Archive for the ‘Jordan’ Category

‘Mexico of the Middle East’: Can Jordan Become A Nearshoring Hub?

Via Middle East Eye, an article on Jordan’s potential as a nearshoring hub: A dusty 40-minute drive southeast of Amman brings you to a patch of desert where a sprawling complex of blue buildings sit. Inside, robots gyrate as they weld together steel frames and “fibre lasers” cut designs into sheet metal. “We must be […]

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Saudi Wealth Fund Plans to Invest $24 Billion in Regional States

Via Bloomberg, a report on Saudi plans to invest in MENA countries: Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund plans to invest $24 billion in Middle Eastern and North African countries as the oil-rich kingdom seeks to bolster regional economies. The Public Investment Fund plans to set up companies to invest in Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Iraq and Sudan, according to […]

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An Energy Crisis + Geopolitics = A New-Look Gulf

Via The Economist, a report on how a richer, more powerful, and more volatile Gulf is emerging: In eight weeks, roughly 1m football fans will descend on Qatar for the World Cup, many of them travelling via neighbouring cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They will find a Gulf in the midst of a […]

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Egypt Works To Expand Economic Ties With Iraq

Via Al Monitor, a report on how Egypt, Iraq and Jordan are working to establish an alliance to boost cooperation in various economic fields: Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan are taking new steps toward forming a strategic partnership, which Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi described as the “New Levant” alliance, based primarily on the economic and investment […]

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Five Significant MENA Belt And Road Projects

Via Silk Road Briefing, a look at some significant MENA-based BRI projects: The MENA region – the Middle-East and North Africa – has also been targeted as part of Beijing’s Belt & Road Initiative, with greater interconnectivity and supply chains to much needed oil and gas reserves being put in place. The MENA region has vast […]

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Jordan: An Economy Under Siege

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at Jordan’s fragile economy: PERCHED on a hill beneath a ruined Crusader castle, Karak feels a world away from Amman, Jordan’s crowded and expensive capital. The sleepy city is surrounded by lush farms and sits astride the tourist trail, both of which should provide jobs. Yet it has been […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.