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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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…

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Trust in Trumponomics

Ignore the naysayers—Donald Trump’s economic plans will be good for the United States, Jordan, and the rest of the world. Say what you like about the man himself, but Donald Trump is moving into the White House with some progressive…

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Towards a Steady but Unspectacular 2017

While it’s unrealistic to expect fireworks from Jordan’s economy in 2017, boosting capital investment and launching more PPP projects should help achieve respectable levels of growth. After almost six years of stagnation, the global economic outlook for 2017 still looks…

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No Rule of Law, No FDI

Without striving for an independent and transparent legal system, Jordan will struggle to attract desperately needed FDI. “We cannot achieve sustainable development, empower our creative youth or successfully execute our development plans unless we develop state administration and enhance the…

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Empowering the Regions

All of Jordan’s governorates, not just Amman and Aqaba, hold huge economic potential. The challenge facing us is how to unleash it. By Khalid Wazani How bad is income inequality in Jordan? Is it fair to say its economy is…