92% of Jordan's imports not subject to customs duties — minister

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AMMAN — Minister of Industry, Trade, Supply, and Labor, Youssef Al-Shamali, said on Saturday that 92 percent of Jordan's imports are not subject to customs duties because they come from countries with trade agreements with the Kingdom.اضافة اعلان

According to Al-Mamlaka TV, the statement came during a meeting with the president and members of the Jordan Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

During the meeting, Shamali said that the Economic Modernization Vision seeks to appoint one million Jordanians within 10 years at a rate of 100,000 annually.

He also praised the role of the private sector in supporting the National Employment Program, adding that the private sector is a strategic partner of the public sector, constituting 70 percent of the GDP.

He pointed out the importance of addressing the challenges facing the private sector by forming sectoral committees to identify problems and propose logical and realistic solutions to serve the public interest.

Shamali indicated that a study to develop a legal framework and correct the conditions of foreign workers is underway. It aims to facilitate workers' movement from one sector to another and address loopholes in laws.

Shamali also suggested forming a steering committee to be headed by the trade minister and include general secretaries and directors of institutions affiliated with the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply. The committee will work with the commercial sector and hold its meetings at least once every three months.

The head of the Jordan and Amman Chambers of Commerce, Khalil Haj Tawfiq, stressed the importance of forming specialized committees to diagnose problems and address the challenges facing the sector, pointing to the importance of coming up with mechanisms that serve the national economy considering the difficult circumstances it is going through.

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