Representatives of the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are starting their virtual visit to Jordan today. It will allow shareholder representatives to meet with policymakers, businesses and civil society organisations. The discussions will focus on efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the Jordanian economy.
On behalf of the host country Jordan, Sarah Fountain Smith, Director for Canada, Jordan , Morocco and Tunisia will welcome:
- Jens Lundsgaard, Director for Denmark, Lithuania, Ireland and Kosovo
- Manuela Nenna, Director for Italy
- Per Sanderud, Director for Norway, Finland, Latvia and Lebanon
- Sergey Verkashanskiy, Director for the Russian Federation, Belarus and Tajikistan.
- Karina Karaivanova, Alternate Director for Poland, Bulgaria and Albania
- John Kriegsman, Alternate Director for the United States of America
- Alon Messer, Alternate Director for Austria, Israel, Cyprus, Malta, Kazakhstan, and Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Mark Paskins, Alternate Director for the United Kingdom
- Vincent Pringault, Alternate Director for France
- Brigitte Schwadorf-Ruckdeschel, Alternate Director for Germany.
The EBRD Board representatives will meet Jordan’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation and EBRD Governor, Nasser Shraideh, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Adel ِAl-Zawati, the Ministry’s Secretary General, Amani Al Azzam, and the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan, Adel Al Sharkas.
The delegation will also meet the Mayor of the Greater Amman Municipality, Yousef Shawarbeh, the Managing Director of the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO), Amjad Rawashdeh, and representatives of civil society organisations and the business community.
In addition, they will participate in a roundtable discussion with development partners, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, KfW Development Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Canadian governmental department Global Affairs Canada.
Since the start of its operations in Jordan in 2012, the EBRD has provided more than €1.5 billion in financing for 60 projects.