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    6th Polish Jordanian Business Forum convenes

    Abeer Nouman
    AMMAN, Dec 07, 2009

    The 6th Polish Jordanian Business Forum convened Sunday in a bid to increase the volume of trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.

    The forum hosted officials from Jordan and Poland, and representatives from 30 Polish companies and around the same number of Jordanian enterprises with their various products on display.

    Industry and Trade Minister Amer Hadidi, who inaugurated the forum, voiced hope that the gathering will yield fruit in enhancing bilateral relations, especially in the areas of investment and trade.

    Addressing the attendees, Hadidi highlighted the growth witnessed in Jordanian-Polish trade in 2008 compared to the previous year.

    Rafal Baniak, the deputy minister of economy of the Republic of Poland, said: "The Polish ministry of economy attaches great importance to Jordanian-Polish ties in all fields, especially economic cooperation."

    "Jordan is a very important partner of Poland", he said, adding that our cooperation shows possibilities that our countries can offer each other.

    Speaking at the forum, organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Jordan Europe Business Association (JEBA), Piotr Wiesiolek, the deputy chairman of the National Bank of Poland, said: "In this time of crisis, working together is better than working alone."

    Several Jordanian businessmen were present at the forum to tap opportunities for joint ventures with Polish industries while some other Jordanian businessmen have already hammered agreements with Polish partners.

    Samer Al Sharu, the general manager of Natural Care, a Jordanian company specialised in natural care and health products, said his company has signed an agreement with the Golden Desert, a Polish enterprise, to become Natural Care's agent in Poland.

    Also Golden Desert, represented by businessmen Adam Cebula and Hayssam Obeidat, agreed with Sharu and Hazem Tamimi, who is general manager of Malls and Amusement Parks Consultancy, to set up an enterprise called "the Jordanian Polish Company for General Trade" at a capital of $1 million.

    The new enterprise will work in various fields, including consultancy and renewable energy, Sharu said.

    Underlining the positive economic aspects of Poland, chargA d'affaires of the Polish embassy in Jordan, Krzysztof Bojko, said this year Poland has been the only country in Europe observing a positive growth rate.

    Although Poland, like other world countries, has been affected by the global financial crisis, "the impact has been slight", Bojko said, adding: "Reforms implemented in Poland were behind the reduced impact."

    In addition to reforms, the past two-three Polish governments have done a lot, he said, noting that Poland enjoys a broad domestic market as it has a 40-million population.

    On cooperation with Jordan, he remarked, Jordan could be a very good partner, especially as the Kingdom has large potentials.

    Alongside the business forum, a large economic delegation from the Polish city of Lodz is currently visiting the Kingdom. The delegates are scheduled to meet with several Jordanian officials this week, the Polish chargA d'affaires told The Jordan Times.

    Source: The Jordan Times

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    Library instils reading culture among Anjara residents

    By Taylor Luck

    ANJARA - Eleven-year-old Aramis Ayoub barely read a book before the Anjara library opened in 2008.

    "We had no books here, there was no library in Anjara. I was never really interested," he told The Jordan Times yesterday.

    Now a voracious reader, Ayoub said he has gone through every storybook in the library since it was established 18 months ago.

    Meanwhile, Dana Haddad, 11, said she spends many afternoons in the learning centre, poring over nonfiction books.

    "It's nice to have Arabic books on different subjects; I learn something new every day," she said, noting that she particularly likes books on the Kingdom's history.

    In order to boost learning in the Ajloun Governorate village, the Polish embassy supplied over 1,000 books from Lebanon on Monday, as part of its efforts to support learning at the local level.

    "These books come as Poland's commitment to promote learning and strengthen Jordanian-Polish ties," Polish Ambassador Krysztof Bojko said during a ceremony yesterday.

    The Polish government extended 12,000 euros for the purchase of the books to increase the titles available in Anjara and Smakiyyeh in Karak.

    "This is a chance to give something to the local community, and I hope the library will continue as a meeting place for all Anjara residents," Bojko told The Jordan Times

    Imad Twal, director general of the Latin Patriarch school administration, said the library comes as its efforts to increase learning at the community level, stressing that the initiative supports both Muslim and Christian students, as well as local residents.

    Under a programme titled, "Maktabti", or my library, the learning centre was established in early 2008 adjacent to the Latin School in Anjara, where some 200 students are enrolled.

    Financed by a $35,000 grant from the Polish ministry of foreign affairs and implemented by Family International Community Services, the library houses thousands of Arabic books as well as a computer corner, providing students with e-learning tools and other multimedia learning programmes.

     

    Source: The Jordan Times 

     

    Anjara students welcome new library

    By Taylor Luck, "The JordanTimes"

    ANJARA - Ten-year-old Uday eagerly flipped through the pages of a book on ancient Egypt in a new children's library that opened on Friday.

