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The Jordanian Forum for Economic Development (JFED)


Contents:

Economic Policy Dialogue Series
Annual and Bi-Annual Reports
Economic Policy Dialogue Newsletter




Introduction

The Jordanian Forum for Economic Development (JFED) is a podium for economic dialogue launched in 1998. The Forum organizes discussion groups, conferences, symposiums and brainstorming sessions to discuss pressing economic issues and policies. It contributes to modernizing the understanding of new economic concerns, through encouraging research and publishing reports and information on economic development issues, while conveying the relevant recommendations to decision makers at the executive and legislative levels, as well as the business sector and media.
By building a bridge that links Arab and international economists, the Forum formulates modern economic concepts, and strives to keep up with the international economic environment, as well as the strategies and policies adopted by different economic institutions. This also includes enhancing joint Arab work and regional partnership agreements.

Objectives

Guided by the need to overcome the economic challenges that face Jordan today, the Forum's goals are set based on the need to adapt to globalization, economic liberalization and reform. This would require the establishment of new economic policies, improved utilization of productive resources, development of the competitiveness of the Jordanian economy, and the reinforcement and motivation of the progressive elements in all economic sectors. Accordingly, the goals of the Jordanian Forum for Economic Development have been determined as follows:

  • To encourage dialogue on economic policies between the Government, private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia. This is in addition to discussing the hot and pressing issues at the national, regional and international fronts, particularly those that affect the Jordanian economy. Moreover, the Forum contributes to the process of finding appropriate solutions, through conveying recommendations to decision-makers in both the executive and legislative authorities, and to the business associations and economic media.

  • Monitoring and evaluating economic policies, whilst objectively highlighting both positive and negative aspects, instead of merely criticizing public policies. This monitoring and evaluating process would be based on scientific research and on brainstorming sessions, where the private sector and the academia would jointly reach solutions for economic problems encountered. The private sector would hereby prove its effective partnership and it social responsibility towards societal and economic problems.

  • Contribute to raising awareness on important economic challenges, internationally and regionally, and opening up on new concepts and latest developments. This is achieved through conducting symposiums and workshops, and utilizing various means of publications for advocacy. The Forum also attempts to increase acquaintance with the international economic environment and adaptation to the ongoing adjustment plans, whilst enforcing issues of transparency, accountability and corporate governance.

  • Prepare annual and bi-annual reports that analyze the performance of the Jordanian economy, and highlight major economic indicators. JFED also publishes of the proceedings of its symposiums and workshops, in addition to its activities and programs, through quarterly bulletins.

  • Build an economic database and ensure its easy access by decision-makers in all sectors. This would help them make accurate forecasts and timely decisions pertaining to their respective institutions. The Forum also possesses an economic library which includes different economic references, books and periodical publications, in addition to research papers presented at symposiums and conferences. The Forum aims at posting these reports and database on the internet to allow easy access and search of information.

  • Cooperate with similar Arab, regional and international organizations on formulating appropriate strategies and work mechanisms to meet the challenges of globalization, namely, economic liberalization, privatization, intellectual property, and Jordanian partnership agreements with the EU and WTO. Other areas of concern are promoting joint Arab economic work, and examining the social impacts of policies of regional concern, such as structural adjustment, privatization and globalization.

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JFED Work Mechanism

Achieving the above mentioned goals requires a specially diverse and multi-faceted work mechanism, which JFED has adopted since its establishment.

  1. Workshops and Brain-Storming Sessions: JFED is one of the most dynamic platforms in Jordan at conducting workshops and seminars on the most up-to-date topics. These sessions discuss urgent and vital economic and controversial issues, in an attempt to raise awareness and grasp a consensus on them. The sessions are usually focused on one or more working papers prepared for this purpose, while providing an opportunity for the participants, who are selected from the private, academic and public sectors, to discuss and express their opinions on the issues under question. The meetings ultimately emerge with conclusions and recommendations, which are then conveyed to the decision-makers and the press.

  2. Symposiums and Conferences. JFED has acquired a positive reputation in conducting symposiums and conferences on a regular basis. These are usually organized to discuss major economic issues, that require the preparation of several working papers covering numerous and detailed aspects of one major topic. The duration of these meetings varies between one full day and three days.

  3. Publications: Realizing the significant role of publications in highlighting economic events and activities, monitoring plans and policies, advocating for new approaches, and raising public awareness, JFED allocates vast efforts in regularly publishing series of reports, working papers, newsletters, magazines and bulletins.




