Category: Opinion

tax

Tax Evasion Crackdown

Jordan is tackling its budget deficit by going after tax dodgers as well as reducing the basket of goods covered by subsidies. At the beginning of October, Prime Minister Hani al Mulki said new changes to the Kingdom’s tax code would…

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Saving Capitalism from Itself

Free market capitalism needs an urgent realignment if it stands any hope of tackling the world’s serious and growing economic problems. By Osama Al-Sharif Last month’s centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution came at a time when the future of capitalism—its…

journalism

Fighting Fake News

Independent and accurate journalism has always been hard to come by in our part of the world. But thanks to work of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), the tide is finally turning. By Rana Sabbagh It’s not often these…

women

The Economic Argument for Working Women

It’s clear Jordan would get a huge economic boost if more women were encouraged to join its workforce. Many countries have started an initiative to introduce girls to the world of work. It involves girls visiting their parents’ place of…

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Jordan’s Knowledge Scorecard

An important new global knowledge index highlights the areas where Jordan is excelling and struggling. According to the first edition of the Global Knowledge Index (GKI), which was recently set up by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation…

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Solutions from Citizens

A major regional conference in Cairo highlighted how citizen-led initiatives can make a real difference when it comes to the way our cities deal with transportation challenges. In October, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Access to Knowledge for Development…

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The Jordan Compact: One Year on

The Jordan Compact has no doubt helped the Kingdom better cope with the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis. But for it to truly live up to its promise, some changes will need to be made. By Shaddin Al Masri…

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Jordan Targets Small Business Growth

A national drive to boost support for Jordan’s SMEs is gaining pace, spearheaded by increased access to finance and plans to garner a more business-friendly operating environment. In June the World Bank and the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) announced…

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Saving Ourselves

Self-reliance is the key to pulling Jordan out of its economic rut. These are tough times for Jordanians and it’s no secret that what lies ahead will be even more difficult. HM King Abdullah’s sobering words last month underlined the…

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Health Services on a High

On-demand health services are spreading fast around the world, and our region is no exception. The Internet is changing the way patients seek medical information and care. But ‘Dr. Google’ can’t offer a professional diagnosis. That’s why patients are seeking…