Tag: IMF

What Cheap Oil Means for Us

On paper, record low oil prices should prove to be an economic bonanza for an emerging market energy importer like Jordan. But what’s the reality? By Dina al-Wakeel In 2011, just when it was trying to get back on its…

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Too Much of a Good Thing

An over reliance on foreign aid has allowed successive governments to put off taking the tough steps needed to create a truly sustainable economy. For the sake of Jordan’s future, this has to change. By Laith al-Qasem Jordan is a…

economy

Upbeat Outlook for Jordan’s Economy

The Kingdom’s economy performed well last year despite regional unrest, and its upward trajectory looks set to continue in 2016. Steady reform and targeted growth bolstered investor confidence in Jordan’s economy in 2015, as weaker oil prices helped support a…

U.S. Seeking New Markets for Jordan’s Private Sector

US Ambassador to Jordan Alice G. Wells said she’s striving to open up new international markets for American and Jordanian firms based in the Kingdom. In a bid to encourage greater joint economic development, Wells said her government was working…

Time to Build

Jordan has signed multimillion dollar funding deals for a wide array of new infrastructure projects. But not everyone is happy about who gets to build them. Jordan has inked more than $600 million worth of funding agreements in recent months,…

investment

Budget Expectations

Whatever the government unveils in next year’s budget, policy makers should produce an economic blueprint that balances realism with ambition. By Khalid W. Wazani The government is due to unveil the details of its 2016 budget next month. The experience…

Minister of Energy Ibrahim Saif on Future Fuels

Jordan’s energy minister is convinced sun and wind power hold one of the keys to energy independence. By Dina al-Wakeel Decision makers seem to have finally realized that part of the solution to Jordan’s pressing energy challenge lies in diversifying…

Think Tank Questions Effectiveness of NEPCO Rescue Plan

A new Identity Center report has questioned the effectiveness of the National Electric Power Company’s (NEPCO) cost recovery strategy, after it found a recent round of electricity tariff hikes failed to drag the publicly-owned company out of debt, but led…

A Necessary Loan

As Jordan’s $2 billion dollar stand-by arrangement with the world’s lender of last resort comes to an end, the International Monetary Fund’s mission chief for Jordan Kristina Kostial said the Kingdom has by and large stuck to its promise of…

investment

Economic Reform: Are We on the Right Track?

As the government has learned from its deal with the IMF, ill-conceived economic reforms can often do more harm than good. By Khalid Wazani Economic reform is a process that should be evolutionary not revolutionary, gradual not instantaneous, comprehensive not…