Embassy Marks Successful Completion of Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact in Jordan

March 15, 2017
In this photo: Ambassador Dina Kawar, Ambassador Stuart E. Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary-NEA, Mr. Jonathan Nash, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Mr. Alex Russin, Jordan Resident Country Director

By Ellie Sawyer - Intern, Jordan Information Bureau
Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2017) - The Embassy of Jordan hosted a reception this week to celebrate the successful completion of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact in Jordan.  This five year project, concluded in December 2016, was developed to alleviate Jordan’s water scarcity through expanding a waste-water treatment plant and rehabilitating water pipes.   Its long term results are estimated to last for 20 years, positively impacting over 3 million Jordanians.
The attendees included officials from the State Department, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank and affiliated international financing agencies, members of the diplomatic community, representatives from business and civil society groups, as well as various private and public sector representatives who played an active role in the planning, implementation, and completion of this Compact. 
In her welcoming remarks, Ambassador Dina Kawar noted that this project embodies His Majesty King Abdullah II’s vision for sustainable development projects that promote economic growth and prosperity for Jordanians.   Kawar described the Compact as “a successful model of collaboration” between the public and private sector institutions in both the US and Jordan.  Ambassador Kawar extended the Government of Jordan’s appreciation for MCC’s Acting CEO, Jonathan Nash,  Alex Russin, Jordan Resident Country Director, the entire MCC team, and US Embassy in Amman for their fearless advocacy, tireless efforts, and commitment in support of this Compact.
In his remarks, Ambassador Stuart Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, hailed the project as a “gold standard” for U.S.-Jordanian partnerships.  Ambassador Jones concluded by praising the leadership of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for its continuous support for such projects.
For his part, MCC’s Acting CEO, Mr. Jonathan Nash, highlighted the size and magnitude of the Compact.  He also elaborated on the AsSamra wastewater facility, which has now become self-sufficient on energy, running on auto-generated hydroelectric power. Nash praised the partnership and said, “what our teams collectively were able to achieve during this five year time frame is nothing short of remarkable.”
The MCC-Jordan Compact has won several international awards, including the “Country Commitment” award during the MCC 10-year anniversary celebrations in the Washington DC  in the fall of 2014;  Water and Energy Exchange International Award for Innovative Financing in February, 2013,  and the Best Water Project Award by World Finances Magazine in June, 2013.
For more information about the MCC Jordan Compact, visit: http://www.mca-jordan.gov.jo/
[Ellie Sawyer has been an intern at the Jordan Information Bureau since January. She is the Founder of Jordan Project, a grassroots NGO and aspires to provide permanent solutions for refugee host countries.]