Tag: MENA

direct investment

Finding foreign direct investment

Jordan needs to do much more to attract much-needed foreign direct investment (FDI.) Here’s how to generate investor interest.  It will come as a surprise to no one to learn the UAE is the largest landing hub for foreign direct…

technology sector

Women in tech

Although women are still facing major challenges in Jordan’s information and communications technology sector, they are upbeat about their future prospects. By Cesilia Faustina Tamara Abdul Jaber, the founder of ICT consulting firm Palma Consulting, summs up her view of…

UN official

Sara Ferrer Olivella

Sara Ferrer Olivella took up her role as the UNDP country director for Jordan at the start of 2017. The UN official was the regional advisor for the UNDP in New York prior to moving to the Kingdom. She says…

refugee crisis

A streamlined approach to tackling Jordan’s economic challenges

Last month’s cabinet reshuffle seems to finally acknowledge that tackling Jordan’s big economic challenges will require focused and unified strategizing. By Khalid W. Wazani One of the most important changes to occur in the latest cabinet reshuffle was the appointment…

Reaching out: Jordan and Italy’s economic relations

Businesses are redoubling efforts to boost trade and economic relations between Jordan and Italy.  By Dina al-Wakeel Italy is one of Jordan’s most important trading partners. In 2016, Europe’s fourth largest economy exported some $800 million worth of products to…

project

All aboard the Amman-Zarqa bus rapid transit project

After delays and setbacks spanning decades, the Amman-Zarqa bus rapid transit project is finally up and running. The growth and development of Amman and Zarqa have long been intertwined, not least because of their close proximity to one another (they’re…

messages

Businesses Get the Message

The arrival of WhatsApp for businesses is the strongest signal yet that messages through messaging platforms could soon replace email as the main way to communicate in the world of work. Email has only been around for about three decades,…

king

King Due at Iraq Reconstruction Conference

HM King Abdullah is due to attend an international conference in Kuwait this month focused on reconstructing parts of Iraq devastated by the war against Islamic State. Donor countries and organizations are expected to announce financial contributions at the two-day…

Refugees

Recognizing new ways to respond to refugees

At its second annual Innovate for Refugees competition in Amman in January, the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) awarded a total of $100,000 to five teams of entrepreneurs that presented innovative solutions to problems encountered by displaced people.  “There are people…

importers

Food producers and importers say tax hikes are hard to swallow

Food producers and importers are worried about the impact recent tax rises will have on their sector.   Tax revenues are growing at a slower rate than the GDP and that means trouble for the Jordanian economy. Public debt has…