6 million euros in Dutch support to provide job opportunities for Jordanian youth
Tue-2021-11-23 | 01:13 pm
Nayrouz News Agency : Saleh Khawaldeh - Two cooperation agreements worth 6 million euros were signed at the Dutch embassy in Amman today, to implement two projects in Jordan worth three million euros for each project, with the aim of providing job opportunities for Jordanian youth in the agricultural and tourism sectors.
The two agreements were signed by the Dutch ambassador, Harry Vervay, and the local partners (the director of the Finnish Relief Organization in Jordan, Mazen Khazouz, and the president and CEO of the Partners for Better Foundation, Walid Al-Tarawneh). On the sidelines of the signing ceremony, the ambassador said that Jordan's resources lie in its human capital, and that the two projects aim to continue supporting young people through training and employing them in the agricultural and tourism sectors. He added that the first "Kol-Ya" project in the agricultural sector will be implemented by a consortium led by the Finnish Relief Organization, in partnership with the Jordanian Association of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters and Producers, the Jordanian Agricultural Engineers Association and one of the Jordanian universities.
He pointed out that the project seeks, within three years, to overcome the challenge of the low rate of youth participation in the agricultural sector by highlighting the competitive and dynamic profitable potential of this sector. He stressed that in order to attract young people, the partners will focus on introducing innovative technologies and opportunities for entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship and agricultural projects for youth, pointing out that young farmers and cooperatives will be supported through improving infrastructure, skills training and introducing the latest technologies for the pre- and post-harvest process, and will be implemented in my governorates. Mafraq, Irbid and the Jordan Valley.
He explained that during the various consultation sessions held with young people during the understanding phase of this project, we were able to better understand their hopes, concerns and challenges in terms of their economic empowerment in the agricultural sector, and that ICT solutions and innovation are critical entry points for youth participation in this sector.
Within the framework of the second project that was signed today, entitled "Youth Go/Level Up", the ambassador said that it will be implemented by the Partners for Better Foundation in partnership with other institutions specialized in the tourism sector.
He indicated that this project aims to enhance the economic participation of 1,500 young men and women in Jordan by raising their skills, employing them, and developing their capabilities in the field of entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship. He added that the project will be implemented through an integrated approach that prepares young people and empowers them to overcome the challenges they face, enable them to work with their local communities, stimulate self-employment or self-employment, and use technical and soft skills that serve them in their endeavours.
For his part, CEO of Better Partners Walid Al-Tarawneh said that the project comes to qualify young people in a number of governorates of the Kingdom to connect them with economic opportunities in specific sectors, as well as support young people to explore opportunities for self-employment by linking them to many opportunities provided by value chains in the targeted sectors. He explained that all project activities will be implemented in partnership and coordination with all relevant official and civil authorities.
In turn, the director of the Finnish Relief Organization in Jordan, Mazen Khazouz, expressed his appreciation for the Dutch support in supporting Jordanian youth, pointing out also to the efforts made by the organization to support and empower youth and support its activities.
It is noteworthy that about 3,000 Jordanians and refugees, including farmers, students and youth interested in agricultural technology, will benefit from both projects. The two projects converge in their targeting of a number of priorities for Dutch development programs in Jordan, namely developing technical and vocational education and training pathways for youth, bridging the skills and job gap, promoting decent and long-term jobs for youth and women, and supporting the agricultural and tourism sectors to become more productive.