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Local news and events King visits Korea, China* His Majesty King Abdallah stressed on Wednesday Jordan's desire to establish strategic relations with Hong Kong and benefit from its experiment in attracting foreign investments, most notably in the maritime field.During his meeting with Governor of Hong Kong, Tung Chee-hwa, the King said that Jordan has trends to develop its relations with East Asia, pointing to the Chinese investments in Jordan, which are worth more than JD 30 million today. King Abdallah also expressed his government's readiness to present facilities to Hong Kong's companies willing to invest in re-building construction projects in Iraq. He extended an invitation to Chee-hwa to visit Jordan in a way to promote bilateral ties in all spheres.Chee-hwa, meanwhile, briefed the King on Hong Kong's approach in attracting international investments. He also welcomed the Jordanian invitation to establish joint strong relations, particularly in the maritime domain. King Abdallah's visit to Hong Kong comes within His Majesty's efforts to activate bilateral relations on the political and economic levels and to contribute to attracting further Asian investments, particularly after the success of a number of projects in the Qualified Industrial Zones.In an interview with the Chinese TV on Tuesday, King Abdallah said Jordan has strong economic ties with East Asian countries, especially with Japan, and South Korea in addition to China.The King reaffirmed Jordan's important role in highlighting the political issues in the Middle East, regarding the Palestinian issue. He also talked about the Jordanian intensive efforts that aim at reaching a just and comprehensive solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.In a special meeting organized by the Young Leaders Organization in Hong Kong, King Abdallah called on the businessmen of Hong Kong to benefit from the potential investment environment in Jordan, as he indicated by the economic and political stability that Jordan enjoys in a disquieting region. On the other hand, the King emphasized that the Iraqi interim government faces a great challenge embodied in achieving a secure and stable climate for rebuilding Iraq. Such a climate, he said, could be achieved in the future because the Iraqi interim government is exerting efforts to stop the daily carnage.King Abdallah's visit to China came days following his earlier visit to South Korea, where he met with Korean President, Ruh Mu Heun and discussed with him the required mechanisms to develop bilateral trade cooperation. King Abdallah and Heun also attended the signing ceremony of a number of bilateral agreements, including the Korean grant and loan to Jordan. The King's visit to Seoul also witnessed the meeting between him and representatives of major Korean companies, where he briefed them on the opportunities the Jordanian economy can provide them through partnerships with the Asian private sectors. He also met with a number of Asian economic leaderships, a number of Korean MPs and heads of chambers of industry and commerce. The King's forthcoming stop is Thailand where he is expected to meet with the senior officials and King of Thailand. His Majesty is accompanied by HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, HRH Prince Hashem Bin Al Hussein, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Bassem Awadallah and Minister of Finance Mohammad Abu Hammour. PM opens Ambassador's Forum * On behalf of His Majesty King Abdallah, Prime Minister Faisal El Fayez opened on Sunday the Third Jordanian Ambassadors Forum, which was held this year under the theme "Towards Enhancing Pioneering Role of Jordan's Diplomacy". El Fayez told participants that King Abdallah will provide Jordanian diplomatic missions in the world all the capacity to promote international economic relations and attract investments into the Kingdom. El Fayez said a fund for supporting Jordanian embassies would be established soon to support them on that regard. The conference was held for three days at the Dead Sea. Prince Hassan back from Lebanon * HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal concluded a visit to Lebanon during which he attended a graduation ceremony for the students of the Holy Spirit University in Beirut. Prince El Hassan was accompanied by HRH Prince Rashed Bin El Hassan, and met Lebanese President Emile Lahhoud, Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and senior government officials and religious leaders. Addressing the graduation ceremony at the university, Prince El Hassan called for establishing "a new regional order" based on moral and humanitarian solidarity that helps communities live in peace and security. He noted the challenges facing the Arab nation particularly the youth sector. He said the youth are the future of the nation and so they should be armed with knowledge and science. ILP delegates visit Salt * A delegation representing the International Leadership Program of the UN University, visited on Saturday the city of Salt where they looked into the municipality's activities, achievements and the Japanese development project there. Mayor of Salt, Taher Abul Samen, said the visit aims at looking into the development of Jordanian cities and the future