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UNCLAS AMMAN 009252
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.