JFED Work Team

JFED is managed and administered by the Executive Director, who coordinates the activities and projects of the Forum. JFED is run by a team of Economists, Research Assistants and Technical Aides, and has an Advisory Board that includes a number of highly qualified key economic experts.


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  • JFED Activities


The Forum’s activities in 2006:

  1. The Fifth Middle East and North Africa Development Forum (MDF5).
    The MDF5 was held in Beirut, Lebanon, on April 6-9, 2006. UJRC participated in this Forum with a major workshop of two sessions, held on April 7, with the attendance of over 70 participants. The workshop agenda was commenced by Mr. Hani Hourani, UJRC Director General, who defined the Corporate Social Responsibility project; background, objectives, stages, and implementation procedures. He stressed the need to promote CSR culture amongst businesses in the region and strengthen CSR practices as an integral part of private sector reforms.
    This first session was chaired by Dr. Jawad Anani, member of the MDF Advisory Board and the former Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan. Main speakers were: Dr. May Al-Taher (JFED Executive Director and CSR Project Coordinator, UJRC), Mr. Ashraf Shamseldin (securities market/ Egypt), Dr. Khalil Gebara (Lebanese Transparency Association/ Lebanon), Dr. Melsa Ararat (Corporate Governance Forum/ Turkey), and Mr. Anas El Hasnaoui (Prime Ministry/ Morocco). There was a large audience of discussants, such as Dr. Sabri Rbeihat (Minister of Political Development), Dr. Fouad Shaker (Union of Arab Banks/ Egypt), Dr. Yusuf Mansur (Envision Consulting Group/ Jordan), amongst others.
    This second session was chaired by Ms. Nadia Al Saeed (Dead Sea Forum and former Minister of Telecommunications). Main speakers on this session were: Mr. Walid Tawil (Chamber of Industry/ Jordan), Mr. Abdesselam Aboudrar (CDG/ Morocco), Dr. Ibrahim Badran (Philadelphia University/ Jordan), Mr. Zaid Masri (Umniah Telecommunications/ Jordan). Discussants included, amongst others: Ms. Laila Sharaf (MDF Advisory Board member and MP), Ms. Asma Khader (MIZAN Group of Human Rights and former minister), Dr. Samir Mutawi (Jordan News Agency and former minister), Ms. Nabila Hamza (Tunis), Ms. Rasheda Al Hamdani (Women National Committee/ Yemen), Ms. Nermin Nour (Youth Exporters Association/ Egypt), Mr. Mohammed Hatamleh (Union Bank/ Jordan), Mr. Amine Herida (Morocco).
    MDF5 participants called upon UJRC to launch the initiative to set up national and regional forums on CSR, in addition to establishing a regional coalition amongst different sectors and stakeholders to define and spread CSR best practices.

  2. The Third Regional Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility.
    This was held on March 22-23, 2006, at the Meridien Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Speakers on the first session were Mr. Hani Hourani and Dr. May Al-Taher, who gave a presentation on the status of CSR in Jordan. Mr. Ashraf Shamseldin spoke on CSR practices in Egypt, and Mr. Abdesselam Aboudrar and Mr. Anas El Hasnaoui presented the Moroccan experience on CSR. Amongst the discussants were Ms. Salwa Kheiry from Jordan Environment Society, and a couple of representatives from the Department of Companies Control, Jordan Securities Commission, Workers Unions, and the banking sector. Each gave the scope of CSR implemented in their respective field of work. Participants agreed on the need to promote legislations on CSR incentives, and to establish CSR networks and coalitions.

  3. The Second Regional Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility.
    This was held on February 21-22, 2006, in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting was attended by the regional consultants on CSR who are working on the country case studies: Mr. Ashraf Shamseldin; capital market adviser, Egypt, Mr. Abdesselam Aboudrar and Mr. Anas El Hasnaoui; Morocco, Mr. Hani Hourani and Dr. May Al-Taher; UJRC, Jordan, and Dr. Melsa Ararat, Turkey. There were a number of invited speakers who gave presentations on Turkey’s experience in CSR practices, namely, Mr. Gerd Leeurs; GTZ, Ms. Engin Güvenç; Business Council for Sustainable Development; Ms. Filiz Bikmen; Third Sector Foundation, and Ms. Serap Yetiş; Arkas Holding Company.

