Israel Pushes Freight Rail Link To Jordan — And Beyond April 6, 2017

Israel’s transport minister proposed on Wednesday linking its freight railway network with Jordan and Saudi Arabia and said he presented the idea to President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy last month. Under the proposal, goods could travel by rail from Israel’s Mediterranean port of Haifa through Jordan to Saudi Arabia’s Gulf port of Dammam via Jordan. Yisrael Katz, who also serves as Israel’s intelligence minister, declined at a news conference to say whether Arab states had agreed to join his initiative. After Syria’s civil war began in 2011, Israel opened...

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Jordan shifts to renewables, slashes energy bill by $3.5B: MinisterApril 6, 2017

The total volume of Arab and foreign investments attracted by Jordan in the field of energy stands at about $5 billion, Prime Minister Hani Mulki said on Sunday, as he stressed the government’s support for investments in the field.

The projects have either been completed or are still under construction, Mulki said at the opening of the 3rd Jordan International Energy Summit, which attracted more than 500 experts, businesspeople"...

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Non-Jordanian Investment At The Amman Stock Exchange During March 2017 April 6, 2017

The total value of shares that were bought by non-Jordanian investors at the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) during March 2017 was JD24.2 million, representing 12.8% of the overall trading value, while the value of shares sold by them amounted to JD31.9 million. As a result, the net of non-Jordanian investments during March 2017 showed a decrease by JD7.7 million, compared with an increase by JD82.3 million during the same month of 2016.


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Cabinet approves amendment to vehicle licensing by-law April 6, 2017

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the amendment of the 2017 by-law concerning driving licences, and the registration and licensing of vehicles, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The law stipulates providing a service to check vehicles’ data, such as the status of registration, the number of previous owners and the number of accidents, in order to prevent fraud and deception.


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No plans whatsoever to build railway with IsraelApril 6, 2017

Jordan has no plans whatsoever to build a freight railway network with Israel, a well-informed government source confirmed Wednesday.

Responding to a reported Israeli proposal to build a railway network linking Israel with Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the source said, “Not true. We have no plans of such a thing.”

Reuters quoted"...

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Jordan emerges as plastic surgery destination April 6, 2017

The plastic surgery sector in Jordan has attracted an increasing number of clients over the last 10 years, both Jordanian and international, thanks to its competitiveness in the regional market, offering relatively low prices combined with high-quality services.

Secretary of the Jordanian Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Qusai Al Musa said that despite the absence of official numbers of reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries"...

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Cabinet urges citizens to obtain smart IDsApril 6, 2017

More than 800,000 citizens have obtained their smart IDs since the Civil Status and Passport Department (CSPD) started issuing them in June last year, according to an informed official.

The Cabinet urged all citizens to get their cards, saying they will facilitate the receipt of services, as smart cards will include the citizens’ photo, personal information and fingerprints.


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Agriculture corporation registers surge in loans to farmersApril 6, 2017

The Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) registered an 80 per cent increase in the volume of loans to farmers during the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2016, an official said on Wednesday.

During the first three months of 2017, the corporation granted farmers JD18 million, compared to JD10 million last year, ACC Director General Mohammad Hiyari said.


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Turkish ambassador discusses ways of expanding investments in AqabaApril 6, 2017

Turkish Ambassador to Jordan Murat Karagoz, accompanied by a number of Embassy officials, visited the southern Aqaba Governorate, and discussed with its officials means to increase Turkish investments in the city.

The visit came to follow up on issues that were discussed during Prime Minister Hani Mulki's visit to Turkey last month.

The ambassador met with chief commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA),"...

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Jordanian industry exhibition to be held in Hebron April 6, 2017

The Amman Chamber of Industry (ACI) will organize in cooperation with the Jordan Investment Commission, an exhibition for Jordanian industries and products in the West Bank city of Hebron on May 8.

According to ACI President Senator Ziyad Al Homsi, the exhibition, the third of its kind in the West Bank, provides and opportunity to promote Jordanian industries and products in the Palestinian market, deemed one of the promising markets for"...

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