Tag: Employment

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Job Growth Down 26 Percent in H1 2015

Seventeen thousand jobs were created in Jordan in the first half of 2015, a fall of 26 percent on the same period the previous year. The Department of Statistics said the private sector added nearly 10,000 new jobs during that…

refugee crisis

Cutting the IMF Chord

Having just signed up to yet another IMF assistance program, isn’t it about time we began relying less on the international lender and more on our own government to tackle deep-rooted economic problems? It took Jordan almost 16 years to…

Providing SMEs with finance

Facilitating Finance

Jordan is intensifying efforts to provide support for startups and SMEs by easing access to financing. Despite some continued obstacles to obtaining conventional bank finance, rising public and private investment in tech companies is contributing to a growing optimistic outlook…

Venture Explains: Universal Basic Income

What is it? The idea that everyone in society receives a basic income, regardless if they’re working or not. The unorthodox concept has been bandied about on the left and right for years as a way of ensuring that people’s…

Bahaa Hariri, Horizon Chairman

Venture at 10: Bahaa Hariri

Bahaa Hariri, Horizon Chairman Date of Interview: April 2008 The Hariri name is synonymous with construction and real estate development in our region. Bahaa Hariri, who inherited his father Rafik’s banking, real estate tourism, telecommunications, and media ventures in 2005,…

fake news

Making the Pledges Count

Jordan was thrown a lifeline at February’s international donor conference for Syrian refugees. But for the billions of dollars pledged to make a lasting impact, they must be spent on genuine long-term economic development. By Osama Al Sharif We could all…

The London Conference for Syrian Refugees

Rethinking Relief

As part of efforts to make the Syrian refugee response more sustainable, the WANA Institute is throwing its weight behind a plan that promises to create thousands of jobs for Syrians and help develop Jordan’s economy at the same time. …

automation

Venture Explains: The Automation Job Threat

What is it? Just like the Luddites, the nineteenth century English textile workers who decided to smash the weaving machines putting them out of a job, more and more workers today are fearful that great leaps in automation and robotics…

tax

Too Much of a Good Thing

An over reliance on foreign aid has allowed successive governments to put off taking the tough steps needed to create a truly sustainable economy. For the sake of Jordan’s future, this has to change. By Laith al-Qasem Jordan is a…