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North Korea

Venture Explains: The North Korea Peace Deal

North Korea and South Korea are discussing a peace agreement that might officially end the state of war that has technically lasted since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice not a treaty. What do both sides want? Both…

the deal

The Jordan Compact: When Will the Deal Deliver?

When it was agreed back in 2016, the rules of origin offered exporters preferential access to lucrative European markets. So why have only a handful of companies in the Kingdom taken advantage of the deal so far? By Dina al…

HRH Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein

HRH Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein

HRH Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein on the importance of SOFEX. Jordan hosted the toughest and most highly trained special forces from around the world for SOFEX again in May. In this exclusive interview, the chairman of the SOFEX board, HRH…

ramadan

The Business of Ramadan

Increased consumer spending during Ramadan helps offset any slowdown in workplace productivity. By Nada Atieh A study published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in 2015 looked at data from almost every country over the past 60 years and found…

international airport

Airport Operator Acquisition of Queen Alia International Airport

Aéroports de Paris has big plans for Jordan’s aviation sector after acquiring a controlling stake in the operator of Queen Alia International Airport. Groupe Aéroports de Paris (ADP) recently announced it has spent $265 million to buy a majority 51…

Modern Designs

LUXURY BUILT ON QUALITY

Modern Designs is Jordan’s high-end property developer; a company utterly committed to craft elegant quality homes. Each material is carefully selected, and each building process receives the time and attention it deserves, in turn delivering superior value for your money….

fair tax

Transforming Taxation

Jacob Rabie, an Ernst & Young partner, discusses why a sound and fair tax policy is needed to boost investment in Jordan and Iraq. Jacob Rabie joined EY Jordan in 2010, bringing a complementary skill set to the Jordan/Iraq tax…

Development

Banking on Development

The regional head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Heike Harmgart, explains why the EBRD has pledged to invest 1 billion euros in infrastructure projects in Jordan. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held its first annual meeting…

Thai capital

Brilliant Bangkok

It’s not hard to understand why the Thai capital consistently ranks as one of the world’s most visited cities. By Nada Atieh Last year, international tourist arrivals in Thailand were on the up and up, reaching a record 35 million, about half…

investment climate

The Journal: 2018 Investment Climate

Jordan’s economy and investment climate has been shaken over recent years by unrest in neighboring Iraq and Syria, spiralling unemployment, a debt-to-GDP ratio of 95 percent, and a series of IMF-backed subsidy cuts and tax rises. All this while vital…