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Switzerland supports emergency response in Jordan

Bern, 05.10.2010 - On 5 October 2010, as part of her economic mission in Jordan, President Doris Leuthard signed an agreement on a project to improve emergency response in Jordan. The envisaged project amounting to around CHF 18 million provides for the supply of about 100 ambulance vehicles as well as comprehensive training and quality assurance measures.

In terms of the agreed project, the ambulance fleet will be modernised, so that appropriate rescue vehicles can swiftly reach every corner of the country, including desert and mountainous regions as well as refugee camps. In addition, a training programme will be set up to further improve the skills of Jordanian authorities, institutions and staff involved in emergency response. Furthermore, the establishment of a professional quality assurance system will ensure long-term quality assurance of Jordanian emergency response. Emergency response in Jordan is provided without restrictions, free of charge and free from discrimination.

The project agreement was signed by President Doris Leuthard, Jordanian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Dr. Jafar Hassan and the general Director of Jordan Civil Defence, Major General Abdullah Suliman Al-Hamadneh. The project amounting to around CHF 18 million will be financed equally by a commercial loan from Swiss banks and by a non-repayable grant from Switzerland within the framework of economic development cooperation. The implementation of the project will begin early 2011 and will be completed by mid-2013.

On the Swiss side, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) will play a leading role by providing economic development cooperation for the preparation and implementation of the project and will work in close cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This will ensure the seamless association between the envisaged commitment and the SDC's successful natural hazard prevention programmes.

Address for enquiries:

Evelyn Kobelt, FDEA, Press Spokesperson, Mobile +41 79 301 71 72
David Kramer, SECO, Economic Cooperation and Development, Infrastructure Financing,
Tel. +41 31 324 08 39, david.kramer@seco.admin.ch

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Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
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