Tag: Government

Jordan’s Higher Education Minister, Adel Tweissi

Helping Higher Education

From spiraling student numbers to funding shortfalls, Jordan’s Higher Education Minister, Adel Tweissi, is under no illusions about the size of the challenges facing our university system. With graduate unemployment at worryingly high levels, many wonder where the disconnect lays…

Merza Hussain Hasan, Regional Head of World Bank

Strong Support

The regional head of the World Bank says his organization stands ready to help Jordan meet its potential. As well as Jordan, Merza Hussain Hasan oversees World Bank projects in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, the Maldives, Oman, Qatar,…

The Age of Anarchy

Crypto-anarchists are ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding how to navigate our seemingly chaotic digital existence. Crypto-anarchists use cryptographic software to conceal the sending and receiving information over networks, to protect their privacy and political freedom while…

Unemployment

Unemployment hits 18.2 percent after methodology overhaul

Unemployment in Jordan reached 18.2 percent in the first quarter of the year after the Department of Statistics introduced a new methodology for calculating joblessness that now includes migrants and refugees, and any unpaid jobs and trainings. The figure, which…

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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…

Down, But Not Out

Liberal democracy is on the ropes the world over. But it won’t be forever. By Osama Al Sharif We may have missed our chance to see the day when liberal, democratic, pluralistic, and accountable systems of government take root in this…

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A Report to Revamp Public Transport

An important new policy report explains how to solve eight key challenges facing the Kingdom’s public transportation system. “Public transportation does not seem to be a priority of the state.” This was one of the refreshingly frank conclusions of a…

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…

OFFTEC: Business Solutions for an Evolving World

OFFTEC: Business Solutions for an Evolving World

Despite an ever-changing business landscape, OFFTEC Holding Group CEO Basim Said says the company has continually managed to adapt to the needs of its multi-sector clients. Offering everything from office furniture to software and security solutions in Jordan and the region,…