Minister of Finance Omar Malhas said that the government’s endorsement of the PPP Law reflects keenness to encourage the private sector to establish various projects including which in turn reflect positively on promoting economic growth and alleviate the financial burden on the state budget.
Malhas reiterated that the PPP Unit at MOF is working in collaboration with relevant government agencies to process the implement of several projects in partnership with the private sector, which is carried out in accordance with the provisions of the public private Partnership law No. 31 year 2014, where it is currently working with the Ministry of environment on several projects, the first is a project of sorting, recycling, and processing of waste in the Al-Ekeider Landfill in order to establish a unit for sorting and recycling of waste and the use of multiple technologies to deal with waste in order to reduce their quantities, and the disposal of the remaining quantity in landfill cells to produce biofuels, in addition to the Industrial wastewater treatment project in Al-Hallabat, which aims to create a treatment plant of the industrial wastewater in the Al-Hallabat area on the basis of BOT in order to mitigate the effects of pollution caused by factories and craft areas adjacent to the Zarqa river.
According to the Minister of Finance, a project to collect and recycle expired acid lead batteries is expected to start soon. It aims at addressing the problem of expired batteries used in all types of cars which constitute an environmental problem in Jordan due to the negative effects. This implementation of the project to establish integrated processing units for treating the industrial and medical hazardous waste is aimed at the rehabilitation of the hazardous waste treatment site in the Swaga area and the establishment of new integrated processing & treatment units for the of industrial and medical waste generated in the kingdom.
In the same context, Minister of Finance Omar Malhas said that the public and private partnership unit in the Ministry of Finance is working in cooperation with the Greater Amman Municipality to start implementing the project to establish a new Amman slaughterhouse in Madona district according to the principle design-build-operate-transfer (DBOT). The unit is also working with the Ministry of communications and information technology on the fiber-optic project in order to highlight investment opportunities for the fiber-optic network through creating marketing, business models and to propose practical operational patterns.
Work is under way in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing to carry out the project of establishing a new Tafeleh hospital on an area of 35 thousand square meters. Another project underway is the shipments facilities and yards, and passengers' terminals at King Hussein Bridge based on (BOT) model in order to accommodate the increasing number of passengers which exceeded two million passengers per year with an increase in the transfer rate of goods between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, which exceeded recently one hundred and fifty trucks per day.
The public private partnership unit in the Ministry of Finance is currently studying a number of projects in cooperation with the concerned parties, namely: investment and management of an infrastructure project of the rapid bus between Amman and Zarqa with the Greater Amman Municipality in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport. Another project is the establishment of a hospital in the city of Aqaba in cooperation with the Ministry of public works and Housing, and the project of technical and office services management system (HelpDesk) in collaboration with the Ministry of communications and information technology for submission to the PPP Council for adoption as PPP projects.