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Jordanian Exports: Rules of Origin Agreement with the EU

Jordanian Exports Granted Preferential Access to EU

The European Union last month agreed to grant Jordanian exports preferential access to the world’s richest trading bloc in a deal designed to ease the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis. “This agreement will make it easier for Jordan to…

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Job Growth Down 26 Percent in H1 2015

Seventeen thousand jobs were created in Jordan in the first half of 2015, a fall of 26 percent on the same period the previous year. The Department of Statistics said the private sector added nearly 10,000 new jobs during that…

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Facilitating Finance

Jordan is intensifying efforts to provide support for startups and SMEs by easing access to financing. Despite some continued obstacles to obtaining conventional bank finance, rising public and private investment in tech companies is contributing to a growing optimistic outlook…

Agriculture Primed for Turnaround

Jordanian farmers are set to benefit from new export routes and a drive to incorporate thousands of Syrian refugees into the domestic workforce. Oxford Business Group Despite high domestic production, food exports continue to be hampered by the closure of…

The Work Ahead for the ILO

The International Labour Organization’s newly-appointed regional chief has big plans to improve the lot of workers in Jordan over 2016 and beyond. By Rebecca Irvine With its mission to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection,…

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On-demand is in Demand

Want someone to wash your laundry or give you a haircut in the comfort of your living room? There are an on-demand smartphone apps that offer these services and many more. By Zeid Nasser The phrase “there’s an app for…

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Where are the Women in the Workforce?

If we’re really serious about improving our economy over the long-term, many more women will have to join the workforce. By Khalid W. Wazani Although Jordan’s population is almost equally divided between males and females, women are substantially underrepresented in…

Syrian Refugees: Should they Work?

With no quick end in sight for the Syrian conflict, pressure is growing on Jordan to allow refugees greater access to its job market. But such a move is likely to be fraught with social and economic complications. By Elisa…

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…

Agricultural laborers: Legalized serfdom

The rights enshrined in Jordan’s labor and social security laws don’t apply to agricultural laborers. This aberration harms the sector and the country’s wider economy.    By Jawad J. Abbassi Unskilled agricultural workers in Jordan have very few rights. The Labor…