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Reform and Development

Jordanians are the country's true wealth and they are both the means and the object of its development process


Concerning the role of women in general, I personally believe that as a small state we cannot ignore half of the working force; even large countries cannot afford to do that, and Jordan especially cannot do that


The responsibility of building the nation and achieving comprehensive development is not solely of the leader, but is a duty of every individual, and every citizen bears part of the responsibility


“For our countries of the South, the future depends on what we do now, to include those who have been excluded, to create opportunities for our young and growing populations and to take our rightful place in shaping the global economic system.”

“But for developing countries, [this] is also a time of huge potential. For the first time in history, developing countries are setting the economic pace, with unprecedented growth in trade, capital, and economic output. More people around the world are being included in the political process, free to vote and participate. There is a new recognition that our countries have solutions to offer and ideas that count.”

Every time a dollar is spent on war or on occupation, it is one less dollar spent on a school, on infrastructure, on child health, on finding solutions to the region’s shared water problem.


We cannot lose sight of one key fact: the most critical challenge to the region's development is conflict. And our efforts as partners will be for naught unless Middle East peace remains our top priority.


“The armed forces is a major partner in comprehensive development, especially as it concerns training human resources, establishing productive enterprise and providing basic services of education and healthcare.”

Through enhancing productivity, as well as ensuring a higher level of per capita income, we are striving to graduate out of the lower-middle-income country bracket into higher developmental classifications. The challenge that remains, however, is to ensure an equitable distribution of the fruits of this growth…


Our goal is to continue to aggressively develop the competitiveness of our economy, to ensure more rapid growth and to decrease the economy's dependence on foreign grants, thus helping us to graduate from reliance on aid to trade-led growth…


Sustainable development is a virtuous cycle: it both creates, and benefits from, economic stability and growth. Starting the cycle requires global cooperation, and often, tough choices. Developed nations must choose to make a commitment: to urgently-needed debt relief; to increased direct assistance; and to fairer trade policies. We in the developing world must choose good governance and sound economic measures. All this suggests a framework for global development as well, a framework of partnerships…


But successful countries across the world have shown that reform is not a zero-sum game. It isn't a process of some winning at the expense of others. By enlarging the pie, reform creates winners across society. That's crucial for all Jordanians … and I am determined to carry through…


My view has always been in strengthening our society and getting Jordanians to have a much stronger role that then leads to political reform... It's a partnership between me and the people to move the society so that they are capable of moving democracy forward, and I know that Jordanians have it in them and have the capability