Tag: private sector

Easing Investment in Iraq

Momentum seems to be building behind Khaled Kanaan’s ambitious plan to break down barriers of entry into Iraq to promote greater cross-border trade, investment, and cooperation. But the prominent Jordanian businessman admitted that convincing more of his peers to bet…

In the Driving Seat

Sebastien Wakim, Uber’s General Manager for Amman and Beirut. Who are you targeting in the Jordanian market? We don’t really have a target audience. Transport is a daily necessity for most people and we are here to provide another choice…

Hotel Electricity Rate Cut: A Misguided Move

The decision to slash electricity rates for hotels won’t do anything to solve the crisis in Jordan’s tourism sector. By Jawad J. Abbassi Jordan’s tourism sector plays an important role in the Kingdom’s economy. According to the Ministry of Tourism…

Jordan’s Gaping Gender Wage Gap

By Jane Hosking If men and women have the same job and do the same work, they should be paid the same wage, right? While this may seem like simple logic, the reality, however, is quite often a different story….

Hope for Startups

Startup guru Christopher Schroeder is a firm believer in the MENA region’s entrepreneurial spirit, which he says is inspiring young, tech-savvy Arabs to leverage the little they have to shape a better future for themselves and those around them.     By…

Sukuk Market Set for Lift-Off

With new regulations firmly in place, Sharia-compliant bonds finally appear to be gaining traction in Jordan. The Islamic debt market in Jordan is set to capitalize on growing worldwide interest in sukuk, or sharia-compliant bonds. This comes after long-awaited regulations…

Mubadarah: The Politics of the Possible

After successfully pressuring the government to grant civil rights to the children of Jordanian women married to foreigners, MP Mustafa Hamarneh’s Mubadarah legislative bloc is out to prove that parliament isn’t an ineffectual talking shop. By Abdul-Wahab Kayyali and Dina…

The Arab Potash Company: Did Privatization Work?

This article appeared in the April, 2014 edition of Venture.   More than a decade has passed since the Arab Potash Company was partly sold off under Jordan’s controversial privatization drive. Was it a wise move? By Dina al-Wakeel Jordan’s controversial…

InterContinental’s New Manager Upbeat

InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) recently appointed Micheal Koth to the positions of Director of Operations for the Levant, and the of InterContinental Jordan. The industry veteran is confident he can maintain his group’s leading position in the Kingdom’s fast developing…

Failing Health

Public hospitals desperately need a dose of competition to boost standards and efficiency. I witnessed a terminally ill cancer patient being admitted to a top-rated private hospital in Amman. The room was sparkling clean and the nursing staff fully attentive,…