Amman Institute, one of the biggest knowledge centers in MENA

Published December 16th, 2009 - 11:20 GMT

Mayor of Amman, Omar Al Maani, ascertained that Amman city seeks partnership with the World Bank, and is keen on sharing knowledge with the world cities in the field of urban planning in which Amman was a pioneer, and was recently awarded for Amman Metropolitan Plan.

During the opening ceremony of the international conference for funding infrastructure of urbanization held in Singapore on 11/11/09, Al Maani said: "There are many regional cities asking Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) to share its experience and knowledge in urban planning of Amman city".

He declared that GAM founded Amman Institute to facilitate exchange of experiences, and it is considered as one of the biggest centers of knowledge in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and it represents an intellectual non profit organization that is capable of attracting and bringing the Arab talents back to the area.

He also stressed that Amman Institute is part of GAM's strategy to transform the capital into a regional metropolitan city of knowledge, and enable it to disseminate knowledge, instead of seconding human resources, to help Jordan and the whole area grow.

Al Maani said that his visit to Singapore enabled him and the institute to take the first steps towards joining Singapore in urban development, which should contribute to form an international network of the urban knowledge centers with the support of the World Bank. 

Speaking at the conference, World Bank President, Robert B. Zoellick, stated that the new strategy of the Bank was adopted to keep pace with the rapid urbanization process. Fifty percent of world's population lives in the cities; therefore, the World Bank concentrates on the urban sector to handle different issues such as the economical growth in the cities, poverty, and climate change.

According to the Director of Finance, Economy and Urban Development at the World Bank, Mrs. Zubeidah Aluwa, the Bank is interested in forging partnerships with regional centers of urban knowledge such as Amman Institute for Urban Development.

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