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The Forum’s activities in 2005:

  1. First Regional Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility.
    This was held on December 3, 2005, in Rabat, Morocco. The meeting was attended by: Mr. Abdesselam Aboudrar; CDG Group, Morocco, Mr. Anas Hasnaoui; Morocco Prime Ministry, Dr. Melsa Ararat; Director of Corporate Governance Forum of Turkey, Marie-Louise Graf; Lebanese Transparency Association, Hani Hourani; UJRC Director General and CSR project manager, and Dr. Alexander Zalameh; President of Dubai Ethics Resource Center in UAE. It was agreed to widen the scope of the country case studies on CSR practices to include Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, UAE, Palestine, and Egypt. It was agreed that Egypt’s case study be postponed for discussion in an upcoming workshop. It was also agreed to update the action plan to determine steps to be taken before holding the 5th MENA Development Forum.

  2. First Regional Expert Meeting on the initiative: “Strengthening Corporate Social Responsibility in the Businesses of the MENA Region”.
    This was held at the Meridien Hotel in Amman, on June 28, 2005, with the participation of experts representing 6 countries in the region. UJRC officially launched the new initiative on Strengthening CSR in the Businesses of the MENA region, within the framework of the Fifth MENA Development Forum on Reforms for Development. The project comprises of preparing country case studies on CSR practices. The expert meeting introduced background papers on the CSR concept, while stressing corporate citizenship and business ethics in the private sector. Keynote speakers were: Mr. Thabet Al Taher; Director General of Abdel Hamid Shuman Foundation, Dr. Khalil Elian, Mr. Mifleh Aqel; head of Jordanian Banks Association, Mr. Hani Hourani; UJRC, Dr. Yusuf Mansur; EJADA, Ms. Raghda Butros; Aramex, and Mr. Fawaz Sha’lan; the Jordanian Resources. Amongst the regional participants were: Dr. Melsa Ararat, Dr. Alexander Zalameh, Mr. Abdesselam Aboudrar, Mr. Anas El Hasnaoui, and Dr. Khalil Gebara, Lebanese Transparency Association.

  3. A workshop on: The Jordanian Forum for Corporate Governance.
    This workshop was held in the Radisson SAS in Amman, on February 22, 2005. Speakers at the opening ceremony were Dr. Ahmad Al Hindawi, Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Hani Hourani, UJRC Director General, Mr. Talal Abu Hassan, representative of Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and Mr. Bassam Asfour, commissioner of Jordan Securities Commission. Several papers were delivered at this workshop, as follows: “Presenting the World Bank study on Corporate Governance in Jordan”, by Dr. Omar Al Jazi, “Comments on the Survey on Executive Directors of Public Shareholding Companies on Corporate Governance” by Mr. Mohammad Hatamleh, “The Mechanism of choosing representatives of the Jordanian Investment Association for Board of Directors of Public Shareholding Companies” by Dr. Nabih Salameh, “The Role of the Department of Companies Control in Asserting Corporate Governance Values”, by Dr. Mahmoud Ababneh, “The Role of the Social Security Commition in Strengthening Corporate Governance”, by Ms. Fadwa Obeidat, “The Role of Banks in Strengthening Corporate Governance”, by Mr. Mifleh Aqel, and finally, “The Role of the Insurance Commision in Strengthening Corporate Governance in the Insurance Sector” by Ms. Khulood Al Saqqaf.

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The Forum’s activities in 2004:


  1. A Workshop on: The Informal Sector in Jordan: an insight on the informal sector in the Northern region.
    This workshop was held in Irbid Municipality hall on July 28, 2004. The opening session included speeches by Mr. Walid Al Masri, Mayor of Greater Irbid, Mr. Maher Al Nasser, head of Irbid Chamber of Industry, Mr. Mohammed Al Shouha, head of Irbid Chamber of Trade, and Mr. Hani Hourani, UJRC Director General. The working papers were presented by: Dr. Ismail Abu Al-Sundos on the qualities of the informal sector in Jordan, Mr. Nasser Kamel on the informal sector in the North, Mr. Hamza Anaqrah on street vendors and peddlers in Irbid city.

  2. A Workshop on: The Informal Sector in Jordan: characteristics of the informal sector in the mid-region.
    This workshop was held in Zarqa Municipality hall on July 19th, 2006. Speakers at the opening ceremony were Eng. Ra’fat Majali, Mayor of Zarqa, and Mr. Hani Hourani, Director General of UJRC. A couple of papers were delivered: “The Status of the Informal Sector in Jordan” by Mr. Hussein Abu Rumman, “Features of the Informal Sector in the mid-region”, by Mr. Nasser Kamel, “Street Vendors and Peddlers in Zarqa city”, by Mr. Hassan Saeed, the head of Investment at Zarqa Municipality. This was followed by a Round Table discussion that was chaired by Eng. Hussein Kamel, the head of Zarqa Chamber of Industry.

