Tag: Economy

Laith Al Qasem on Jordan's tax system

A Taxing Question

Jordan’s punitive and convoluted tax system is harming its economic prospects. By Laith Qassem A recent study by To-Excel Consulting found the active number of taxpayers in Jordan declined from 292,744 in 2009 to 208,271 in 2012. The mix of…

Rasha Manna, the Managing Director of Endeavor Jordan on challenges facing startups

Start up Jordan

Rasha Manna, the managing director of the entrepreneur support group Endeavor Jordan, lays out the challenges facing the Kingdom’s startups, and what it takes to overcome them. The one major difficulty Endeavor faces in Jordan is pipeline—finding companies that meet…

The World Economic Forum (WEF)

The WEF Spotlights Startups

The World Economic Forum rolls into town this month with the aim of recognizing the region’s most promising startups. American research and advisory firm Gartner has called it the “Nexus of Forces,” which is when social, mobile, cloud and information…

Renewable Energy

Green Investment Growth

Regulatory reforms introduced last year should soon begin attracting investors to help carry out large, state-led projects, particularly in the field of renewable energy. The Regulation for Organizing Non-Jordanian Investments No. 77, passed in June, eased capital requirements and other…

US President Donald Trump

Trump’s Grand Plan

President Trump has started to put his campaign promises into action. What should we expect? By Venture Staff Among the chaos of the new Trump administration lies the most important economic policies that have yet to be implemented. Prior to…

Mirek Dusek, the head of MENA for the WEF

WEF: Meeting of Minds

The MENA edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) returns to Jordan this month with a theme of enabling generational transformation. By Dominika Bzduchova Hundreds of top decision-makers from around the world will meet at the Dead Sea on May…

Playing the Long Game

If we want our economy to prosper, we need to start planning for the long-term.

Attarat Power Co (APCO) oil shale

Attarat Secures Financing for Oil Shale Power Plant

Attarat Power Co (APCO), a Jordanian affiliate of Estonian-owned Enefit, last month said its plan to construct a $2.1 billion oil shale-fired power plant in Jordan had secured financing from a consortium of Chinese banks. The 470-megawatt plant is now…

The Gender Gap

Despite all the initiatives and grand plans of recent years, the number of women in tech is falling. The global percentage of women working in technology-related professions is actually lower today than it was two years ago. It’s quite disappointing…

Hassan Abu Hanieh, author and researcher on jihadist groups

Wake Up Call

One of the foremost experts on extremist groups in Jordan is worried we’re underestimating the true scale of the jihadist threat facing the country. By Dina Al Wakeel Few Jordanian analysts know more about extremist Islamist groups than Hassan Abu…