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Background: The Jordanian Minister of Transport, Mr. Nadim Zarrou and the West German Charge d'Affaires, Mr. Alois Schlegl, signed an agreement in Amman on Saturday April 9 by which West Germany will grant Jordan 1.5 million DMs worth of equipment. It is destined for the airport at Aqaba New Town in southern Jordan and will be installed by West German experts.
Aqaba New Town holds a key position in the development of the Jordanian economy. It is situated at the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, almost within sight of the Israeli port of Eilat. The population if planned to grow from the present 13,000 to 45,0000 and all non-Arab goods must - by law - enter Jordan via the port. The Greek planner Constantine Doxiades has drawn up plans for the development of 12 miles of coast as a tourist area.
In 1972, Jordan received external assistance and loans to the value of JD48.4 million (420 million DM approx.)
SYNOPSIS: In Amman on Saturday, West Germany agreed to give Jordan 1 1/2 million Deutschmarks worth of equipment for Aqaba Airport.
The agreement was signed by the Jordanian Minister of Transport, Mr. Nadim Zarrou and the West German Charge d'Affaires, Mr. Alois Schlegl. The equipment will be installed by West German experts at the Airport of Aqaba New Town near the Israeli border.
It is considered the key town in the development of the economy in southern Jordan. The Government has decreed that all non-Arab goods must enter Jordan through the port and plans to greatly increase the present number of inhabitants. The airport will aid the rapidly growing tourist industry.
In 1972 Jordan received some 60 million pounds sterling in foreign assistance.