  3. A Workshop on: The informal Sector and Sustainable Development: an insight on the Southern region.
    This workshop was held with the cooperation of Petra region Authority and the Arab Society for Culture and Civilization (Bait Al-Anbat) at Edom Hotel in Wadi Mousa/ Petra, on June 28, 2004. Eng. Shehadeh Abu Hadeeb, Director General of Petra region, Mr. Ziad Twaisy, head of Al-Anbat Society, and Mr. Hani Hourani, UJRC Director General spoke at the opening session. The following working papers were presented at the workshop: “An Overview of the Results of the UJRC Survey on the Informal Sector”, by Mr. Hussein Abu Rumman, “Characteristics of the Informal Sector in the Southern Region”, by Mr. Nasser Kamel, and “The Informal Sector and Ssustainable Development”, by Mr. Hani Hourani. The workshop was concluded with a Round Table session to discuss appropriate policies for the informal sector and to draw the workshop recommendations.

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The Forum’s activities in 2003:

  1. Workshop on: The Informal Sector and Statistics
    This workshop was held on December 15, 2003, at the conference room of UJRC. Dr. Hussein Shakhatreh, Director General of the Department of Statistics, presented the main paper, where he clarified the status of the informal sector in Jordan within sectoral statistics, and discussed future perceptions of this sector.

  2. Workshop on: The Informal Sector in Jordan: Construction workers in residential buildings
    This workshop was held in October 28, 2003, at UJRC conference room. Mr. Ali Al Ghazawi, Director General of Development and Employment Fund, presented the main paper, focusing on a case study on workers in the construction sector, while examining ways of organizing this sector and discussing the advantages of substituting foreign labour with local workers.

  3. Workshop on: The Informal Sector in Jordan, a general overview
    This workshop was held on September 20, 2003, at UJRC conference room. The main paper was presented by Mr. Mohammad Saeed Hamami, Director General of the Jordanian Loan Guarantee Corporation, where he stressed the significance of the informal sector, while illustrating the features of this sector, its sustaining bodies, and the problems it encounters.

  4. Dialogue Session: The Jordanian dialogue group on evaluating the status of Corporate Governance in Jordan.
    This meeting was organized in Radisson SAS hotel in Amman on July 8, 2003, with the participation of 29 persons representing the Central Bank of Jordan, Jordanian Securities Commission, commercial banks, Jordanian universities, and the government. Three working papers were presented by: Mr. Bassam Asfour on behalf of Dr. Bassam Saket, head of Jordanian Securities Commission, Mr. Jalil Tareef, Executive Director of Amman Stock Market, and Mr. Naim Khouri, partner in Saba and Associates.

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The Forum’s activities in 2002:

  1. Workshop: Entrepreneurship and Young Entrepreneurs in Jordan:
    This workshop was held on August 20, 2002. The workshop aimed at looking at local experiences of enterprises, relevant legislations and regulations, and challenges and problems faced by entrepreneurs. Dr. Ibrahim Badran, Vice President of Philadelphia University and former Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, presented the main paper, in addition to Mr. Laith Al-Qassem, President of the Young Entrepreneur Association (YEA), who prepared a paper on the Jordanian experience.

  2. Workshop: The FTA with USA...Opportunities and Challenges:
    This workshop was held on August 12th, 2002. Mr. Fawwaz Al-Sha'lan, former President of the Jordanian American Business Association (JABA) presented the main paper. This workshop aimed at highlighting the impediments that prevent Jordanian industrial products from reaching the US market, and whether these impediments were of a Jordanian nature, while proposing solutions to overcome these impediments.

  3. Workshop: Trends and challenges in information and telecommunications technology:
    This workshop was held on July 3, 2002, at the Radisson SAS hotel in Amman. The main working paper was presented by Professor Mohammad Obeidat, an international expert in Information and Communications Technology. Chairperson: Dr. Adnan Badran, Philadelphia University.

  4. Workshop: The Informal Sector in the Jordanian economy:
    This workshop was held on May 21, 2002. The main working paper was presented by Dr. Khalil Elian from Amman Arab University, and was commented upon by Dr. Hussein Shakhatreh, Director General of the Department of Statistics. Chairperson: Dr. Munther Masri, Director of National Center for Human Resources Development.

