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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…

Sun Shines on Jordan’s EV Dream

With a deal in place to fit thousands of solar-powered charging stations around Jordan, the Kingdom looks set to embrace the electric car. By Laith Abou-Ragheb It might not seem obvious at the moment, but Jordan is gearing up for…

Making a Case for Gender Pay Equality in Private Education

A conference organized last month by the National Committee for Pay Equity (NCPE) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) called for fair wages for female teachers in private schools in Jordan. According to a 2013 ILO report, female teachers working…

Construction Woes

The head of Jordan’s contractors association says his members are starting to suffer due to a downturn in their sector. By Dina Al Wakeel According to the Department of Statistics, the number of building licenses issued during the first five…

What’s up with Whatshudoin?

Luai Masri is the founder and CEO of Whatshudoin, a new social media app that allows users to interact based on the way they feel. How is Whatshudoin different to other social media apps? Whatshudoin is a complete mood-focused platform….

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…

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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…

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…

QRCE: A Decade of Startup Support

The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) is marking its tenth anniversary by taking stock of past achievements and preparing for a future packed with exciting new ideas to develop. By Jane Hosking The QRCE, based out of Princess Sumaya…

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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…