Tag: World Bank

IFC

IFC Invests $45 Million in MS Pharma

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, is making a $45 million equity investment in Jordan’s MS Pharma. “We believe that supporting leading companies such as MS Pharma will not only improve access to…

The World Economic Forum (WEF)

The WEF Spotlights Startups

The World Economic Forum rolls into town this month with the aim of recognizing the region’s most promising startups. American research and advisory firm Gartner has called it the “Nexus of Forces,” which is when social, mobile, cloud and information…

Minister of Finance Omar Malhas on Jordan's Economy in 2017

The Economy in 2017

Jordan’s Finance Minister, Omar Malhas, says the country will have to make some tough economic choices in 2017. By Dina Al Wakeel Jordan’s public debt now stands at almost 95 percent of GDP, and unemployment is running at around 16…

A Statesman Speaks

Marwan Muasher isn’t waiting for change to be instigated from the top. He’s building a constituency on the ground that will push for it. By Abdul-Wahab Kayyali To Jordanians of all stripes, Marwan Muasher hardly needs an introduction. The former…

KRISTINA KOSTIAL

Venture at 10: Kristina Kostial

Kristina Kostial, Former International Monetary Fund Mission Chief for Jordan Date of Interview: August 2015 To overcome persistent economic shocks, in 2012 Jordan successfully sought out a loan from the IMF in return for introducing a series of tough economic reforms….

Minister of Finance Omar Malhas at the Euromoney Conference

Jordan to Begin Talks With IMF on $700-$800 Million EFF

Jordan is expected to begin talks with the IMF this month to try to secure an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with the international lender worth between $700 and $800 million. The talks come after Jordan successfully completed a three-year, $2…

The World Bank

Jordan GDP to Hit 3 Percent in 2016 – World Bank

The World Bank said Jordan’s GDP should reach 3 percent in 2016, up from 2.4 percent in 2015, which was the slowest pace of growth in four years. In its latest MENA Economic Report, the bank said the rise in…

refugee crisis

Perhaps the Sky isn’t Falling

A rational evaluation of the state of the global economy is needed to counter the effect of the doom and gloom merchants causing jitters in markets. By Khalid W. Wazani Although in economic theory, prices are the main determinant of…

What Cheap Oil Means for Us

On paper, record low oil prices should prove to be an economic bonanza for an emerging market energy importer like Jordan. But what’s the reality? By Dina al-Wakeel In 2011, just when it was trying to get back on its…

U.S. Seeking New Markets for Jordan’s Private Sector

US Ambassador to Jordan Alice G. Wells said she’s striving to open up new international markets for American and Jordanian firms based in the Kingdom. In a bid to encourage greater joint economic development, Wells said her government was working…