Tag: Government

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Despite “Licensing,” Ride-Hailing Conundrum Continues

The government last month issued temporary approvals for the licensing of ride-hailing apps in Jordan. This is an important step forward, but much remains to be done before these services can operate legally in the Kingdom. Many have lauded the…

Jordan Moves to Kick-Start Growth and Pare Back Debt

Jordan Moves to Kick-Start Growth and Pare Back Debt

The government is looking to reduce its debt burden and jumpstart the economy through a combination of budgetary adjustments, a new medium-term economic strategy, and international aid agreements. In mid-May, the Cabinet announced its decision to cut this year’s JD8.8…

Job Creation Leaps 50 Percent in H1

Job Creation Leaps 50 Percent in H1

The number of jobs created during the first half of 2016 increased by 50 percent compared to the same period the previous year, according to recent figures by the Department of Statistics. The DoS said 26,000 jobs were created during…

Minister of Education Omar Razzaz on Tawjihi Reforms

Reforming Tawjihi

Ever since assuming post as the Minister of Education, Omar Razzaz has been busy engineering plans to upgrade the Kingdom’s education system, starting with the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi). Razzaz, who has been a vocal advocate of the…

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,…

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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…