Tag: MENA

Millennials

Despite Their Struggles, MENA’s Millennials Are Transforming The Region

Based on the findings of region-wide survey “#Millennials”, Ipsos results reveal that this generation, while facing challenges, is bringing about major change.Millennials in MENA have unprecedented connectivity levels, with 97% having access to the internet, and 94% are on social…

Loan guarantee

The Jordan Loan Guarantee Corporation: Loaning to the Little Guy

SMEs in Jordan have long been held back by a lack of access to finance. The Jordan Loan Guarantee Corporation is working to change this. By: Dina Al-Wakeel A public shareholding company that was created in 1994, the Jordan Loan…

fake news

Summer potpourri: Fake news and Almamlaka’s new TV

At no time in the long history of journalism have societies faced the challenge of what we now call fake news. The first journal was published in ancient Rome, around 59 BC, but the first printed newspaper appeared in Antwerp…

fake news

Is a New Social Contract Really Needed?

Jordan’s prime minister has interpreted this summer’s protests as broad-based desire for a new social contract. This is a mistake. By Osama Al Sharif More than two months have passed since thousands of protestors took to the streets to demand…

Jamalon

Jamalon: Doing Things by the Book

Jamalon began as a family-driven operation in 2010 but has become a leading distribution line for publishers in the region and an online marketplace for thousands of Arabic and English books. By: Nada Atieh Like many entrepreneurial success stories, Jamalon…

fees

UAE Cuts Tourism Fees to Encourage Growth

Recent moves by the Abu Dhabi and UAE governments to waive or reduce hotel and visa fees are expected to bolster the country’s important tourism sector and pave the way for more investments. In June the Abu Dhabi Executive Committee…

Jordan Food Week

Jordan Food Week: finest culinary creations

More than 100 artisanal food producers showed off their finest culinary creations at Jordan Food Week. The Jordan Food Week event, which was organized by the USAID Jordan Local Enterprise Support Project and held at the Ras Al Ain Hangar, is a continuation…

relief

Relief and Development: Ending the Zero-Sum Myth

Is it possible to economically empower both Jordanians and Syrian refugees? Two leading relief agencies believe so. By Brian E. Frydenborg Sadly, as 2018 opened, the world looked on yet another consecutive year of record displacement, with a staggering 68.5…

school

A New Chance for Change

Improving transport services was a central component in the new government’s letter of designation and policy statement. Could this provide the sector with much-needed new momentum? Ever since he took office following the recent anti-austerity protests, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz…

capital spending

Exports and Capital Spending Key to Growth – Report

Jordan needs to focus on boosting exports and capital spending if it wants to achieve strong and sustainable growth, according to a new report by the Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) think tank. The report analyzed the relationships between capital spending…