plans of Salt. The delegation also visited Queen Rania Al Abdallah Hospital in Petra. The delegation included representatives from Pakistan, South Africa, Finland, China and Jordan. They hailed the advanced level of health sector in Jordan. Jordanian Islamic center in Sarajev * On behalf of His Majesty King Abdallah, Secretary General of Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) Abdel Salam Abbadi inaugurated in Sarajevo on Saturday the Jordanian Islamic Cultural Center. The $1 million project, funded by JHCO, includes a mosque, library and section for teaching the Holy Quran. Her Majesty Queen Rania laid the center's foundation stone in 1999 and inaugurated a number of Jordanian projects in several Bosnian towns then. Abbadi also attended the inauguration ceremony of a historical bridge destroyed by the civil war in Bosnia during the 1990s, and was rebuilt in Mostar city. Khader receives North Korean ambassador * The Government's Spokesperson, Asma Khader received on Sunday the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Korea Kim Pyong Nam. The meeting featured the bilateral relations. The meeting is the first of its kind after appointing Nam as a non-resident extraordinary ambassador to Jordan last June. Workshop on small/medium industries * On Monday, The Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST) organized a workshop on the impact of international trade agreements on the small/medium-sized industries. Members of the private and public sectors took part in the one-day workshop. It aimed at outlining the content of HCST's bulletin on supporting SMEs in Jordan. The council's Secretary General Khaled Shraydeh said the workshop tackled the first phase of the World Trade Organization agreement, the Euro-Jordanian association agreement, and the Free Trade Agreement with the US. GSD works on non-organized sector * The General Statistics Department (GSD), in cooperation with the UN Development Fund, organized a one-day workshop on the non-organized sector in Jordan that involves vast spectra of workers employed in non-registered jobs that are not included in the social security, retirement or health assurance systems. The workshop aimed to acquaint participants with the sector's importance and the need to take care of it. Trade Advisors Program launched * The Jordan-US Business Partnership (JUSBP) program officially launched the Certified Trade Advisors Program (CTAP), in cooperation with Jordan Exporters Association. The program aims to qualify national cadres involved in commercial activities and help them meet world standards in trade through enhancing knowledge and understanding in management, exporting and the Information and Communication Technology. Director of Aid Mission at the JUSBP, Anne Aams, said the new training program is the best of a kind in the world due to the quality expertise it provides, pointing to the role of coordination and partnership between the Jordanian private and public sectors in developing the national economy and entering the international market. Seminar on enhancing consumer's standards * A seminar on enhancing the role of producers and consumers in field of applying standards on goods and agricultural products began in Amman on Tuesday. The Arab Organization for Agricultural Development organized the seminar in cooperation with Arab Organization for Industrial Development and Mining and the Jordan Standards and Metrology Department (SMD). Experts from Arab public and private sectors and international agencies took part in the seminar. SMD Director General, Ahmad Hindawi, said international trade agreements require joint Arab action in the field of revising the reality of Arab agricultural standards and manufacturing policies with a view to keep pace with the international developments. FM, JIB sign MoU * The Foreign Ministry and the Jordan Investment Board (JIB) signed on Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate attracting Arab and foreign investments into Jordan. Under the agreement, which was signed on the sidelines of the Third Jordan Ambassadors' Forum, the Foreign Ministry will promote the investment climate in the Kingdom through its diplomatic missions abroad in cooperation with the JIB, which will work on training and qualifying diplomats to carry out the promotional campaigns. Student wins Indonesian award * The Jordanian Tareq Shalhoob from the Baccalaureate School won the first rank in the golden award of the International Indonesian competition for writing articles. Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, organized the competition. Forty-Two countries took part in the competition and Jordan presented 80 participations, five of which won awards. Deputy Mayor of Sliven meets with 'Ad-Dustour and The Star' * Representatives from the Ad-Dustour daily and The Star weekly newpapers met with Mr Benko Binkov, Deputy Mayor City of Sliven in Bulgaria, and Dr Hassan Barmawi, honorary consulate of Jordan in Sofia. Director General of the company, Seif El Sharif briefed the visiting delegates on the growing relations between Jordan and Bulgaria. At the end of the meeting, El Sharif presented a gift of appreciation to the Bulgarian delegate for his efforts in improving the bilateral relations.

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