As part of its developmental plans in the Dead Sea Development Zone (DSDZ), particularly the area of Sweimeh, the Development Zones Commission (DZC) signed an agreement with the Modern Surveying Office (MSO), whereby the latter will conduct the necessary field studies in and formulate detailed organizational plans of the Sweimeh area.
The agreement was signed between DZC's Chief Commissioner Bilal Bashir and Lutfi Alshaikh from the Modern Surveying Office (MSO).
This initiative comes to reaffirm DZC's commitment to transforming the development landscape in the Dead Sea area by placing organizational solutions that would serve the best interest of its residents. A meeting was organized that brought together representatives of the local community in Sweimeh with a number of public officials and members of DZC's management, during which the residents of Sweimeh requested a thorough solution to the organizational deficits within the area. These deficits include a lack of consistency between land schematics and organizational plans, in addition to the absence of a clear mechanism for dealing with unlicensed construction operations and intrusions on private properties. The residents also requested the expansion of the organizational jurisdiction to include the Sweimeh district.
"DZC is committed to solving all issues affecting the residents of Sweimeh, which is an integral element in the development process of the Dead Sea area," commented Bashir. "Clear-cut mechanisms must be in place to address the various issues plaguing the area, including intrusions and lackluster regulations. These mechanisms must be placed via a systemized, transparent approach to guarantee sustainable real estate development with homogeneity in all elements, including investment, population and civil environment. Our prime objective is to secure the satisfaction of all parties involved, particularly that future developmental projects require collective participation to reach fruition. Sustainable development in the area will secure better living conditions for its residents and will help transform it into a lucrative investment front."
The agreement will entail a survey of 12,364 dunnums of land to identify and address all regulatory deficits in the area. DZC, being the entity entrusted to supervise the developmental efforts at the DSDZ, opted to outsource the services from a qualified engineering company with a longstanding experience in this regard, in order to devise both short and long-term solutions to these issues in a manner that would fall in line with the developmental objectives outlined in the area.
DZC is the Jordanian governmental entity – financially and administratively independent – responsible for creating, regulating and monitoring the Development Zones in Jordan. Established in 2008, under the Development Zones Law, the Commission aims at increasing Jordan's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), facilitating the creation of economic growth within certain zones towards enhancing the economic capability of the Kingdom, and creating an advanced investment environment for economic activities. DZC Board of Commissioners alongside to a One Stop Shop team administers, supervises and centrally approves comprehensive investment related administrative matters, expediting all governmental services quickly and efficiently in one location, while also providing a number of investment incentive and tax and customs exemptions.
DZC operates six development areas in various parts of the Kingdom, including the King Hussein Bin Talal Development Area in Mafraq, the Maan Development Area, the Irbid Development Area, the Dead Sea Development Area, the Jabal Ajloun Development Area and the Business Park Development Zone.
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