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King attends KAFD’s annual ceremony

Ceremony showcases KAFD’s achievements, success stories

By JT - Oct 06,2019 - Last updated at Oct 06,2019

His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday attends the annual ceremony of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development at the King Hussein Business Park (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday attended the annual ceremony of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) at the King Hussein Business Park.

The ceremony featured a showcase of KAFD’s achievements and success stories involving young beneficiaries of the fund, which was established in 2001 to promote sustainable progress and elevate the socioeconomic status and prosperity in Jordan, according to a Royal Court statement.

During the ceremony, attended by KAFD Chairman Alaa Bataineh, King Abdullah presented the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement to Laith Abu-Taleb for his paper art project Waragami.

A total of 1,362 young Arabs from 16 countries applied to the award this year, 10 of whom were shortlisted for the final stage of the competition, the statement said.

Waragami is the first project in the Middle East to specialise in the paper art of Origami and Quilling, aimed at developing creativity, patience and motor skills among its practitioners, as well as assisting in the rehabilitation process of people with disabilities.

Also during the ceremony, a number of youth beneficiaries of KAFD’s programmes highlighted their success stories and experiences, outlining the impact of the fund on their projects, the statement said.

The ceremony also included a celebration of the10th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, as a success story in vocational education and a positive influence on the social perception of vocational training.

Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Al Khasawneh and Adviser to His Majesty for Policies and Media Kamal Al Nasser attended the ceremony.

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