Fuel sector provides 10,000 job opportunities, official

Amman, President of the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission Council Farouq Hiyari stressed the importance of the oil derivatives sector in the Kingdom, which has 580 petrol stations and employs about 10,000 workers.

In a press statement on Sunday, he stressed the importance of the commission’s interest to provide the legislative environment and keep pace with new technology to improve the performance of the sector and achieve the interests of its employees.

Hiyari pointed out that the Commission is in contact with the institutions of the sector through meetings and field visits and inspection to ensure good performance and provide better services to consumers.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Vice President of Uganda opens Sheikha Shamsa bint Zayed Centre in Kampala.

Vice President of Uganda Edward Ssekandi and Abdulrahim Obeid Al-Falahi, Acting Charge d’Affaires at the UAE Embassy in Kampala? have opened the integrated centre of H.H. Sheikha Shamsa bint Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan at Masaka Town in the Central Region of Uganda.

A number of ministers; MPs; heads of governorates; Deputy Mufti of Uganda and top officials attended the event.

The centre includes a mosque, a school, a medical centre and a sewing workshop with an artesian. The project was supported by the Ahmad bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Works. Poor Families Development and Vocational Training projects such as poultry raising, carpentry and agriculture were also opened.

In his remarks on the occasion, Al-Falahi conveyed the greetings of the government and the people of the UAE to the Ugandan people and government. He said that the projects were part of Sheikha Shamsa’s efforts to alleviate the suffering of the underprivileged and meet their daily needs.

In his speech, Ssekandi expressed the strong UAE-Ugandan relations while praising the previous visit of Al-Falahi to the area last September.

He also hailed the efforts of the UAE diplomat to develop the diplomatic relations between the two countries, especially his visits that target the Ugandan Governorates so as to carry out charitable projects and provision of humanitarian assistance for the needy people in various Ugandan governorates.

He extended thanks to Sheikha Shamsa and the Ahmad bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Works and other Emirati humanitarian organisations in the country for supporting the people of Uganda.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

One dead, 4 injured in car accident in Mafraq

Mafraq, A 33-year old woman died and 4 people were injured after their vehicle turned over late Saturday in Mafraq- Zarqa highway, the Civil Defense Department media office said (CDD) on Sunday.

Mafraq’s CDD rescue teams administered first aid to the injured and took them to the Zarqa Public Hospital where they were listed in moderate to serious condition, it added.

The CDD also evacuated the dead body to the hospital, the CDD further added.

Source: Jordan News Agency

US-China trade negotiations “very productive,” says Trump

Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump hailed progress in ongoing trade talks with China, tweeting Saturday evening: “Trade negotiators have just returned from China where the meetings on Trade were very productive.”

Senior officials from the two countries completed two days of high-stakes talks in Beijing on Friday.

The negotiations, Trump said, are “going extremely well.”

Trump had previously demanded trade talks to conclude before March 1, but is now saying he might extend the deadline and keep tariffs on Chinese goods from rising, should negotiators get closer to a deal.

The Trump administration imposed tariffs starting last January on Chinese goods in response to a trade deficit and allegations of intellectual property theft and other unfair trade practices.

But Chinese exporters do not pay the tariffs, rather, US importers are the ones who pay the cost of the duties when the goods come into American ports.

Source: Jordan News Agency

JBA president voices optimism over Jordan’s economy

Amman, President of the Jordanian Businessmen Association (JBA) Hamdi Al-Tabaa expressed optimism over improvement of investment, exports, competitiveness and economic growth indicators in the Kingdom during the coming period.

Al-Tabaa said in an interview with Petra that despite the difficult economic conditions and challenges experienced by the Jordanian economy, there are still positive expectations about the national economy, especially with the opening of the border with Iraq, the agreements signed, facilitating the rules of origin with the European Union as well as efforts to reduce the cost of generating power .

He added that the Jordanian economy was able to achieve stability in some economic indicators and the growth of some sectors, especially tourism and banking and the improvement in the performance of exports and a number of industries.

The JBA president said that the ability of the Central Bank of Jordan to maintain monetary stability is a fundamental pillar for any investor, whether at the international level or the Arab level, noting that the stability of the exchange rate of Dinar is a positive economic indicator.

In spite of these good indicators, Al-Tabaa pointed to negative indicators represented in the rise of unemployment, the increase in the number of expatriate workers, and the rise of indebtedness and budget deficit, pointing out that these indicators are challenges facing the national economy.

“The Royal visits will contribute to opening prospects for both the public and private sectors to strengthen economic relations with their counterparts in the world, as they are highly appreciated by those countries when we follow them with our counterparts in the private sector” he added.

He stressed the need to discuss maximizing benefits from the re-opening of borders between Jordan and Iraq and activating the trade exchange movement as it was in the past, especially that the activity of the industrial sector has been significantly affected by the external challenges and regional conditions.

Source: Jordan News Agency