Tag: Government

Jordan’s Top Businesswomen: Nadia Al Saeed

This feature is part of a series highlighting some of the most prominent Jordanian businesswomen who managed to climb to the top of the corporate ladder in their respective fields in the Kingdom. Bank al Etihad General Manager Nadia al Saeed assumed the position…

Trashing Petra Tourism

The ludicrously high garbage collection fees charged to struggling Petra hotels is just another example of the government’s myopic approach to raising revenue. By Yusuf Mansur On its website, the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority describes itself as a…

Air Arabia Jordan: Ready for Liftoff

By buying a major stake in Petra Airlines, low-cost giant Air Arabia has created a new carrier which will use Amman as a hub to further its ambitious expansion plans. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Jordan’s aviation and tourism sectors were given…

Electricity: Rebalance, Don’t Hike

The government’s plan to increase electricity rates across the board will damage both its credibility and the economy. By Jawad J. Abbassi The rapid drop in oil prices, by over 60 percent since the summer, is a game changer for…

Cash Subsidies Missing the Mark – Report

A significant number of poor Jordanian households are losing out because the targeting mechanism for the Kingdom’s cash subsidy program isn’t accurate enough, an Identity Center report said. The report by the development think tank found that the targeting method,…

Italy Offers Eco Expertise

Specialist Italian companies are keen to help Jordan deal with its big energy and environmental challenges. By Elisa Oddone Italian Trade Commissioner Alessio Ponz de Leon Pisani said a recent visit by a group of eco-minded Italian firms, aimed to…

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….

EBRD: Firms Need Greater Government Help

Jordanian firms need more government support to overcome challenges holding back greater competitiveness and innovation, including lack of access to finance, corruption, skill shortages, and over-burdensome taxes, according to a major new report from the European Bank for Reconstruction and…

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…

ICT in 2014: A Year in Review

From falling telecom revenues to the roll out of fiber and 4G, 2014 has been a year of mixed blessings for Jordan’s technology sector. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Technology companies gathered at Amman’s King Hussein Business Park last month for the…