  5. Workshop: Applying Good Governance in Shareholding Companies:
    This workshop was held on May 7, 2002, at the Bristol Hotel in Amman. The main working paper was presented by Mr. Jalil Tareef, Amman Stock Exchange, and was commented upon by Mr. Naim Khoury, Saba & Associates. Chairperson: Dr. Yusuf Mansur, Euro-Jordanian action for the development of enterprise (EJADA).


The Forum’s activities in 2001:

  1. Optimal Use of Privatization Revenues in Jordan:
    This workshop was held at Marmara Hotel on November 13, 2001. The main working paper was presented by Dr. Yusuf Mansur (EJADA), and commented upon by Dr. Montaser Oklah, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative and Programme Director, UNDP. Chairperson: Dr. Ibrahim Badran, Philadelphia University.

  2. What After the Economic Reform Program?:
    This debate session was held at Marmara Hotel on October 24, 2001. The main discussion was introduced by Dr. Mohammad Saeed Nabulsi, former governor of the Central Bank and head of the Board of Directors of Trust Investment Company. Mohammad Hatamleh, presented a paper on impacts of economic reforms on the Jordanian economy. Chairperson: Dr. Haitham Hourani, JFED executive director.

  3. Financing Micro Enterprises: a national duty:
    This workshop was held at Marmara Hotel on August 12, 2001. A number of working papers were presented, among which those of: Marzuq Al Hadid, director general of the Development and Employment Fund, Mohammad Said Hamami, director general of the Jordanian Loan Guarantee Corporation, and Mazen Shaker, Industrial Development Bank. Chairperson: Reem Badran, director general of the Jordan Investment Board.

  4. Public Finance in Light of the Liberalization of Trade: A Future Outlook:
    This session was held on June 25, 2001, at Marmara Hotel. The main paper presented was by Dr. Mohammad Abu Hamour, secretary general of the Ministry of Finance, and was commented upon by: Mr. Haidar Murad, head of the Jordanian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Dr. Mohammad Smadi, head of the Board of Directors at the Jordanian National Waterlines Company, and Mohammad Hatamleh.

  5. Competitiveness and Successful Experiments in Penetrating Global Markets:
    This workshop was held at Marmara Hotel on April 26, 2001. Nisreen Barakat, director of the Competitiveness Unit at the Ministry of Planning, presented the main paper, which was commented upon by Dr. Yusuf Mansur and Eng. Omar Abu Washah, deputy director of Petra Engineering Company. Session chairperson: Dr. Bashir Zo’bi, economic advisor at the Prime Ministry.

  6. The New Economy: Five Dimensions of the Concept:
    This workshop was held at Marmara Hotel on March 26, 2001. The workshop included a main working paper by Dr. Michael Erika, senior economic researcher at the International Politics Analysis Unit of Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The paper was commented upon by Dr. Yusuf Mansur, EJADA, and Laith Al Qassem, general manager of the Jordanian Technology Group, in addition to the chairperson of the session, Dr. Ziad Fariz, executive director of the Arab Banking Corporation.

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Activities 1999-2000:

  1. Privatizing the Media Sector in Jordan:
    This meeting was held at the Marriot Hotel on October 25, 2000, and was chaired by Dr. Ibrahim Badran, Philadelphia University. Dr. Taleb Rifai, Minister of Media, presented the main working paper. Participants who discussed this paper included key economists, academia, and media specialists, such as Dr. Munther Al Masri, Dr. Abdullah Nsour, Mr. Saqer Abdel Fattah, Dr. Adel Qudah, and Dr. Tayseer Abu Arjah.

    The aim of this meeting was to discuss the media sector in Jordan, and its future outlook in light of the government's directives to privatize it, as well as the impact of this process on the freedom of expression and publication, on local and foreign investments, and on the media workforce.

  2. Industrial Exports and the Role of the Free Trade Agreement in Promoting Them:
    This discussion group, headed by Mr. Othman Bdeir, head of the Amman Chamber of Industry, met on July 31, 2000 at Amman Chamber of Industry. Dr. Samir Umeish presented the main working paper. Participants in this meeting were Dr. Abdel Halim Abdeen, Mr. Ali Obeidat, Mr. Maher Al Nasser, and Mr. Ahmad Smadi.
    The purpose of this meeting was to identify the conditions and benefits of the Qualifying Industrial Zones and the Free Trade Agreement with the USA, which provided an opportunity for Jordanian exports to penetrate the US market without restrictions on quantity or customs. The meeting discussed competitiveness, quality standards and requirements of the US market, in addition to shipment and export technicalities.

