Aqaba Community and Economic Development (ACED II) Program
The Aqaba Community and Economic Development (ACED) Program was a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), benefiting the people and businesses of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ).
The ACED II Program is a new 18 months follow–on program based in Aqaba city and is composed of activities under three major technical areas of work:
- Improved ASEZA Institutional and Service Capacity: Under this component, ACED II will work to strengthen ASEZA as an institution and ensure that ASEZA is better able to service its citizens and promote economic growth in Aqaba.
- Strengthened Private Sector: The ACED II project will continue to support development of the private sector in Aqaba with a focus on providing support to MSMEs and strengthening of business associations.
- Enhanced Community Participation: The ACED II project will continue to support local community activities in Aqaba with a focus on sustaining the relationship between the Neighbourhood Development Activity (NDA) and ASEZA.
Additionally, cross-cutting training and a grants and commodities program will support all areas of the Program.