Tag: Economy

Russia’s Downturn Adds to Weakness in EBRD Economies

A sharp fall in the price of oil has piled pressure on an already fragile Russia, and is hitting growth in energy exporters and other emerging nations with close links to eastern Europe’s largest economy, according to the EBRD’s latest…

Working Behind the Wall

Entrepreneurs should start using the economic barriers surrounding the MENA market to their own advantage. By Robert Carroll Sometimes I feel like there’s a high wall surrounding the Arab world. Not literally, of course, because people come and go all…

Keep Diversifying Energy – First Solar

US photovoltaic company First Solar, which plans to build one of the region’s biggest solar power plants in southern Jordan, said recent major oil price fluctuations mean it’s vital for states in the region to continue diversifying their energy sources….

Borrowing Smart

Borrowing can help an economy grow. But Jordan is taking on debt for all the wrong reasons. By Yusuf Mansur “Neither a borrow nor a lender be,” Polonius advised his son in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. But unlike the royal counselor, economists…

A World Divided

As we prepare to head into 2015, we find the world’s economies split between those ready for growth, and those teetering on the brink of recession. By Sameer Massis It was 160 years ago this month that Louis Pasteur stood…

Bayt’s Ataya: Startups are Key Job Creators

The only way the region can overcome its pressing unemployment challenge is if the startup scene takes off. That was the message Bayt.com Founder and CEO Rabea Ataya had to give to a group of aspiring entrepreneurs at last month’s Startup…

Our French Connection

France’s ambassador to Jordan says King Abdullah’s recent visit to Paris, which included a fruitful meeting with a group of high-profile business figures, proves that despite some challenges, economic ties between the two nations are stronger than ever. By Dina…

How France Helps

The French Development Agency is playing a central role in tackling some of the biggest challenges facing Jordan. By Elisa Oddone Financing projects in Jordan worth a total of JD540 million, the state-backed French Development Agency (AFD) has been active…

Call for Better Monitoring of Economy

Jordanian decision makers need to focus harder on coordinating and monitoring the implementation of national economic policies. That was the main conclusion of two reports released last month by the Identity Center, an independent civil society organization working to encourage…

Ignatius on ISIS

David Ignatius, the celebrated associate editor and columnist at the Washington Post, visited the Columbia Global Centers, Middle East in Amman last month to speak about US foreign policy and the crisis in the region. Ignatius has spent around 35…