  3. The Transparency of Statistical Data in Serving the Private Sector and Economic Decision Makers:
    This discussion group was held on July 25, 2000 at Amman Chamber of Industry. Dr. Hussein Shakhatreh presented the main working paper, with Dr. Fahd Al Fanek heading the meeting. Participants in the discussion of this paper were Mr. Mohammad Rawashdeh, Mr. Yaser Abu Hamour, Mr. Mohammad Khasawneh, Dr. Mohammad Abdel Hadi, Mr. Samir Ghawi, Mr. Walid Samhouri and Mr. Tayseer Smadi.
    This discussion group had met to highlight the strategic role of statistical data in economic development, and to discuss the new directives of the Department of Public Statistics in adopting transparency and speed in the supply of information, thus helping both the private and the public sectors in their planning strategies and decision making.

     
  4. The Agricultural Sector and the Challenges of Reviving Agricultural Exports:
    This discussion group was held on March 27, 2000 at the Export Development Organization. Dr. Salem Al Louzi presented the main working paper, while Dr. Haitham Hourani headed the meeting. Participants commenting on this working paper included Mr. Hasan Nabulsi, Dr. Samir Habab, and Mr. Akef Al-Zoubi. The purpose of this meeting was to formulate the necessary recommendations to develop agricultural production and to enhance exports of these products, in light of Jordan's commitment to liberalize its markets and abolish all restrictions and customs on imported agricultural products within a predetermined time frame.

  5. The Jordanian Economy within the framework of the Jordanian – European Partnership Agreement

    This one-day Symposium was held on February 15, 2000, at Jerusalem International Hotel in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning and the European Commission in Jordan.
    The symposium shed the light on the Jordanian-European partnership agreement in general, and discussed its impact on the industrial and agricultural sectors, and on foreign investment. Discussions also included the preventive measures and precautions that are stipulated in this agreement.

  6. Jordan's Accession to the World Trade Organization: Challenges and Perspectives:
    Held at Le Meridien Hotel, Amman, on December 27, 1999.
    The main working paper was presented by Dr. Mohammad Halaiqah, the secretary-general of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Discussants included a number of economists.

  7. The Jordanian Pharmaceutical Industry:
    Held in cooperation with the Jordanian Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, at the premises of the Jordan Export Development and Commercial Center Corporation (JEDCO), Amman, on November 23, 1999.
    Main paper: Challenges of Accession to the World Trade Organization, by Dr. Adnan Kelani, Director of Arab Union of Manufacturers of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Appliances. Discussants included a number of representatives from pharmaceutical industries as well as economists and academics, namely, Mr. Anis Muasher, Dr. Adli Mansour, Dr. Bassam Talhouni, Dr. Mazen Qatu, Dr. Maisa Al Saket and Dr. Adi Arida.

  8. The Jordanian Industry: Challenges and Perspectives:
    Held in cooperation with the Society of Investors at Sahab Industrial City and JEDCO, on October 24, 1999.
    Three working papers were presented during this workshop, by Mr. Mazen Saket, Dr. Sameer Umaish, and Ms. Nisreen Barakat. Discussants were a number of industrialists and specialists, such as Dr. Mohammad Al Atrash, Mr. Ahmad Al Saadi, Mr. Jamil Jubran, Dr. Khaled Amin Abdallah, Mr. Yaser Abu Hammour and Mr. Hani Saudi.

     
  9. The Tourism Strategy at the Threshold of the 21st Century:
    Held in cooperation with the Jordanian Businessmen Association, Amman, on July 26, 1999.
    Working paper by Mr. Aqel Beltaji, and discussed by Ms. Nisreen Barakat.
  10. Jordan's Banks and the Requirements of Moving into the 21st Century:
    Held in cooperation with the Association of Banks in Jordan, Amman, July 24, 1999.
    Working paper by Mifleh Aqel, and discussed by Mr. Wasef Azar.
  11. The Predicament of Economic Growth in Jordan:
    Held in Amman, Housing Bank complex, April 28, 1999.
    Working paper by Dr. Fahd Al Fanek.
    Discussants: Dr. Bassam Al Saket, Dr. Jawad Anani, Dr. Mohammad Saeed Nabulsi, Dr. Mohammad Smadi, Mr. Jawad Hadid, Dr. Adib Hadad and Dr. Khalid Wazani..

