Category: Opinion

direct investment

Finding foreign direct investment

Jordan needs to do much more to attract much-needed foreign direct investment (FDI.) Here’s how to generate investor interest.  It will come as a surprise to no one to learn the UAE is the largest landing hub for foreign direct…

smart city

Facing up to Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook played a central role in the unfolding Cambridge Analytica scandal should have us all worried. The scandal centered around Cambridge Analytica acquiring Facebook data on 50 million users without their knowledge, and then utilizing it for online political campaigns…

smart city

Mobile phone worries

With sales declining, mobile phone makers will have to find new ways of keeping consumers interested. Global smartphone sales are slowing. International Data Corporation (IDC) recently reported that smartphone vendors shipped 403.5 million units during the fourth quarter of 2017,…

refugee crisis

A streamlined approach to tackling Jordan’s economic challenges

Last month’s cabinet reshuffle seems to finally acknowledge that tackling Jordan’s big economic challenges will require focused and unified strategizing. By Khalid W. Wazani One of the most important changes to occur in the latest cabinet reshuffle was the appointment…

cancer

Cutting cancer care: An unhealthy decision

The government’s move to cut back on cancer care to save money is yet another slap in the face for everyday Jordanians, many of whom are already struggling under a controversial austerity program. By Osama Al Sharif As if the…

school

A modern public transport system or a driving distraction?

The Prime Minister was mistaken to assert we have to first dramatically reduce our reliance on cars before we can begin developing a modern public transport system. In a recent televised interview, Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki provided some interesting insights…

capital spending

Austerity isn’t the answer

The latest round of tax hikes and subsidy cuts of austerity will unlikely have much of an impact on the underlining challenges facing Jordan’s economy. The government’s main justification for recently passing broad new austerity measures was to try to…

fake news

A tumultuous 2018

Brace yourselves—2018 is likely to be tumultuous, packed with ever more instability and uncertainty. By Osama Al Sharif A record was set when the Lower House of Parliament passed the 2018 state budget in one day; effectively doing away with…

project

All aboard the Amman-Zarqa bus rapid transit project

After delays and setbacks spanning decades, the Amman-Zarqa bus rapid transit project is finally up and running. The growth and development of Amman and Zarqa have long been intertwined, not least because of their close proximity to one another (they’re…