Interviews

Interview with Hon. Margaret D. Mwanakatwe, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Republic of Zambia

Hon. Margaret D. Mwanakatwe, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Republic of Zambia

"Government is encouraging the private sector to be involved in economic activities through designing and implementing policies to encourage inclusive growth or economic transformation through investment, productivity growth, business expansion and employment...."

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Interview with Mr. Lux Subramaniam, CEO Trade Kings Ltd, Zambia

Mrs Mary T. Ncube, Zambia Development Agency – Board Chairperson

"The nation has witnessed an upsurge in copper prices which has changed the political landscape and also the economy in general. This has turned lucrative for foreign investors. Furthermore, the initiatives that the Government has taken adds credibility to the business environment...."

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Interview with Mrs. Mary T. Ncube, Zambia Development Agency – Board Chairperson

Mrs Mary T. Ncube, Zambia Development Agency – Board Chairperson

"On one hand, Free Trade Areas have been positive for Zambia, they enhance competitiveness and also allowed us to try to be more competitive in terms of our linkages with other countries. But on the other hand, being member of these trade blocks, and since Zambia is looking for industrialization, it has been challenging..."

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Interview with Hon. Charles R. Banda, Minister of Tourism and Arts, Zambia

"Tourism in Zambia is centralized in Livingstone, in the Victoria Falls, but we have much more to offer. For example, we have 20 national parks and only 3 or 4 have been popularized. We need to develop tourism as a country, not only Livingstone as a region but spread the offering around the country......"

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Interview with Dr. Pius Chilufya Kasolo, CEO - ZCCM Investments Holdings, Zambia

"We need to industrialise Zambia, this will lead to more money among the people, caring for their families and increasing the wealth of the country. ......"



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Interview with Hon. Eng. Brian Mushimba, Minister of Transport and Communication, Zambia

"Zambia has the goal of becoming a regional hub and one can say you are a hub if you have a very good and efficient railway network, roads, water transportation and aviation......"

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Interview with H.E. Fayez A. Tarawneh, Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan

"Jordanians are productive and politically disciplined. Human Capital is our most important value. Jordanians are highly educated and therefore Jordan stands out in sophisticated sectors such as renewable energies (solar and wind mainly). The renewable energy is a very important sector for us. We expect that by 2020, renewable energy will cover 30% of the electric needs in Jordan....."

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Interview with H.E. Eng. Yarub F. Qudah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, Jordan

"Investing in Jordan will give you a preferential access, custom free access to more than 1.3 billion consumers. Being in Jordan, you can export to all our countries, custom free. Adding to that, we have been heavily investing on our human resources over the last decade....."

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Interview with H.E. Imad N. Fakhoury, Minister of Planning, Jordan

"We put the citizen at the heart of all our development. Empowering the youth and women is a top priority for us, to continue on this path. We have identified economic clusters, which are our economic growth engine: educational and health services, tourism and hospitality, mining industries, engineering, consulting services, the whole technology area, financial services and logistics....."

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Interview with Mr. H.E. Omar Malhas, Minister of Finance, Jordan

"We are putting our money where our mouth is, in the sense that people come here and they see that we are trying hard to improve. It’s a relatively peaceful and safe area, we are the right country in the wrong neighborhood. We have political stability; we have proper security....."

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Interview with Mr. Edward Oakden CMG, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Jordan

"Jordan had strong regional markets in Iraq and Syria, those sooner or later will come back, but in the meantime how does it orient itself, how does it generate young people who are going to lead and create the businesses. There are strong sectors here already in financial services, renewable energy, and tourism, there is an enormous scope with unique offerings. ...."

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Interview with Mr. Eng. Khaled A. AlKurdi, Managing Director of Dar Al Dawa, Jordan

"We have no problem in training them in our facilities and having good quality manpower working for us. My vision is to make sure that all the population of Naur is employable whether here or in the region. This means that Naur should be transformed into an outstanding investment Hub which is something that is being supported by the Investment Commission...."

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Interview with H.E. Dr. Ziad Faris, Governor of the Central Bank, Jordan

"Ensuring of our monetary policy is always linked to stability – always. For growth, number 1 - stability does not conflict with growth. It is a cornerstone, a pre-condition for growth. What we are doing to encourage growth is to develop the financial sector. ...."

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Interview with Dr. Hassib Sahyoun, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, MedLabs Consultancy Group, Jordan

"(...)We have almost 50 laboratories, we employ over 400 laboratory specialists, among 11 MD laboratory specialists and PhDs, who help the departments. We are seeking top level talent. It’s a group practice, not depending on anyone in particular......"

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Interview - Jordan Chamber of Industry

"The industrial sector of Jordan is still contributing 25% of our national economy directly. As long as the economy of the industrial sector has a relationship with other sectors (banking, insurance, transportation, etc.), our direct contribution goes up to 40-42% of the GDP...."

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Interview with Mr. Jeppe Nymann Jensen, CEO of Aqaba Container Terminal, Jordan

"Every business that starts up in Jordan, will somehow need logistics. And definitely, we are one of the parameters in the supply chain that delivers that. So we can deliver efficiency and that is a competitive factor for the country. ...."

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Interview with Mr. Sheldon Fink CEO of PBI Aqaba, Jordan

"In most countries of the world, the promotion looks better than the reality; in Jordan, the reality is much better than the promotion. So they have to come here, take a look, and come with an open mind, and they will see the potential for their businesses......"

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Interview with Mr. Mr. Mustafa Melhem, CEO GIG Arab Orient, Jordan

"When it comes to Jordan, we need awareness. This year our focus is marketing, our main goal for 2017 is the retail area. We have high targets and we are undergoing an aggressive marketing campaign. We tailor make products dependent on our clients needs and one of these products we developed this year is a low cost product....."

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Interview with Mr. Oussama Massoud, Regional General Manager, IHG Jordan

"The tourism sector is important to Jordan, it is our oil. It could be our oil for the future. We have grown our tourism sector slowly and at the same time firmly. We have a wide selection of tourism including cultural, adventure and Medical Tourism. Medical tourism is as important as tourism itself as it generates over 2.5 billion dollars of business to Jordan...."

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Interview with Mr Ihab G. Saadi, CEO of Housing Bank, Jordan

"(..)Our overall plan is to grow our subsidiaries on one hand, and to grow our business locally here on the other hand. One way of growing it is that we have a lot of untapped potential in our existing customer base......"

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