Queen Rania meets visiting Islamic Development Bank delegation

Islamic Development Bank (IDB) meeting

June 22, 2008

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Amman) As a follow-up to her last visit to the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last April, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met, in Amman, an IDB delegation visiting the Kingdom to further explore channels of co-operation with organizations working in community empowerment and microfinance.

The delegation consisted of the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development Advisor, Suleiman Ahmad Salem, IDB Deputy Secretary General, Ghassan Al Baba, and Director of Operations and Economy Specialist, Hussam Morad, as well as the Officer-in-Charge of Operations in Jordan, Hassan Abdulmajeed Musa, and Microfinance Expert, Abdulaziz Al Salawi Al Andalucy.

During the meeting, Her Majesty commended the Bank’s work and efforts in combating poverty, empowering local communities and vocational training. Queen Rania also highlighted the existing co-operation between Jordan and the Bank.

At the meeting, the delegation was also briefed on activities, initiatives and organizations led and chaired by Her Majesty, including the Jordan River Foundation (JRF), Madrasati (My School), Bridges of Hope and the National Microfinance Bank (NMB).

During their trip to the country, the delegation also visited the Ministry of Planning and International Co-operation, where they met the ministry’s secretary-general as well as the director of the Development and Employment Fund. The delegation also visited the Jordan Valley, where they toured projects currently implemented by JRF in the Deir Alla District.

JRF Director, Valentina Qussisiya, underscored the importance of the Bank’s partnership with community-based organizations, noting that it supports local programs that have been initiated by Her Majesty.

Relations between the IDB and Jordan are strong, with 1.5 billion dollars spent on economic and social projects that have been implemented since the inception of the Bank’s Jordan offices.

The Kingdom also actively supports the Bank’s initiatives, the latest of which was Jordan’s contribution to the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, which was established to combat poverty in member states.