Tag: Government

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…

Superbugs: the Growing Threat of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Doctors in Jordan are warning of a looming public health crisis posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. By Elizabeth Whitman The recent horrifying Ebola outbreak has distracted us from what is potentially a much larger threat to global public health: antibiotic-resistant bacteria….

An Animated Discussion

Animation studios from across the region gathered for a special session at last month’s MENA ICT forum in Amman to discuss the challenges facing their industry, which include a paucity of investment, high operating costs, poor promotional channels, and a…

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…