One year after Abdullah II became King of Jordan he addressed his country in a 10-minute televised speech.
On Monday in Amman, he said that Jordan's economy has been his top priority.
Abdullah, 38 years old, has become King of Jordan after his father, King Hussein, died a year ago.
Abdullah has worked in the past year to speed up economic reforms to remedy the country's economic woes.
Jordan is saddled by a 7 (b) billion U-S dollar foreign debt.
At least 20 percent of the country's population live in poverty. Unemployment is
officially put at 14 percent.
Abdullah is the eldest son of the late King Hussein from his second marriage to Toni Gardiner, a Briton who adopted the name of Muna al-Hussein when she converted to Islam upon her marriage in 1960.
Hussein ruled Jordan for more than four decades before he died of cancer at the age of 63.
He had four other sons and six daughters from four marriages.
"On this day, King Hussein has left us. I lost my father who built Jordan, the homeland of Mankind. The man who could face challenges and difficulties to achieve objectives. We stand, on this occasion, together. As part of our commitment to King Hussein we continue what he achieved in his life."