Canadian Minister of International Trade visits Arab Potash Company plant in Ghor Safi
- Jordan: Saturday, October 13 - 2012 at 11:00
- PRESS RELEASE
The Honorable Ed Fast, Canadian Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and H.E. Mark Gwozdecky, the Canadian Ambassador to Jordan, visited Arab Potash Company's 'APC' plant in Ghor Safi, Jordan. The visiting delegation was accompanied by APC's General Manager Keith Thornton and members of the senior Jordanian management team.
While on site, they discussed upgrades, improvements and capital expenditures that have been implemented since PotashCorp's investment in APC in 2003.
APC's Manager of Pans and Harvesters Basem Khaled, Production Director Mohammad Abu Gheyab and Technical Manager Jamal Amera gave detailed explanations of the complex workings of the facility. The visiting delegation was also briefed on some of the recently adopted safety measures and the latest expansion plans.
"I am pleased that world-class companies like PotashCorp are succeeding in the Jordanian market," said Minister Fast who is leading a trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Jordan. "In fact, as the largest Canadian investment in Jordan, PotashCorp's success here is clear proof of how our growing trade and investment ties are providing benefits to people in both countries," he added.
In turn, Thornton stated, "We are proud to have hosted the Canadian Minister and the Canadian Ambassador at our plant in Southern Ghor, and would like to thank them for their interest in remaining abreast of the latest updates at the plant. I would also like to reaffirm APC's unwavering commitment to continuously delivering premium products that are on par with international standards to over 15 markets across the world including Jordan."
APC enjoys Jordanian, Canadian and Arab investments and is a modern example of how consolidating efforts can help Jordanians tap into the global potash market and gain socioeconomic rewards in the form of more jobs, higher wages and greater community investment.
In addition to being a major Jordanian employer, APC heavily invests in corporate social responsibility 'CSR' initiatives and programs in Ghor Safi. In 2012, APC increased its overall CSR budget to JD5m from JD3.16m in 2011 - with the possibility of allocating additional funds for governorate development projects - to empower local communities.
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