Category: News & Views

Renewable Energy

Green Investment Growth

Regulatory reforms introduced last year should soon begin attracting investors to help carry out large, state-led projects, particularly in the field of renewable energy. The Regulation for Organizing Non-Jordanian Investments No. 77, passed in June, eased capital requirements and other…

Samsung QLED TV

Samsung Launches Next Generation QLED TVs

Samsung recently launched its eagerly awaited range of QLED TVs in Paris. The line up, which was launched at the famous Carrousel du Louvre and is expected to go on sale in Jordan in May, relies on Quantum dot technology for…

refugee crisis

Playing the Long Game

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

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Decentralizing Transport

With local elections taking place this summer, it’s important to consider transport planning in the context of Jordan’s ambitious decentralization efforts. As Jordan’s decentralization program moves forward, the Kingdom is slated to hold municipal and governorate council elections on August…

Attarat Power Co (APCO) oil shale

Attarat Secures Financing for Oil Shale Power Plant

Attarat Power Co (APCO), a Jordanian affiliate of Estonian-owned Enefit, last month said its plan to construct a $2.1 billion oil shale-fired power plant in Jordan had secured financing from a consortium of Chinese banks. The 470-megawatt plant is now…

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The Gender Gap

Despite all the initiatives and grand plans of recent years, the number of women in tech is falling. The global percentage of women working in technology-related professions is actually lower today than it was two years ago. It’s quite disappointing…

Arab Bank CEO Nemeh Sabbagh

Central Bank Announces Development Funds to Kick-Start Economy

The Central Bank of Jordan plans to set up a series of multi-million dinar development funds designed to stimulate the economy. “The Central Bank has worked on a number of finance initiatives through funds to help out startups, small businesses,”…

Ronaldo Mouchawar, Souq.com CEO

Amazon Scoops up Souq.com

Internet giant Amazon has decided to enter the Middle East’s nascent e-commerce market by striking a deal to buy Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com. The announcement of the deal, which was reportedly worth around $650 million, ended months of speculation about…

AIG Female Leadership Conference

IDG Holds Workshop on Female Leadership

The Inspirational Development Group (IDG), a business consultancy, held a workshop for 43 women in Amman last month designed to develop female leadership skills so they are better equipped to improve their performance and face daily challenges. The two-day event…

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Throwing Good Money After Bad

The IMF continues to provide Jordan with huge loans. But it will be for nothing if the country doesn’t face up to the real problems holding its economy back. Around four years ago, Jordan signed up to a long overdue…