Category: News & Views

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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…

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Cutting cancer care: An unhealthy decision

The government’s move to cut back on cancer care to save money is yet another slap in the face for everyday Jordanians, many of whom are already struggling under a controversial austerity program. By Osama Al Sharif As if the…

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A modern public transport system or a driving distraction?

The Prime Minister was mistaken to assert we have to first dramatically reduce our reliance on cars before we can begin developing a modern public transport system. In a recent televised interview, Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki provided some interesting insights…

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U.S. Boosts Aid to Jordan

The US government has decided to give Jordan $1.275 billion annually until 2022 – an increase of $275 million per year on the current level of assistance it provides to the Kingdom, a key regional ally said. “This is a…

capital spending

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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A tumultuous 2018

Brace yourselves—2018 is likely to be tumultuous, packed with ever more instability and uncertainty. By Osama Al Sharif A record was set when the Lower House of Parliament passed the 2018 state budget in one day; effectively doing away with…

eID

Jordan’s new national electronic ID receives recognition

The new national electronic ID (eID) in Jordan was recognized as the industry’s best ID document in the recent High Security Printing EMEA, annual awards event in Poland. The presentation was made by Reconnaissance, organizers of the High Security Printing…

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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…

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: The Year Ahead

An expected increase in oil prices, combined with sustained growth in the non-oil sector, should drive economic expansion in Abu Dhabi in 2018, allowing the economy to rebound from a relatively flat performance in the previous 12 months. Abu Dhabi’s…