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Internet Phone calls

No Charges for Internet Phone Calls – TRC

Jordanians won’t be charged for making phone calls via apps like Skype and WhatsApp, the Kingdom’s telecoms watchdog said. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) said the decision not to impose a levy on Internet calls came after TRC officials met…

Uber app

Uber Trials Cash Payments in Amman

Uber said it recently began trialing cash payments for rides in Amman in an effort to expand in a market where credit card usage still stands at mere 1.5 percent. “Given the credit card penetration in Amman, launching cash really…

retailers

Jordanians Yet to Embrace Online Banking – Report

The use of electronic and mobile banking channels amongst Jordanians remains low for payment services, according to a new report from the Arab Advisors Group. While online banking was used by 14.6 percent of respondents who have a bank account,…

Minister of Finance Omar Malhas at the Euromoney Conference

Jordan to Begin Talks With IMF on $700-$800 Million EFF

Jordan is expected to begin talks with the IMF this month to try to secure an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with the international lender worth between $700 and $800 million. The talks come after Jordan successfully completed a three-year, $2…

The World Bank

Jordan GDP to Hit 3 Percent in 2016 – World Bank

The World Bank said Jordan’s GDP should reach 3 percent in 2016, up from 2.4 percent in 2015, which was the slowest pace of growth in four years. In its latest MENA Economic Report, the bank said the rise in…

QAIA

QAIA Tops Airport Service Quality Awards

Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) has been voted the best airport in the region for the second year in a row at the annual Airport Service Quality Awards. QAIA beat off stiff competition from the likes of Dubai International Airport…

Gemalto Jordan e-ID card

Gemalto Chosen to Introduce e-ID Program

International digital security firm Gemalto said it’s been selected by the Ministry of ICT to implement a new citizen ID program across Jordan. Amsterdam-based Gemalto said in a statement it’s been tasked with delivering e-ID cards as well as automatic…

Nuclear Research Reactor

First Research Reactor Set to be Activated by September

The Kingdom’s first research and training nuclear reactor is expected to go on line by September at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in Irbid. Construction of the 5-megawatt reactor, which is being built by the Korea Atomic Energy…

APC 2015 Net Profits Surge 31 Percent

Arab Potash Company (APC) said its 2015 net profits rose 31 percent year-on-year to around JD131 million, while it also achieved a record production volume of 2.355 million tons over the same period. In a statement, APC’s chairman Jamal al…