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Members of the Advisory Board*:

  • H.E. Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Nabulsi, Head of the Board of Directors at “Trust Corporation for Jordanian investment”.
  • Mr. Salem Khaza’leh, head of Accounting Bureau.
  • Ms. Nadia Al Saeed, Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
  • Dr. Basel Al Hindawi, Director General of the Jordanian Insurance Commission.
  • Mr. Jalil Tarif, Executive Director, Amman Stock Exchange.
  • Mr. Abdel Karim Gharaybeh, Head of Department of Company Control/ Ministry of Industry and Trade.
  • Mr. Mohammed Saeed Hamami, Director General of the Jordanian Corporation for Loans.
  • Mr. Ghassan Nuqul, Vice president of Nuqul Group.
  • Mr. Fadi Ghandour. Director General of Aramex.
  • Mr. Ra’fat Halaseh, Credit Deputy Manager, Arab Banking Corporation.
  • Mrs. Eman Al Damen, Director of Corporate Facilities, Cairo Amman Bank.
  • Mr. Naeem Khouri, Saba & Associates, Delloite & Touch International, Jordan.
  • Mr. Omar Abu Wishah, Director General of Petra Engineering Company.
  • Dr. Ibrahim Badran, Assistant President for international affairs, Philadelphia University.
  • Dr. Farouq Kharouf, Financial Director, Arab Bank.
  • Mr. Mohammed Al Basheer, Head of Jordanian Chartered Accountants Organization.
  • Mr. Khalil Daraweesh, Engineering House Company (Jordan) Sha’er and Associates.
  • Mr. Sameer Jaradat, Executive Director, Depository Securities Commission.
  • Dr. Naeem Hasan Dahmash, Department of Economics, Amman Arab University.

* The above Advisory Board members were nominated in 2004, and had regular meetings during the course of that year. JFED is currently in the process of formulating a new Advisory Board.



Publications

  1. A Report on the State of the Jordanian Economy is issued biannually. The first report covers the performance of the Jordanian Economy during the first half of the year, while the second report covers the whole year. Both reports include a summary of the key economic developments, and a chronology of economic events and legislations during the period covered. Reports also contain an overview of the performance of the economy through examining macro indicators, such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), foreign trade, balance of payments, public finance, the banking sector, labour, unemployment…etc.

  2. The Economic Policy Dialogue Newsletter highlights the most important economic developments and sheds light on hot outstanding issues of discussion during the period preceding the newsletter. Moreover, the newsletter regularly acquaints its readers with the Forum’s activities and programs.

  3. The Economic Policy Dialogue Series is a series of books, reports, and pamphlets comprising the working papers, discussions, and recommendations generated by the Forum’s Discussion Groups and Workshops.

    Every once in a while, the Forum publishes studies and research papers that are prepared by its economists and researchers, in addition to publishing the proceedings of the conferences and symposiums organized by the Forum.

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The Jordanian Forum for Economic Development has published a number of specialized studies and reports as books, these include:

  • The Economic Policy Dialogue Series.

    1. The Informal Sector in Jordan: Empirical Study, prepared by: Hani Hourani, Dr. Ismael Abu Al-Sundus, Hussein Abu-Rumman, Nasser Kamel, 200 pages, 2006.

    2. Corporate Governance in Jordan, forum proceedings, edited by: Hussein Abu-Rumman, 164 pages, 2005.

    3.  The New Economy: Five Dimensions of the concept, Dr. Michael Erika et al., seminar proceedings, 120 pages, 2002.

    4. Promoting small-sized Enterprises: A National Responsibility, Mazen Al Shaker et al., debate proceedings, 120 pages, 2002.

    5. Competitiveness and Successful Experiences in Penetrating Global Markets, Ms. Nisreen Barakat et al. debate proceedings, 128 pages, 2002.

    6. Public Finance in Light of the Liberalization of the Jordanian Economy: Challenges and Prospects, Dr. Mohammad Abu Hamour et al. debate proceedings, 124 pages, 2002.

    7. Privatising the Media Sector in Jordan, Dr. Taleb Al Rifai', debate proceedings, 88 pages, 2002.

    8. Optimal Uses of Privatization Revenues in Jordan, Dr. Yusuf Mansur and Dr. Bashir Zoubi, debate proceedings, 116 pages, 2002.

