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Gearing up for growth in 2017 – strategic technology investments for manufacturers in JordanJanuary 10, 2017

What’s on tap for Jordanian manufacturers in 2017? Nothing but net (profits, that is) as manufacturers kick off the year with an optimistic eye to the future. It’s an exciting time, with manufacturers gearing up for growth, investing in equipment, new manufacturing modalities such as 3D printing, and software to support digital transformation and new collaborative, connected factory floor competencies.

Expect Cloud, the Internet of Things"...

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Jordan PM Hani al-Mulki visits Baghdad for security talks January 10, 2017

Jordanian Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki arrived in Baghdad on Monday for talks with Iraqi officials, according to an Iraqi cabinet source.

"The Jordanian prime minister has come to discuss common economic and security issues and the ongoing war against the Daesh terrorist group," the source said, speaking anonymously due to restrictions on talking to media.

While in Iraq, al-Mulki is slated to meet Iraqi counterpart Haidar al-Abadi,"......

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Jordan, UAE sign grant deal of 200 mln USD January 10, 2017

A Jordanian official said his country signed Tuesday a grant agreement of 200 million U.S. dollars with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

It is part of a grant totaling 1.25 billion dollars to the kingdom, Imad Fakhoury, Jordan's minister of planing and international cooperation, said at a press conference.

The grant, extended by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, will be used"...

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King urges ‘alternative’ sources of public revenues January 10, 2017

His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday stressed the importance of protecting those with low and middle incomes, especially given the current economic climate.

Meeting with Senate President Faisal Fayez, Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh and members of both chambers at his office at Al Husseiniya Palace, His Majesty said he had directed the government to reconsider proposed financial reforms, and to find alternatives that would protect lower earners.

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Women advocates urge unified, credible expats data January 10, 2017

“Huge” discrepancies in the numbers of Jordanian expatriates “weaken chances of success” of government’s plans and strategies, an NGO advocating women’s rights has said.

Citing the 2015 population census, the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI) noted that the number of Jordanians living abroad amounts only to 34,951 people, 26,364 of whom are males at 75.5 per cent, and 8,587 are females.

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Jordan ‘largest beneficiary’ of Hungarian scholarship programme January 10, 2017

Jordan is “the largest beneficiary” of Hungary’s scholarship programme Stipendium Hungaricum, with 400 scholarships annually available for Jordanian students, the embassy said on Tuesday.

The Hungarian Government’s student mobility programme involves 50 partner countries, an embassy statement said, adding that the scholarship entails free tuition and medical insurance, as well as monthly"...

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New project to help Irbid refugees, host communities train for jobs, launch their own enterprisesJanuary 10, 2017

The LEADERS Consortium on Tuesday launched a new project to help Syrian refugees and host communities in the northern governorate of Irbid.

With the support of the European Union’s MADAD Trust Fund and the Regional Development and Protection Programme, the LEADERS Consortium brings together five agencies, including the Danish Refugee Council (consortium lead), Save the Children, CARE, ACTED and Oxfam, according to stakeholders.

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King: Low-income groups, middle class should be protected January 10, 2017

His Majesty King Abdullah II Tuesday stressed the necessity to protect low-income groups and the middle class in view of the difficult economic conditions facing the Kingdom.

He also said during a meeting at Al Husseiniyeh Palace with the speakers of the Lower House and Senate and members of their permanent offices that he had directed the government to study proposed measures for fiscal reform and to look into alternative options to protect"...

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Turkey, Jordan share deep historical and cultural ties –– Envoy January 10, 2017

Turkish Ambassador to Jordan Murat Karagoz said Tuesday that his country considers the Kingdom a close friend and strategic partner in regional cooperation, expressing his satisfaction with the level of ties.

In remarks to mark 70 years of relations, the envoy said that modern-time relations between Jordan and Turkey date back to the first half of the twentieth century, after the independence of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 and the declaration"...

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UAE fund extends $200mln to finance army-run medical center's expansionJanuary 10, 2017

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), a government-owned entity, announced a grant of $200 million to finance a major expansion of Jordan's largest army-run medical center.

The grant is part of the Arab Gulf country's commitment in a $5-billion package the Gulf Cooperation Council pledged to Jordan in 2011. With this grant, the UAE has fully fulfilled its $1.25bln share of the package.

The grant was announced at a press conference"...

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