Economic Policies in Jordan - 1st Nahda Forum Session
with Dr. Yousef Mansour
Jordan faces an array of economic problems, whose solutions and remedial policies span from private sector revitalization to and ensuring accurate information is circulated to the general public to inform rational economic policy.
ARDD hosted at the very first session of the “Arab Renaissance Forum” (“Nahda Forum”) HE Dr. Yousef Mansour, former Minister of State for Economic Affairs alongside a group of experts in the fields of economics and human rights, to discuss the impact of governmental economic policies on the people in Jordan, especially those suffering from poverty and unemployment. Focusing on the inequity of salaries among average Jordanian workers compared to international standards, among other issues, this edition of the “Arab Renaissance Forum” delved into solutions to obstacles that stand in the way of ARDD’s objective to promote avenues to economic empowerment and thereby a comfortable, dignified life.
Dr. Mansour provided a comprehensive view of the economic situation in Jordan. He pointed out that the government sector bears the burden of operating about 50% of the labour force, which in economic terms is a very high percentage, while simultaneously a growing number of Jordanians seek work in the Gulf States. The depth of this view encompasses the idea of a burdened public sector, an anemic private sector, and further reflected by the more profitable alternatives found elsewhere in the region.
The key outcome of this edition of the “Arab Renaissance Forum” was conceptualizing the wide-range of economic problems that face residents of Jordan and how these circumstances relate to the broader struggle to ensure every individual has access to justice.