    9. What after the Economic Adjustment Program, Dr. Mohammad Saeed Nabulsi et al. debate proceedings, 104 pages, 2002.

    10. The Transparency of Statistical Data in Serving the Private Sector and Economic Decision makers, Dr. Hussein Shakhatreh, debate proceedings, 66 pages, 2001.

    11. The Jordanian Agricultural Sector and Challenges of Reviving Agricultural Exports, Salem Al Lawzi et el., 120 pages, 2001.

    12. The Jordanian Pharmaceutical Industry and the Challenges of Joining the World Trade Organizations, Nizar Jardaneh and Adnan Keilani, debate proceedings, 120 pages, 2001.

    13. Industrial Exports and the Role of the FTA in promoting them, Eng. Ali Obeidat and et al., debate proceedings, 102 pages, 2001.

    14. Developing the Southern Region, conference proceedings, edited by: Dr. Mohammad Haitham Hourani, 62 pages, 2001.

    15. The Jordanian Industry … Challenges and Perspectives, Mazen Al Saket et al. debate proceedings, 96 pages, 2000.

    16. Jordan's Tourism Strategy at the Threshold of the 21st Century, Aqel Beltaji et al. debate proceedings, 88 pages, 2000.

    17. Jordanian Banks and the Requirements of the 21st Century, Mifleh Akel et al. debate proceedings, 92 pages, 2000.

    18. Jordan's Accession to the WTO: Challenges and Perspectives, Dr. Mohammad Halaiqa, debate proceedings, 96 pages, 2000.

    19. The Predicament Constraints of Economic Growth in Jordan, Dr. Fahed Al Fanek et al. debate proceedings, 84 pages, 1999.

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      • Others:
    20. The Dual Financial Crisis. (Historical documents on Jordan’s Financial, Monetary, and Banking Crisis from 1988 – 1991, with special emphasis on the collapse of Petra Bank), Dr. Mohammed Saeed Nabulsi, 294 pages, 2006.

    21. The Jordanian Economy in its Regional and International Framework, conference proceedings, edited by: Dr. Khaled Al Wazani and Hussein Abu-Rumman, 522 pages, 1997.
      Publications in English:

    22. The Jordanian Economy in Its Regional and International Framework, conference proceedings, supervised by Hani Hourani, edited by: B. Kay Neal, 544 pages, 1998.

    23. The Jordanian Economy 2001, a report on the performance of the Jordanian economy during 2001, 146 pages, 2002.

    24. The Jordanian Economy 2001, a report on the performance of the Jordanian economy during the first half of 2001, 112 pages, 2002.

    25. The Jordanian Economy 2000, a report on the performance of the Jordanian economy during 2000, 148 pages, 2001.

    26. The Jordanian Economy 2000, a report on the performance of the Jordanian economy during the first half of 2000, 106 pages, 2000.

    27. The Jordanian Economy 1999, a report on the performance of the Jordanian economy during 1999, 116 pages, 2000.

    28. The Jordanian Economy 1999, a report on the performance of the Jordanian economy during the first half of 1999, 68 pages, 1999.

    29. The Jordanian Economy 1998, a report on the performance of the Jordanian economy during 1998, 92 pages, 1999.

      • Publications in English:
    30. The Jordanian Economy 2000, a report on the performance of the Jordanian Economy 2000, 80 pages, 2001.

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  • The Economic Policy Dialogue Newsletter

    2003:
    Issue No.1: The State of Corporate Governance in Jordan.
    Issue No.2: Entrepreneurship.
    Issue No.3: Informal Sector in developing countries with special attention to Jordan.
    Issue No.4: The State of Corporate Governance in Jordan (English).

    2004:
    Issue No.5: Special Issue on Corporate Governance in Jordan.
    Issue No.6: JFED implements a survey on Jordanian CEOs towards Corporate Governance.
    Issue No.7: JFED implements a survey on Corporate Governance in
    Jordanian Public Shareholding Companies.

    2005:
    Issue No.8: Jordanian CEOs towards Corporate Governance.
    Issue No.9: Jordanian CEO's: Towards Corporate Governance (English).
    Issue No.10: UJRC launches the Corporate Social Responsibility Project in the MENA Region.
    Issue No.11: UJRC launches the Corporate Social Responsibility Project in the MENA Region (English).
    Issue No.12: Corporate Social Responsibility: Case Studies on Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, UAE and Turkey (English).

    2006:
    Issue No.13: Corporate Social Responsibility: Case Studies on Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, UAE and Turkey.

     

    For inquiries contact: JFED@ujrc-jordan.org





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