Export sector supports government’s reciprocity decision

Trucks stuck in traffic near the port in Aqaba
(Photo:Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Jordan Exporters Association (JEA) adopted the reciprocity policy the government is set to put into effect on countries that imposed restrictions on Jordanian exports, saying that those restrictions have contributed to worsening economic conditions.اضافة اعلان

President of Jordan Exporters Association Ahmad Khudari told Jordan News that “some countries have unfortunately imposed some restrictions on Jordan, despite the fact that Jordan had opened its doors for them and for their products by all possible means,”  adding that “those countries violate the provisions of trade agreements, and continue to enforce complex measures on our goods”.

Khudari listed restrictions by Egypt and Syria, saying “we only ask for reciprocity, and that is our inherent right”, adding that Jordanian goods are distinguished by their high quality, and deserve to be respected worldwide.
He pointed out that this decision shall support local goods, and consequently, encourage Jordanian consumers to buy locally produced items, which would help reinvigorate economic growth.

Khudari expects that the reciprocity policy would not lead to worsening Jordan’s political relationships with the concerned countries, pointing out that “these are trade based agreements, and will not affect political relationships.”
President of the Jordan Valley Farmers Union Adnan Khaddam also voiced support of the reciprocity decision.  He told Jordan News that “it is an effective way to increase the value of the locally produced goods to whole world.”

Earlier the Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Youssef Al-Shamali stated that Jordan will begin next year to enforce the reciprocity policy with countries that imposed restrictions on Jordan; a decision that will affect the industrial sector.

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