    "Now I can finally read all these books," said the student, who had been anxiously waiting for this day.

    Under a programme entitled, "Maktabati", or my library, the learning centre was established adjacent to the Latin School in Anjara, which Uday and some 200 students attend.

    Financed by a $35,000 grant from the Polish ministry of foreign affairs and implemented by Family International Community Services (FICS), the library boasts thousands of Arabic books as well as a computer corner, providing students with e-learning tools and other multimedia learning programmes.

    Uday said he was looking forward to using the Internet to learn more about dinosaurs, while 12-year-old Zaher noted that he will read about engineering, his career of choice.

    The facility will also be open to the public and serve the wider community of the greater Ajloun area.

    With a broad range of ages and aspirations in Anjara, the centre clearly is a library for all ages.

    "This is the finest collection of books I've seen in all my life," 18-year-old Khaled told The Jordan Times, adding that he plans to use the centre to help him prepare for a Sharia programme at the University of Jordan.

    Maktabti is a new initiative aiming to establish libraries in rural areas and small towns.

    According to a Polish embassy official, due to the pilot project's success, several similar centres are expected to be built throughout the Kingdom.

    FICS official Elisabeth Graham said it took six months to find, purchase and catalogue the books.

    Watching the reaction of Anjara students on Friday, it all seemed worth it.

    "It's great to see the children so engaged, but I don't know if the books will hold up to all this usage," she told The Jordan Times.

    With Prince Mired in attendance, Polish Ambassador Andrzej Biera inaugurated the project, highlighting continued Polish support to the Kingdom and the Anjara community.

    Father Hanna Keldani, who oversees the Latin School, stressed that the centre is for the whole community and for all faiths and serves as a symbol of the country's social cohesiveness.

    Uday, meanwhile, was too busy poring over the new centre's countless titles to be concerned with the library's symbolic importance.

    "It's going to take awhile, but I'm going to read every single one," he boasted as he picked up his third book.

    24 February 2008

    Source: The Jordan Times

     

    Marian Sobula - classical piano at its best

    By Jean-Claude Elias
    From the massive chords of Szymanowski's third sonata to the delicate arpeggios of Ravel's "Gaspard de la nuit" that sounded like trickling rain, and from the subtle elegance of Chopin's scherzo to the devilish rhythm of Liszt's "Mephisto Waltz", Polish piano virtuoso Marian Sobula displayed an amazing array of artistic resources and refined taste.
    Except for the first two pieces by Chopin, the famous polonaise in A flat (op.53, No.6) and the Waltz in A flat (op.34, No.1, valse brillante) that are considered of average difficulty, the other four pieces performed by Sobula were very challenging and allowed the artist to demonstrate all his technique. The first two pieces by Chopin actually served as a warm-up, for it is indeed with third one, Chopin's Scherzo in B minor, that Sobula started to reveal the full extent of his immense talent.
    Still, opening the recital with the popular polonaise was smart programming. It is probably Chopin's most played, best-known composition. It has a melodic, lyrical line one can easily remember and its character conveys Chopin's mother country particularly well, hence its name in French. It delighted the audience.
    Sobula played to a full house. The recital was clearly more enjoyable than the typical classical musical event in Amman thanks to an audience that was particularly quiet and always respectful of the quiet passages.
    Sobula is a very expressive performer, more so than most of the new generation pianists. He takes the meaning of musical expression to the extreme. His "forte" are really loud and strong, and his "piani" very soft and as delicate as they can be. More importantly perhaps is his near-perfect sense of tempo. Whereas the young virtuosi of today would rush, with a clear tendency to show off and impress with their technique and sheer speed, Sobula takes the time to give each passage the ideal tempo, as slow as it must be. The result is mature performance, with a character that enhances music exquisitely.
    This mastery and this great sense of tempo were particularly heard in the two long pieces that the artist positioned in the middle of the recital: Szymanowski's sonata and Ravel's "Gaspard de la nuit".
    Szymanowski's work, however, was a rather difficult one, not only from the performer's perspective but also from the audience's. For most of those present in the concert hall it was hard to "feel" it or understand it. Very contemporary and complex in all its elements, the sonata didn't really appeal to the audience, at least not as much as the other pieces did. Yet, upon leaving the theatre at the end of the recital some connoisseurs rightly expressed their admiration for Sobula's truly amazing technique and the way he played the sonata.
    The pianist performed at the Terra Sancta College Theatre on Sunday, at the invitation of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, and in the frame of Szymanowski celebration year. Sobula is one of the most prestigious pianists in Poland, a country already famous for its classical piano heritage.

    27 November 2007

    Source: The Jordan Times

     

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