Jordan revamp border crossing with Iraq, Syria

Trade to receive boost after improved infrastructure

08 November, 16:02

    AMMAN - Jordan has embarked on projects to modernize its border crossing with Iraq and Syria as part of plans to boost cross border trade with the war torn countries and revive trade and transport sectors, officials said on Thursday.
    On the eastern borders with Iraq, the government has approved an EU funded projects, valued at 6.5 million to implement a modernization of al Karama crossing, Petra news agency said.
    The agreement was signed between the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
    "The project aims to develop the crossing's technical and infrastructure, construct buildings for entities working at the border center, provide the necessary equipment for operations and specialized training for cadres working in border's management and combating drugs and crime," said Petra quoting officials.
    The Al-Karamah border crossing between Jordan and Iraq is one of the important border crossings that Jordan relies on to increase its exports to Iraq and the movement of people between the two countries.
    Meanwhile, the government earlier this week approved another project to revamp Naseeb border with Syria, weeks after traffic between the two countries resumed following years of closure. Dozens of trade and forward companies have also been setup near the borers as trade exchange slowly returned to normality.
    A dilapidated border infrastructure with the two countries has hampered flow of goods and passengers with the two countries, according to traders. 

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