IAF warns Jordan economy in crisis

Islamic Action Front IAF
Islamic Action Front. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Islamic Action Front (IAF) has expressed its close attention to the World Bank's report on the Jordanian economy, which, in their view, highlights how successive governments have failed in improving the country's economy, resulting in deepening economic crisis and decline.اضافة اعلان

According to the report, Jordan's income classification has been downgraded from medium-high income to medium-low income. This classification is determined by dividing the Gross Domestic Product by the population, and the downgrade signifies that Jordanian citizens have become poorer due to slower production growth compared to population growth, JO24 reported.

Poor individuals account for 35 percent of the population
The report also reveals that the number of poor individuals in Jordan has reached approximately 3.98 million, which accounts for around 35 percent of the population. This calculation is based on the national poverty line of JD5.5 per day per individual in Jordan.

The IAF believes that this downgrade reflects the current economic slump and the failure of the Jordanian economy to generate employment opportunities. They attribute this situation to misguided policies, contractionary fiscal measures such as interest rate hikes, bureaucratic hurdles, corruption, and the government's focus on revenue collection through increased taxation. These factors have resulted in reduced demand for goods and services, leading to decreased production, job losses, and ultimately an economic recession.

The party cautions against the dangers of persisting with the current approach of managing state affairs and temporarily mitigating crises without addressing their underlying causes. They question the effectiveness of the Economic Reform Program launched a year ago and the extent to which its goals have been translated into tangible improvements in the Jordanian economy.

The IAF hopes that by understanding these mistakes, the nation can find solutions to alleviate the ongoing crises that burden both the country and its citizens.