The Israel-Jordan Committee for Security and Transportation convened to discuss advancing the "Jordan Gate" project - a joint Israel-Jordan industrial and employment zone which will be established in the regional council area, about six kilometers south of the Jordan River crossing.
The Jordan River Crossing is the international border crossing between Beit She'an, Israel, and Irbid, Jordan. Opened in November 1994, it is one of three crossings for tourists between the two countries.
The purpose of the project is to establish a joint industrial zone, which on the Jordanian side will consist of Israeli and Jordanian factories, while the Israeli side will serve as a logistic base and for the transfer of goods to ports in Israel. A bridge will be built for the passage of goods and pedestrians between each side.
The establishment of the industrial zone is intended to deepen the economic and trade relations between Jordan and Israel and, accordingly, cooperation and stability in the region.
In addition, the industrial zone will expand employment opportunities for residents of the region - Israeli and Jordanian - and will contribute to the strengthening and development of the region.