Trade minister, Maltese foreign minister discuss economic cooperation

Amman, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, Tariq Hammouri, discussed with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of Malta Carmelo Abela the mechanisms of enhancing economic cooperation in various fields and working to best benefit from the agreement of origin rules to contribute to increasing the volume of Jordanian exports to EU markets.

During the meeting with Abela on Sunday, Hammouri affirmed Jordan's keenness to build an "effective" economic partnership between the two countries through enhancing bilateral trade by benefiting from the agreement of relaxed rules of origin signed with the European Union aimed to increase national exports to EU markets.

Hammouri pointed to the challenges facing Jordan as a result of the region's circumstances and the burdens it is battling as a result of hosting about 1.3 million Syrian refugees, in addition to closure of the borders with Syria and Iraq, which increased pressure on the infrastructure and the state budget.

Hammouri said the government, under the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II, continues efforts to face the challenges through a number of reforms aimed at developing the economic situation and increasing growth rates conducive to creating jobs and stimulating the business environment.

Hammouri expressed the Jordanian government's appreciation to the Maltese government for its support to the Kingdom during the negotiations, which contributed to simplifying rules of origin with the EU, a step hoped to contribute to raising Jordanian exports to European markets.

For his part, the Maltese minister stressed his country's keenness to develop bilateral cooperation with Jordan in various economic fields and to work jointly to increase the volume of bilateral trade within the framework of the Jordan-EU Association Agreement and the rules of origin pact.

The two sides also agreed to activate the liaison coordination in order to identify export priorities and to link the Jordanian private sector with its Maltese counterpart.

Source: Jordan News Agency