Category: News & Views

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,…

fleet

RJ Seeks to Add 23 Planes to its Fleet – Report

Royal Jordanian is in talks with plane manufacturers to add up to 23 narrow-body aircraft to its fleet, the carrier’s CEO Stefan Pichler told The National. “We are now in the process of a fleet rollover in the short-haul ……

atomic energy

JAEC says Nuclear Program Cost JD112 Million

Approximately JD112 million were spent between 2008 and 2017 on developing the Kingdom’s nuclear energy program, the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) said in a new report. A large proportion of this figure was spent on local expertise as well…

school

Trusting in Transport Tech

The Technology-based transportation solutions springing up in countries across the world can only thrive with adequate public and private sector support. From global ride-hailing platforms to regional and local apps for carpooling or for making public transport more reliable, entrepreneurs…

fake news

Hands Off the Fund

Any attempt by the government to tap the billions held by Social Security Investment Fund would have dire political consequences. After weeks of confusion and controversy, Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki publicly affirmed in April that his government does not seek…

Latin America

Dubai Launches New Trade Tango with Latin America

Dubai is making major moves to strengthen and diversify trade ties with Latin America. As part of its $27 million campaign to promote trade ties between Dubai and South America, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) opened its…

startup

Tunisia Strengthens Startup Scene through ‘Startup Act’

Tunisia’s parliament has just voted to adopt a groundbreaking piece of legislation that will broaden and strengthen the country’s startup community. Other Arab states should take note. While Tunisia is best known over recent years for successfully adopting a series…