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digital competitveness

Jordan Climbs Digital Competitiveness Table

Jordan rose 11 spots to forty-fifth place in the second edition of a global digital competitiveness report. The IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2018 said Jordan’s improved ranking came as a result of the country’s overall transition into a more…

school

A New Chance for Change

Improving transport services was a central component in the new government’s letter of designation and policy statement. Could this provide the sector with much-needed new momentum? Ever since he took office following the recent anti-austerity protests, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz…

Tourism Receipts

Minister of Tourism Eyes Doubling of Tourism Receipts by 2022

Jordan could double its tourism receipts by 2022 if the sector manages to continue growing annually by 10 to 15 percent, Minister of Tourism Lina Annab said. “That’s very doable. It’s realistic and ambitious,” Annab told Venture on the sidelines…

Templeton Prize

HM King Abdullah Awarded 2018 Templeton Prize

HM King Abdullah has been named as the 2018 Templeton Prize Laureate for his work promoting religious harmony. King Abdullah “has done more to seek religious harmony within Islam, and between Islam and other religions, than any other political leader….

Migrant

Migrant Worker Rights Project Launched to Promote Rights

The Arab Migrant Resources Center launched a project that aims to promote the rights of 230,000 migrant workers from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Indonesia. The project was implemented with the support of the General Federation of Jordanian Trade…

Chinese President

China Pledges Millions in Development Aid for Arab Countries

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $91 million in aid to Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, and Syria and $15 million to Palestine to support economic development in a speech at the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) in Beijing in July. The Chinese…

capital spending

Exports and Capital Spending Key to Growth – Report

Jordan needs to focus on boosting exports and capital spending if it wants to achieve strong and sustainable growth, according to a new report by the Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) think tank. The report analyzed the relationships between capital spending…

smart city

GDPR: A New Dawn for Data Privacy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will give EU citizens a much greater say over how their personal data is used. Expect the rest of the world to follow suit. In the last two weeks of May, your mailbox was…

refugee crisis

We Need a Time Out on Taxes

Further taxes and tax rises will only exacerbate the grave economic problems facing Jordan. During the mid-1970s and early 1980s, it was widely believed that Jordan suffered from the Dutch Disease, in that it had a strong currency but a…

entertainment

Saudi Arabia: Opening Up to Entertainment

Widespread reform in Saudi Arabia is opening up lucrative investment opportunities in the kingdom’s underdeveloped media and entertainment sector. Saudi Arabia’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival, coupled with moves to expand the number of cinemas and promote local filmmaking,…