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The fifth Euromoney Jordan Conference, under the patronage of Jordanian Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Hani Al-Mulki, took place on Tuesday 20 March 2018 in Amman, in the presence of over 200 financiers, donors, investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and government officials.
Held under the theme ‘Delivering Growth, Maintaining Stability’, the conference focused on exploring Jordan’s macroeconomic outlook for 2018 and beyond, and the country’s plans to support inclusive growth and job creation, in addition to discussions about global economic and geopolitical events and their impact on Jordan. Throughout the day, delegates also had the opportunity to hear from prominent local speakers including H.E. Dr. Ziad Fariz, Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan, H.E. Mr Omar Malhas, Minister of Finance and keynote speaker Mr Nemeh Sabbagh, CEO of the official senior lead sponsor, Arab Bank who all spoke in the opening session on the conference.
During the opening panel, participants discussed the role the financial sector plays in revitalising Jordan’s growth, financial and economic inclusion, financial technology (FinTech) and Blockchain, and Jordan’s economic growth plan 2018-2022. The panel featured notable speakers, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)’s Director and Regional Head of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Dr Heike Harmgart; the World Bank’s Lead Economist of the Mashreq Department, Christos Kostopoulos; Arab Bank’s Chief Economist, Dr Radwan Shaban; and Jordan Strategy Forum’s Chief Executive Officer, Hala Zawati.
Following this, in a conference first, the sector discussion ‘Engines for Growth’ focused on renewable energy, where private sector ‘champions’ FB Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Firas Balasmeh and Kawar Energy’s Chief Executive Officer, Hanna Zaghloul, offered their thoughts regarding Jordan’s sustainability journey to date and where future opportunities in the renewable energy sector lie.
The penultimate discussion was a special session, where speakers, Jordan Innovative Start-ups and SMEs Fund's Chairman, Dr Mohammed Al-Ja’fari; FOURSAN Partner, Shahm Al Wir; Silicon Badia's Managing Partner, Emile Cubeisy; Endeavor Jordan's Managing Director, Reem Goussous and Nestrom’s Founder and CEO, Yousef Wadi, tackled the idea of how entrepreneurship can drive growth and create value in Jordan.
The day concluded with an interview with H.E. Mr Imad Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation who discussed the vision for Jordan’s economy going forward as well as the importance of regional and international partners to Jordan’s growth and stability. The conference was followed by a lunch hosted by Arab Bank.
Euromoney Conferences would like to would like to thank all of our sponsors, speakers and delegates for their support and for making the 2018 Jordan Conference such a success. We look forward to returning to Amman in 2019.