JPMC’s phosphate washing\ floating plant set for opening in March 2024

A $85-million phosphate washing and floating plant is set to start production in March 2024 in Al-Shiydyah region of the southern Ma’an governorate with an annual output of 2 million metric tons. The Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) is the owner of the facility which is being built by private developer, Ideal Development for Manufacturing Industries. The plant is designed to float and cleanse substantial quantities of low-grade phosphates, which have been amassing for decades, and extract high-quality phosphates from them, in accordance with the demands of the JPMC, as well as its customers and importers. On Sunday, the JPMC Chairman Muhammad Thniebat convened with several company executives to review the project’s advancement. He noted that the venture embodies the company’s strategic direction to augment production, pivot towards the manufacturing sector, and bolster both local and international partnerships, consistent with its prospective marketing blueprint. He emphasized that the project represents a significant stride in the company’s operations and is expected to yield substantial benefits, including the creation of approximately 250 direct and 2,000 indirect employment opportunities. Moreover, the project is poised to enhance the company’s profitability, augment the national treasury, bolster phosphate exports, support the national economy, and fortify the company’s competitive edge in existing and untapped global markets. During the meeting, Rami Fakhouri, the Managing Director at Ideal Development for Manufacturing Industries, provided an update on the progress of the factory’s establishment, highlighting its various construction phases and completion rates. He noted that the engineering and industrial designs pertaining to the factory’s production lines, as well as the expansion of its electricity and water supply infrastructure, have been finalized. Civil construction work at the site has commenced, and the company has engaged leading global and specialized firms to furnish the factory with production line equipment. Fakhouri highlighted that the factory will adhere to the most up-to-date production methods and cutting-edge technology in the field. It will prioritize the strictest public and environmental safety protocols, and approximately 85% of the used water will be recycled.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Ministry, ILO to embark on phase 6 of labor-intensive project

The Ministry of Agriculture and the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Jordan signed an agreement on Sunday to conduct a labor-intensive project to plant 1,750 dunums in Irbid, Jerash, Ajloun, and Balqa. Over 24 months, the German-funded Employment through Labour Intensive Infrastructure in Jordan (Phase 6) project will cost pound 18 million provided by the German Development Bank (KfW), with a JD2.3 million contribution by the Jordanian agriculture ministry. The agriculture, local administration, and labor ministries and several municipalities will come together to implement the initiatives and create 420 paid working days and 1,250 jobs for Jordanians and Syrians through labor-intensive projects. Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat said the agreement will contribute to Jordan’s national afforestation plan and generate jobs in governorates with high unemployment rates. In turn, Director of the KfW Office in Amman Mark Schwiete said the Bank and the German government are committed to supporting economic opportunities and creating jobs in Jordan through afforestation activities that will enhance the sustainability of forests and contribute to a green and clean environment, the thing that is essential to confront climate change. Shailendra Jha Kumar, the project’s director at ILO, noted the “great experience” during the project’s previous phases, which were completed successfully and with high quality.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Syria participates in the International Book Fair in Tunis

A delegation from the Arab Writers Union, headed by Dr. Mohamed Al-Hourani, participated in the cultural and literary activities held within the International Book Fair in Tunis.

In a statement to SANA, Dr. al-Hourani indicated that a day was devoted to Syrian culture, in addition to allocating six other days for culture in some Arab and foreign countries.

Dr. Al-Hourani, who moderated the dialogue in the symposium, with the participation of members of the Arab Writers Union, such as the novelist Anisa Abboud, the critic Dr. Ahmed Ali Muhammad, and the novelist Dr. Hassan Hamid, debated within the Syrian Cultural Day, how the novel dealt with the terrorist war launched against Syria, and the Western and terrorist plans to destroy the Syrian state.

The International Book Fair in Tunisia witnessed a large Arab and foreign presence, whether through accompanying cultural and literary events and heritage and folklore concerts from some countries, especially Korea, Bulgaria, Italy, Palestine and Iraq, or through the participation of Arab and international publishing houses.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency