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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Brand New Parliament, Same Old Challenges

When they’re sworn in later this month, Jordan’s newly-elected parliamentarians will face the same economic problems that bedeviled their predecessors. By Khalid W. Wazani By the end of this month a new parliament will be starting a new chapter in…

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The Next Budget

With its 2017 budget, the government has a golden opportunity to break with the past and present us with a more studied and transparent roadmap for our immediate economic future. The government is no doubt busy preparing its budget for…

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Cutting the IMF Chord

Having just signed up to yet another IMF assistance program, isn’t it about time we began relying less on the international lender and more on our own government to tackle deep-rooted economic problems? It took Jordan almost 16 years to…

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Please, No More Stop-Gap Governments

If we are about to get another government sworn in, let’s at least have it filled with genuinely reform-minded experts who can tackle the long-ignored challenges facing our economy. By Khalid W. Wazani By the time this article sees the…

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Setting Priorities

While it appears unenthused about taking the simple steps needed to create a sovereign investment fund, the government has been more than happy to burn through foreign aid and rack up debt with little or nothing to show for it….

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Perhaps the Sky isn’t Falling

A rational evaluation of the state of the global economy is needed to counter the effect of the doom and gloom merchants causing jitters in markets. By Khalid W. Wazani Although in economic theory, prices are the main determinant of…

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Let’s Capitalize on Cheap Oil

We could just sit on the huge savings we’re making from plunging oil prices. Or we could plough them into developing renewable energy sources that reduce our reliance on expensive and polluting fossil fuels. A quick calculation of the savings…

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Spotting Opportunities

Everyone agrees the coming year will be a tough one for the region’s economies. But some countries will fare much better than others because their decision makers were bold enough to seek out new opportunities and act upon them. By…

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Budget 2016: The Numbers Don’t Add Up

The forecasts contained within the government’s recently-unveiled 2016 budget bill fail to convince. By Khalid W. Wazani The government has yet again built a budget based on unrealistic assumptions. In 2016, the government expects a real growth rate of 3.7…

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Budget Expectations

Whatever the government unveils in next year’s budget, policy makers should produce an economic blueprint that balances realism with ambition. By Khalid W. Wazani The government is due to unveil the details of its 2016 budget next month. The experience…