Forum ranks Jordan 36th globally in labor, wages rights

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AMMAN — The Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) issued a paper, as part of a series of studies aiming at shedding light on the state of inequality in the world, and the extent of Jordan’s commitment to reducing it, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

The forum referred to Jordan’s results in the “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index” issued by Oxfam in partnership with the International Development Finance Organization in 2022 to indicate that Jordan’s performance in terms of commitment to reducing inequality has witnessed a significant improvement, as the Kingdom’s ranking in the overall index was 66/158 globally in 2020, to then rank 54/161 in 2022. Jordan’s ranking regarding taxation has also improved, from 70/158 in 2020, to 65/161 in 2022.

According to the forum, the index ranks the performance of 161 governments, based on the extent to which they have taken the necessary measures to reduce inequality within three main areas: public services (health, education and social protection), taxes, and workers’ rights.

On labor rights and wages, Jordan’s rank was 64/158 in 2020, and improved to reach 36/161 in 2022.

The forum recommended better policies related to spending on public services, taxation, labor rights, and wages.

It stressed the need to increase effectively the level of quality spending on education, health, and social protection.

The forum also clarified that the Economic Modernization Vision, which will be implemented during the next 10 years, includes eight drivers and 35 sectors scheduled to be modernized.

It stressed that the education and health sectors constitute the basic areas that help reduce inequality, and that implementing the initiatives pertaining to these two sectors will result in reducing the level of inequality in the country.

According to the Global Inequality Report, the forum found that the richest 10 percent of the world’s population owns 52 percent of the total global income, while the poorest 50 percent own only 8 percent.

The forum also indicated that the richest 10 percent of the world’s population owns 76 percent of the total global wealth, while the poorest half of the world’s population owns only 2 percent of it.

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