Author Archives: Dr. Yusuf Mansur

About Dr. Yusuf Mansur

Yusuf Mansur is currently CEO and consultant at Enconsult, and former Director General of the Telecom Regulatory Commission (TRC), CEO of Jordan Investment Board (JIB) and CEO of Jordan Agency for Enterprise and Investment Development (DX). You can contact him at ymansur@enconsult.com

Let them Work

Syrians in Jordan could make a huge contribution to the Kingdom’s economy, if only we would let them. By Yusuf Mansur Jordan is hosting around 1.4 million Syrians, almost half of whom are registered as refugees. They can’t remain refugees…

The Entrepreneur in Everyone

The definition of what constitutes entrepreneurship is far too narrow. We must learn to celebrate enterprising individuals no matter where they appear. By Yusuf Mansur What comes to your mind when you hear the term “entrepreneur”? Almost everyone would conjure…

Trashing Petra Tourism

The ludicrously high garbage collection fees charged to struggling Petra hotels is just another example of the government’s myopic approach to raising revenue. By Yusuf Mansur On its website, the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority describes itself as a…

Borrowing Smart

Borrowing can help an economy grow. But Jordan is taking on debt for all the wrong reasons. By Yusuf Mansur “Neither a borrow nor a lender be,” Polonius advised his son in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. But unlike the royal counselor, economists…

Water Worry

The decay and neglect of vital infrastructure is one of the main reasons behind Jordan’s water supply crisis.   By Yusuf Mansur One of the most dispiriting facts you often hear about Jordan is that it’s the third most water…

Cheap Oil: Boon or Bane?

Tumbling oil prices might be a double-edged sword for Jordan. By Yusuf Mansur Jordan, which imports 97 percent of its energy, and the wider Middle East are bound to feel the impact of falling oil prices soon. The price of…

In Gold They Trust

A whirlwind of speculations and denials unleashed by an alleged gold discovery has again got us asking who’s really to blame for the low level of trust between Jordanians and their government? The Economist- Yusuf Mansur For yet another dispiriting…

Which Economy Do We Want?

The dash to become a service-based economy shouldn’t come at the expense of developing our manufacturing sector. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur   Every now and then a government official with something to do with running the economy states that Jordan…

More Debt, Little Growth

The Ensour government likes to crow about its achievements. But I can’t see any, beyond boosting the national debt to new highs with little to show for it. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur The national debt increased by the end of May…

As the Debt Grows

Most governments borrow money, but it’s how they spend it that counts. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur Jordan’s current debt-to-GDP ratio has been much higher in the past, so why is it suddenly attracting more grumbling than ever before? Net public…