Author Archives: Khalid W. Wazani

About Khalid W. Wazani

Khalid Wazani is the Strategy and Knowledge Adviser to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation in Dubai. Contact him on:
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Omar Razzaz, Agility is the Answer

To successfully overcome the challenges ahead, Omar Razzaz and his new government will need to move quickly and transparently. A new government headed by Omar Razzaz was established recently. The administration’s main motto is agility. This means it will focus…

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We Need a Time Out on Taxes

Further taxes and tax rises will only exacerbate the grave economic problems facing Jordan. During the mid-1970s and early 1980s, it was widely believed that Jordan suffered from the Dutch Disease, in that it had a strong currency but a…


Economic Forecasts and Predicting Growth

While certainly useful, economic forecasts shouldn’t distract decision makers from pursuing sound economic strategies. In a recent report, the World Bank Monitor said Jordan’s maximum real growth this year was unlikely to exceed 2.4 percent. While the average outlook over…

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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…

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Austerity isn’t the answer

The latest round of tax hikes and subsidy cuts of austerity will unlikely have much of an impact on the underlining challenges facing Jordan’s economy. The government’s main justification for recently passing broad new austerity measures was to try to…

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Reasons for Cheer in 2018

After a decade or so in the doldrums, things are finally looking up for Jordan’s economy. Evidence from both the global and regional arena warrant saying that Jordan is moving towards a growth cycle, leaving the bottleneck of the last…

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Jordan’s Knowledge Scorecard

An important new global knowledge index highlights the areas where Jordan is excelling and struggling. According to the first edition of the Global Knowledge Index (GKI), which was recently set up by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation…

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Countdown to NEOM

Saudi Arabia’s planned $500 billion NEOM mega-city could easily become one of the most important economic development projects in the MENA region. And Jordan would have an important part in making it a success. The wildly ambitious NEOM business and…

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The Value of Good Service

Countries over the world fully grasp the important role good services can play in the development of strong and competitive economies. So why doesn’t Jordan? In the current division of economic development stages for nations, only those with outstanding service…