Category: News & Views

Jordan and the Iraqi Predicament

Editor’s letter Dina al-Wakeel While Jordan has so far thankfully managed to insulate itself from the violence engulfing its neighbors, the Kingdom’s economy has still taken a hit. According to sources, exports to Iraq, Jordan’s number one trading partner, dropped…

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New Taxi Hotline Sidesteps App

A new taxi hotline has just been launched which will surely provide a boost for thousands of Jordanian cab drivers in the short-term, but is unlikely to stave off the threat of industry disruptive transport apps like Uber in the…

Exports

Car Exports Stall

Instability in the region continues to seriously disrupt Jordan’s trade with its neighbors. Exports from Jordan’s free zones to the Iraqi market, which usually accounts for 60 to 65 percent, have plunged to 20 percent since July as IS militants…

Getting Started

Getting a business up and running can be a daunting experience. But it can be made a whole lot easier by following a simple set of rules. Startup Jordan- Robert Carroll Author Mark Twain once said: “The secret of getting…

Prying Eyes in the Workplace

At this very moment, an HR rep could be sifting through your Twitter feed in an effort to make you a more efficient employee, or to judge your suitability for a job vacancy. Outraged? You’re not alone.  Tech Talk- Zeid…

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…

Shams Ma’an Start Date Announced

Construction of the Shams Ma’an project, a 52.5 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant, is set to start at the beginning of 2015, with electricity expected to start flowing by early 2016. The $160 million facility will deliver 160 million kWh…

So Many Pharmacies, So Few Ideas

From mobile phone shops to burger joints, Jordanians like nothing more than flogging a good retail concept to death. We desperately need new business ideas. The Strategist- Nader Museitif Did you know that Jordan has more than 1,600 pharmacies? That…

Tapping Gaza’s Gas

Finally taking the lead and thinking ahead to solve its energy issues, the Jordanian government is taking a stab at Gaza and Cyprus’s offshore gas reserves. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Mohammad Hamed said the agreement, which is yet…

New US Ambassador Appointed

Alice G. Wells has been sworn in as the new US ambassador to Jordan, replacing Stuart E. Jones who held the pivotal diplomatic position for three years. This will be the first ambassadorial post for Wells, a career Foreign Service…