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About Jordan


Jordan has been brought into the global spotlight as a regional pioneer in political, economic, and social development. A small nation with a population of 5.7 million, situated in the heart of the Middle East and North Africa but lacking many of the region’s natural resources, Jordan represents a remarkable success story in its efforts to overcome such tough challenges. Currently renowned for its political stability, economic development, and progressive society, Jordan’s prestigious status within the region projects a promising future for the country, both domestically and internationally.

Jordan enjoys an environment of peace and political stability. The leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II builds on the peace that Jordan has fostered with its neighbors in the past, guiding the nation to becoming a key player in international cooperation. Jordan’s image abroad is also reflected in its political achievements at home. Jordan is the first Arab country to establish a fully independent human rights watchdog (the National Centre for Human Rights). Quotas for women have also been introduced into parliamentary elections and the voting age has been lowered from 19 to 18 years to further engage the youth in charting the future. Jordan operates on a philosophy that believes in building peace, democracy, and an active civil society to drive socio-economic progress.

Jordan is also well known for its remarkable achievements in economic development and liberalization, taking full economic advantage of its strategic location in the Middle East as the crossroads between Europe, Asia, and Africa. Jordan became a member of the World Trade Organization in 2000, and has signed free trade agreements with the U.S., Canada, Singapore, and several European, Middle Eastern, and North African countries.  The country is also engaged in bilateral economic agreements with more than 70 other nations around the world. This gives Jordan unique access to a market of over one billion consumers, rendering it one of the most liberalized economies in the Middle East and North Africa. Jordan boasts an average GDP growth rate of 8.3% (2004-2008) and displays a wide array of dynamic and competitive sectors, which range from manufacturing and agriculture, to world-class services. A combination of business-friendly laws, special economic zones, a competitive labor force, and numerous agencies that provide high quality support to businessmen and investors has made Jordan into a vibrant and well-know international business hub. 

Jordan’s achievements in the political and economic realms would not have been possible without its progressive society. Jordan’s 91% literacy rate is among the highest in the region. A very strong rate of female political participation, combined with the fact that 70% of the population is under the age of 30, reflects a progressive and youthful civil society. Moreover, accessible education and healthcare, affordable housing, competitive wages, thriving cultural and entertainment scenes, among other factors, provide a high standard of living for many in Jordan. The Jordanian society is increasingly cultivating educated, skillful, and productive individuals who are well equipped for competing in the regional and international economy.

 

Additional Resources

Embassy of Jordan, Washington D.C.

Jordan Investment Board

Jordan Tourism Board

 

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