Jordan’s Public Debt Increases to $41 Bln

Visitors tour the Amman Citadel, Jordan, July 21, 2022. (Reuters)
Visitors tour the Amman Citadel, Jordan, July 21, 2022. (Reuters)
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Jordan’s Public Debt Increases to $41 Bln

Visitors tour the Amman Citadel, Jordan, July 21, 2022. (Reuters)
Visitors tour the Amman Citadel, Jordan, July 21, 2022. (Reuters)

Jordan’s public debt rose 1.6 percent to 29.16 billion dinars ($41 billion) in the first half of 2022 from 28.7 billion dinars at the end of 2021.

Its domestic debt reached 13.89 billion dinars at the end of H1, while its foreign debt reached 15.26 billion dinars, according to statistics posted on the Ministry of Finance's website.

Jordan's public debt now stands at 88.4 percent of its GDP.

As part of a deal with the International Monetary Fund, the Ministry of Finance announced early last year that its debts, which amounted to almost 7 billion dinars, would be excluded from the Social Security Investment Fund.

Jordan has warned of the notable drop in international support to refugees in the Middle East and to the relevant UN agencies.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi in Amman, where he stressed the need for mobilizing joint action to provide a decent life for refugees and help host countries shoulder the burden of hosting them.

Safadi praised the solid partnership between Jordan and the UNHCR to present necessary services to about 1.3 million Syrians residing in Jordan.

He also underlined the role of the UNHCR in supporting refugees and keeping their cause alive on the international agenda.

The officials agreed to intensify efforts to rally international support for refugees.

Also on Sunday, Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh discussed with Grandi the economic challenges facing the kingdom due to the burden refugees pose on Jordan’s infrastructure, education, health, water and job opportunities.

He urged the international community and donor countries to continue to provide necessary support to host communities.

Jordan hosts almost 650,000 Syrians registered with the United Nations, but Amman estimates close to 1.3 million Syrians had arrived since 2011 when the conflict in the neighboring country erupted.

Jordan has said it has spent over 12 billion dollars on hosting them.



Construction Begins on ‘Banan City’ Project in Riyadh

Engineers oversee construction work at “Banan City” Project in northern Riyadh (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Engineers oversee construction work at “Banan City” Project in northern Riyadh (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Construction Begins on ‘Banan City’ Project in Riyadh

Engineers oversee construction work at “Banan City” Project in northern Riyadh (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Engineers oversee construction work at “Banan City” Project in northern Riyadh (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Saudi Talaat Moustafa Group announced on Saturday that construction work has commenced on the “Banan City” Project in Riyadh’s northeastern Al-Fursan suburb.
The company stated that operations are underway around the clock, adhering to construction schedules and plans. Heavy and operational equipment are fully deployed to deliver units to owners sequentially.
Banan City is set to be a smart city spanning 10 million square meters in northeastern Riyadh.
It aims to offer an unprecedented quality of life to over 120,000 residents within a gated community. The development will integrate cutting-edge smart city technologies with residential privacy and the latest sustainability standards.
In May, the National Housing Company and Saudi Talaat Moustafa Group laid the foundation for “Banan City” and began accepting reservations.
On July 9, the group disclosed to the Egyptian stock exchange that “Banan City,” described as a sustainable city, has achieved unprecedented sales since its launch in May, surpassing the first-year sales target in just two months.
Hesham Talaat Moustafa, Chairman of Saudi Talaat Moustafa Group, projected the project’s revenue at around 40 billion Saudi riyals ($12 billion), with a total investment cost estimated at 31.4 billion riyals.