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04AMMAN9252
2004-11-21 08:11:00
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Embassy Amman
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POST SUPPORT FOR MEPI PROGRAM IMPLEMENTERS

Tags:   AMGT  EAID  ECON  KDEM  KPAO  PREL  JO  KMPL 
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						UNCLAS AMMAN 009252 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/PI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT EAID ECON KDEM KPAO PREL JO KMPL
SUBJECT: POST SUPPORT FOR MEPI PROGRAM IMPLEMENTERS

REF: SECSTATE 238836



1. Following are answers to questions posed in reftel.

2.a. MEPI implementers are not registered as NGOs.
b. Jordan's Ministry of Planning prefers that all
organizations providing technical or economic assistance
funded by the USG be registered under the bilateral
administrative agreement. MEPI grantees are currently
registered under this agreement, although MOP has stated a
preference for a separate MOU controlling all MEPI funds and
operations in Jordan. In practice, if an incoming
organization requests Embassy assistance, they would be
advised to register under the bilateral agreement. If an
organization does not seek Embassy assistance, they would
probably be directed to register as NGOs through the
Ministry of Social Development, a much more arduous
process.
A related question that has not been fully explored:
Whether a MEPI grantee whose sole purpose is Iraq-related,
but who establishes its office in Jordan, would be eligible
to register under the bilateral agreement. At this point we
are not aware of any organizations that do not have a Jordan
component to their funded activities.
c. There are no significant barriers to the services
mentioned.
d. Implementers have the right to purchase insurance, but
are not obliged to do so. Insurance can be expensive. Post
has no data on the individual decisions made by
implementers.
e. Registered organizations enjoy preferential status
compared to local businesses.
f. Amcit implementers should register their presence with
the Consular Section and should follow the general security
guidelines made available to the Amcit community. RSO has
provided security briefings and advice to MEPI grantee
organizations requesting such, but this is not mandatory.
RSO has also done security audits on potential premises,
reviewed and advised on evactuation plans, etc. upon
request.
g. Post is not currently providing the referenced post
services to MEPI implementers. As most facilities are
readily available in Jordan, post believes implementers are
not unduly disadvantaged.
h. We are not aware of any organization mis-representing
themselves to host government officials. The larger post
concern is that representations made by these organizations
do not run counter to Embassy strategy on sensitive issues.
This is a continuing concern, especially with growing
numbers of grantee organizations establishing permanent
offices in Amman. Although the NGOs may perceive themselves
as being independent of the USG, many Jordanians will not.

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