The Ministry of Planning was established in 1984 as the successor to the National Planning Council, and it operates under the Planning Law No. 68 of 1971. The Ministry of Planning was renamed to "the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation" on October 25, 2003, to operate with the contents of the same law, functions and duties.
The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation endeavors to promote a culture of excellence, good governance, sustainable development and improvement in accordance with best practices, and activate its role and its desired goal in development, planning, and international cooperation, so as the interest of the country and the citizen. The ministry is also keen to maintain the strategic planning approach in order to keep up with the latest developments and meet challenges, in line with national priorities and to achieve national goals, which in turn will lead to outstanding performance and be reflected in the quality of service provided. This was translated through (King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Government Performance and Transparency- the first position) that was awarded to the Ministry more than once, reflecting its excellence and leadership in adopting the procedures and regulations that would establish the collective participatory work system.
Hence, the ministry has prepared the ministry's strategic plan for the years 2020-2022, in accordance with the standard work procedure “Preparing, publishing, reviewing and following up the strategic plan” annex (2), by adopting the participatory approach and with a wide-ranging contribution by all the directorates and administrative units in the Ministry, As it started to review the following plans and documents: the previous strategic plan 2017-2019, the improvement plan for the evaluation report of the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Government Performance and Transparency, the improvement plan for the evaluation report of the Ministry's Governance practices and the annual performance report for 2018, and the related documents, this was done through a technical team formed by the Ministry, In addition to reviewing the formulation of the Ministry's vision, message and core values, and then formulating strategic goals with measurable performance indicators, through which the ministry seeks to contribute to achieving the national goals.
The strategic goals were based on strategic options emanating from an integrated analysis of the internal and external environment by identifying the elements of strength and weakness related to eight determinants governing the internal environment, as well as identifying opportunities and challenges facing the ministry, that relate to eight determinants, and the legal dimension of the external analysis was also added.
It is worth noting the supportive role provided by the senior management represented by the steering committee throughout all work stages, In preparation for the plan's approval, publication, and official circulation, taking into account the sharing of this plan with the Ministry's partners and stakeholders, within the framework of follow-up and evaluation, the strategic plan will be reviewed and evaluated annually to determine the achievement.
Many achievements were realized in the areas of development and planning at the national and local levels, the most important of which were:
- Three development plans were produced, the first of which is "The Three-Year Development Plan for 1973-1975 ", followed by two five-year plans, namely, "The Five-Year Development Plan for 1976-1980" and" The Economic and Social Development Plan for 1981-1985".
- Since the ministry of planning was established in 1984, and through the year 2009, a series of development plans and executive programs such as "The Economic and Social Plan for 1993-1997" was prepared.
- In 2001, the program of economic and social transformation was prepared to complete a package of laws that would speed up the process of reform and modernization and prepare the private sector to be a genuine partner in the development process.
- The three-year plan for economic and social development for the period (2004-2006) was also drawn up with the aim of adopting economic policies and measures that will contribute to a qualitative shift in the performance of the national economy and result in a significant change in the quality and standard of living of the citizen.
- The 2007-2009 Executive Program and the 2011-2013 Development Executive Program were also prepared on the basis of the "kluna al'ardun" We are All Jordan initiative and the national agenda that identified Jordan's national priorities for the next 10 years 2006-2015.
- The 2013-2016 government action plan and 2013-2016 governorates development programs were prepared based on sectorial strategies as well as royal guidelines and initiatives aimed at enhancing the local community role in the decision-making process.
- In 2015, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation held and managed the meetings of the seventeen sectorial technical committees that were formed to lead the development process of the "Jordan Document 2025". order to put the outputs of the document into practice, it was agreed to prepare medium-term implementation programs, the first of these programs covers the years 2016-2019, so the executive development program for 2016-2019 has been prepared, and the program came comprehensive and integrated to cover all aspects of the sectors of economic and social development, taking into account the interdependence and complementarity between them, as the working teams diagnosed the current reality, identified challenges and subsequently formulated sectorial goals and sub-targets for the years 2016-2019, and linked those goals to the initiatives of the "Jordan document 2025".
- The outcomes of the governorates' development program and the recommendations of the economic clusters' teams have been also integrated into the executive development program and according to economic and social sectors.
- A road map has been prepared for implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, Which is represented in community awareness and setting priorities of the goals and objectives of the 2030 Agenda, linking it with national priorities, and integrating it into national plans and into the executive development program 2016-2019