Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presided over the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Signing Ceremony for the Jordan Compact at the U.S. Department of State on October 25, 2010. At the ceremony, the Secretary was joined by Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes, and Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar. The MCC Jordan Compact shows the strength of the U.S.-Jordan partnership.
Secretary Clinton said, "The United States will invest $275 million through the Millennium Challenge Corporation. I was very excited to share this good news with King Abdullah in person and I'm pleased to witness the official signing today. This will be a tangible demonstration of this friendship that exists between the people of Jordan and the people of the United States.
"Because of the upgrades that will be made to the water supply network and to improving waste water collection and expanding a key wastewater treatment plant, nearly two million people will gain more reliable access to clean water, many for the first time. These projects will help Jordan manage its water resources while saving money and protecting the environment. And over the long term, such improvements to Jordan's water system will help spur sustainable economic growth and improve public health. But the impact will be felt right away with much needed new construction jobs as projects begin. This is a real partnership."
In closing, the Secretary directed her words to the people of Jordan, "In a time when many families here in the United States are tightening their own belts and making difficult sacrifices, we are making this investment in your country because we believe in Jordan's promise and we are committed to Jordan's future. Americans understand that a strong and prosperous Jordan is good for the region and good for the world. We want to work with you to realize our shared aspirations and shape the future together. That is what this agreement is all about."
You can read the Secretary's full remarks here.