The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Japan renews support to Jordan by improving vocational training facilities

The Government of Japan announced a new assistance package from its supplementary budget of 2017 to assist the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

As part of the assistance package, UNOPS will implement, on behalf of the Government of Japan, the project entitled ‘Social Stability in Jordan through Improved Capacity Support to the Vocational Training Corporation,’ for a total of $2 million.

The project is a continuation of the strong partnership between UNOPS and the Government of Japan in Jordan, and builds on the successful collaboration with the Vocational Training Corporation (VTC). The project will support the rehabilitation, expansion and equipping of a total of three vocational training institutes in Amman and Irbid Governorates. The project aims to provide improved vocational support and services to Jordanian youth, promoting social stability in Jordan. In addition, the project will complement the capacity development support provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the VTC.

On the occasion of the announcement of the project, H.E. Mr. Hidenao Yanagi, Ambassador of Japan to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan stated: “In Jordan, the Government of Japan has worked closely with UNOPS since 2014 and highly appreciates its cooperation. Currently, there is a clear need in enhancing the employability of youth through vocational training to promote economic development; and in this regard, the Government of Japan has been providing its support to UNOPS to enhance the capacity of Vocational Training Corporation since 2017, and has also been providing technical assistance to VTC through JICA. I sincerely hope that our new assistance to UNOPS, which amounts to $2 million, will be effectively used to enhance the employability of youth, and thereby assist Jordan with overcoming the economic stagnation with the power of the young generation.”

Ms. Bana Kaloti, UNOPS Middle East Region Director added: “We are pleased to further our successful relationship with the Government of Japan in supporting Jordan’s efforts to enhance the quality of vocational training. We hope this project will contribute to improved youth empowerment and their employability in the country.”

UNOPS has been supporting the Government of Jordan’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis since 2013, with projects both inside and outside of refugee camps.

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