Ammon – The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jordan Logistics Association, Nabil Al-Khatib, called on the concerned authorities to expedite the allocation of the necessary funding for the completion of projects targeting the transport and logistics sector in the executive program for the vision of economic modernization.
Al-Khatib said that there is cooperation between the government and the private sector to maximize achievement and produce results that achieve the desired goals, which contribute to providing a transportation system that serves various economic sectors.
The report of the executive program of the economic update vision on the progress of work during the first half of this year, regarding the logistics and transportation services sector, showed the acceleration of achieving a number of targets related to the transportation and logistics services sector.
The report presented a number of achievements that were achieved during the first half of this year, including the construction of buildings and cargo and passenger yards for the new King Hussein Bridge to completely separate passenger traffic from freight, and the promotion of trade exchange between Jordan and Palestine, indicating the completion of the announcement of the list of preliminary qualified companies, While work is currently underway to finalize and approve the proposal document and the draft partnership contract.
The report indicated the completion of an economic feasibility study to study a proposal to implement the toll roads system for a group of targeted roads to determine the possibility of applying the toll roads system on them, as steering and technical committees were formed for the project, financial allocations were provided by the Ministry of Investment, and the terms of reference document for the chief advisor was reviewed. For the project, and the preparation of the terms of reference document for the preparation of environmental and social studies, and the study of community communication, which will be worked on by the World Bank team.
The report pointed to the establishment of a logistical services center for storage, distribution and classification in the Mafraq development area to expand the area of storage spaces and logistics services, and to solicit offers to assign a specialized company to prepare documents and terms of reference for offering the project as an investment opportunity, and work is currently underway to prepare these documents so that the project can be launched later through the company itself. Preparing and reviewing the economic feasibility study.
The national railway network (Phase I Aqaba-Amman) has also been established to transport goods efficiently and at lower costs from the seaports to the logistics centers in Amman, where the financial compensation for the acquisition of land for the entire network is pursued, according to the budget of the Ministry of Transport.
The procedures of the road assets management system were completed through the establishment of an information system for setting maintenance priorities for the road network and completing surveys of 2,000 km for the road network. A draft national document for the implementation of performance-based road maintenance bids was prepared by the World Bank, and work is currently underway to review it in its final form.
The National Strategy for the Transport Sector (2023-2027) was updated to adapt to economic and social changes and respond to best practices and interface aspects.
The foundational framework for the post-clearance audit project has also been prepared, which requires a set of legislative reviews and technical requirements, including the development of a unified road map for the establishment of post-clearance audit at Jordanian customs, which includes a set of activities aimed at increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of customs audit based on risk assessment, and thus Facilitate trade and reduce administrative burdens on merchants, and build a smart and unified risk management system for all regulatory authorities and partners in customs clearance procedures.
The preparation of the diagnostic study of the reality of risk management in Jordanian customs has been completed, and the assessment of the gaps report in the current risk management system has been completed by the World Bank.