Author Archives: Khalid W. Wazani

About Khalid W. Wazani

Khalid Wazani is the Strategy and Knowledge Adviser to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation in Dubai. Contact him on: khalid.wazani@mbrf.ae
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Reasons for Cheer in 2018

After a decade or so in the doldrums, things are finally looking up for Jordan’s economy. Evidence from both the global and regional arena warrant saying that Jordan is moving towards a growth cycle, leaving the bottleneck of the last…

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Jordan’s Knowledge Scorecard

An important new global knowledge index highlights the areas where Jordan is excelling and struggling. According to the first edition of the Global Knowledge Index (GKI), which was recently set up by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation…

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Countdown to NEOM

Saudi Arabia’s planned $500 billion NEOM mega-city could easily become one of the most important economic development projects in the MENA region. And Jordan would have an important part in making it a success. The wildly ambitious NEOM business and…

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The Value of Good Service

Countries over the world fully grasp the important role good services can play in the development of strong and competitive economies. So why doesn’t Jordan? In the current division of economic development stages for nations, only those with outstanding service…

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Falling Behind

Jordan was ranked a mediocre 65 out of 137 countries in the World Economic Forum’s latest global competitiveness report. When will we admit that our economy isn’t being run effectively? According to the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic…

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The Aid Conundrum

Jordan has received generous amounts of foreign aid over recent years. So why has it had such little impact on the economy? Jordan has long depended on foreign financial assistance to get by. Aid has played a crucial role in…

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What Must Be Done

Economy of Jordan State When it comes to grappling with the perilous state of Jordan’s economy, there are many factors which are out of the government’s control. But there are modest steps it can immediately take to set the country…

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Jordan’s Dutch Disease

Back in the early 1970s, a huge natural gas windfall gifted the Netherlands a strong currency and a budget surplus, but failed to improve fundamental underlying weaknesses in the country’s economy such as its uncompetitive industrial base. The term ‘Dutch…

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Playing the Long Game

If we want our economy to prosper, we need to start planning for the long-term.

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How to Really Aid Our Development

Rather than asking for more aid to keep a lid on the government’s self-inflicted budget deficit, we should be encouraging foreign governments to invest in economically viable infrastructure projects. Jordan has always been a well-deserved recipient of foreign aid. Having…