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Minister of Tourism opens Jordanian-Slovenian forum on medical tourism.

Amman, May 14 (Petra) - Minister of Planning and International Cooperation and Minister Of Tourism and Antiquities Ibrahim Saif has said a World Bank report ranked Jordan No. 1 in the Middle East and North Africa and No. 5 globally in the field of medical tourism.

During the inauguration of the Jordanian-Slovenian Forum for Medical Tourism, Saif stated that Jordan had achieved an international reputation as a provider of excellent quality services, with 102 state-of-the-art public and military hospitals that feature cutting-edge technology.

"The control over infectious diseases in Jordan is very strong. Therefore, the incidence rate of serious diseases, such as AIDS and tuberculosis, is the lowest in the region and the world. Besides, some diseases such as Malaria and Cholera have been eradicated since the 1980s," he noted.

The minister said the medical services in Jordan played an important role during the Arab Spring by assisting patients from Libya, Syria, Yemen and Iraq, which provided the medical sector of Jordan with a revenue of $1.2 billion annually, or 4.5% of the national gross domestic product (GDP).

He pointed out that the growth of the pharmaceutical sector, the availability of high-quality tourism services, such as hotels and resorts, and easy access to financial services, such as financing, insurance and government support, helped in the rapid development of the medical sector.

"The presence of the Dead Sea and Ma'een hot springs also supported this sector, as they are the focus of attention of several countries in the European Union," Saif explained.

The Slovenian Ambassador to Jordan, Robert Kokalj, urged Jordanian-Slovenian companies concerned in the medical tourism field to boost investment in tourism and resort projects in both countries and also engage in the exchange of expertise.

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14/5/2013 - 06:59:30 PM

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