 to remain open for changes — PM

By JT - Aug 21,2014 - Last updated at Aug 21,2014

AMMAN — Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Thursday said that Jordan's “2025 Vision” for the economy currently being prepared will be assessed every three years to take into account the region's unpredictability and global uncertainties.

During a meeting on Thursday with Economic and Social Council (ESC) board members, Ensour also said the 10-year economic blueprint, which His Majesty King Abdullah directed the government to draw up earlier this year, will be "flexible" and "open" enough to cope with all scenarios taking into consideration the region's “never-stable conditions”.

The premier also said that the private sector will play a key role in the preparation phase of the economic blueprint and in monitoring its implementation.

Stressing the vital input of ESC in the government’s policies and plans, Ensour also said his visit to the council was meant for consultation and guidance on the economic blueprint and 2015 state budget. 

The premier added that the Kingdom has witnessed several protests, strikes and sit-ins organised by several labour unions and associations, adding that the government has never responded to any of the demands raised except those linked to promises authorities made previously.

He also indicated that Jordan is one of the top four or five countries around the world in terms of the percentage of state’s budget allocated for salaries.

Attending the meeting, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Hatem Halawani said that the Jordan’s 2015-2025 vision will focus on unemployment, poverty and investments. 

Minister of Labour and Tourism Nidal Katamine also said that the unemployment rate is estimated at 12 per cent but is higher in badia and rural regions mainly due to the absence of job-creating investments there. 

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