Tag: Finance

Five Factors for Success

If you want your MENA e-commerce venture to thrive, it needs five key factors. By Khaldoon Tabaza In the rush to create the next big online success story in the MENA region, it’s useful for our industry to pause and…

Venture Explains: The Sharing Economy

What is it? A broad, catch-all term to describe an economic model in which you rent or borrow an asset owned by someone else. Countless Internet-based services are springing up to facilitate these new types of transactions across a host…

Jordan’s Top Businesswomen: Iman Mutlaq

CEO of Sigma Investments Iman Mutlaq rises every morning at 5 am, meditates for two hours and focuses on her goals for the day. Then she goes to work where she manages financial transactions worth $1.5 billion. Mutlaq is the…

Jordan’s Top Businesswomen

Succeeding in Jordan’s business world can be tough, and doubly so if you happen to be a woman. For this edition of Venture, we decided to feature some of the remarkable women that managed to climb to the top of…

Why the Government Should Exit Royal Jordanian

Major efforts are underway to save RJ from financial ruin. If the government truly wants to help, it should consider selling its remaining stake in our embattled national carrier. By Jawad J. Abbassi RJ offers great service. It’s part of…

S&P Upgrades Jordan to “Stable”

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) returned Jordan to a stable outlook, almost three years after lowering its ‘BB-/B’ status to negative amid economical and political regional instability. The international rating agency expects the deterioration in the country’s fiscal and external balances…

Amman Stock Exchange: Boom to Bust

The madness of Jordan’s stock market gold rush is the focus of a new book by the celebrated economic journalist, Yousef Damra. By Sadad Talhouni The spectacular rise and fall of the Amman Stock Exchange is a fast-fading memory for…

Jordan and the Iraqi Predicament

Editor’s letter Dina al-Wakeel While Jordan has so far thankfully managed to insulate itself from the violence engulfing its neighbors, the Kingdom’s economy has still taken a hit. According to sources, exports to Iraq, Jordan’s number one trading partner, dropped…

Citibank – 40 Years in Jordan

Citi is marking its fortieth year of operating in Jordan. The Kingdom’s important banking sector has changed a great deal over this time, but the financial giant appears to have adapted and thrived under the most challenging of circumstances. By…

More Debt, Little Growth

The Ensour government likes to crow about its achievements. But I can’t see any, beyond boosting the national debt to new highs with little to show for it. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur The national debt increased by the end of May…