Tag: Jordan

The IMF on Lifting Subsidies on Bread

IMF Opposes Lifting Bread Subsidies

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it doesn’t recommend lifting subsidies on bread in Jordan, a controversial step the government is considering in an effort to balance its budget. “The IMF does not recommend lifting bread subsidies and does not…

Recalibrating the Economy

Given Jordan has a well-educated labor force, why is its GDP so low, why does it struggle to add economic value, and why does it have a chronic trade deficit? By Laith al Qassem Typically, the higher the level of…

transport woes

A Capital Idea?

Building a completely new Amman free of the infrastructure headaches that plague the current capital seems like an exciting proposition. But it could easily create more problems than it solves.  Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki unveiled last month the government’s intentions…

real growth

Countdown to NEOM

Saudi Arabia’s planned $500 billion NEOM mega-city could easily become one of the most important economic development projects in the MENA region. And Jordan would have an important part in making it a success. The wildly ambitious NEOM business and…

Tourism

Tourism Turnaround

The unrest in our region has frightened away many tourists over recent years. But Minister of Tourism Lina Annab now says there are tentative signs that visitor numbers are finally on the rise again. By Dina al-Wakeel Minister of Tourism…

A Simpler Way to Sell

Zeid Husban is out to convince businesses to switch from traditional point-of-sale (POS) technology to POS Rocket, his cloud-based solution with a customizable interface. By Nada Atieh Cloud-based POS systems have been used by businesses in the United States and…

Lessons in Development

Thailand is an economic powerhouse that’s eager to share its development know-how with Jordan. Renowned for its sandy beaches, ornate temples, and hospitable people, Thailand is a destination that many seasoned travelers return to again and again. But on a…

Embrace Online Education- Edraak

Calls for the greater adoption of digital learning methods were made during a regional conference recently organized by Edraak, the not-for-profit online education platform. “The idea is that instead of focusing on the transfer of knowledge in the classroom which…

Crossing Trebil

The Trebil border crossing between Jordan and Iraq was reopened in late August after being shut for over two years over security fears. Trade has begun to trickle, but it will be quite some time before Jordanian exporters are able…