The IMF chief also lauded the success of the fiscal and monetary policies in Jordan, which in turn were able to maintain financial and monetary stability, and the success of the Jordanian fiscal policy in reducing the deficit and debt for the third year in a row without raising taxes by expanding the tax base by fighting tax avoidance and evasion.
The Prime Minister underlined the importance of the economic reform program signed between the government and the IMF, which was designed by Jordanians, and is based on national goals set by the government, through which it raised the competitiveness of the economy, maintained macro, financial and monetary stability, attracted foreign and domestic investments, increased levels of growth, and provided job opportunities, which Jordan was able to achieve through implementing structural reforms that led to raising the Jordanian credit rating as many countries witnessed a decrease in their rating.
The Prime Minister discussed with the European Commissioner for Economy, former Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, aspects of cooperation and strategic partnership between Jordan and the European Union (EU) in various fields.
Khasawneh expressed Jordan’s appreciation for the EU support to the Kingdom with the aim of making its development programs and modernization plans a success, stressing keenness to expand horizons of partnership and cooperation between the two sides in various fields.
In turn, Gentiloni expressed the EU’s appreciation for the strategic partnership with Jordan, and its support for the reform efforts, especially in addressing economic challenges and the economic modernization vision, lauding Jordan’s great role and contributions in hosting refugees and providing them with services, and the serious endeavor to establish security and stability in the region.