Fair weather forecast almost nationwide Saturday-JMD


Amman: Saturday will see a drop in temperatures, and the weather will be pleasant almost countrywide and warm in the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and Aqaba, Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily update.

According to the JMD report, the weather Sunday will be pleasant almost nationwide and warm in the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and Aqaba. There is a weak chance in the afternoon hours for a short period of light and scattered showers of rain in limited parts of the Kingdom’s northern and central regions.

On Monday, the Kingdom is gradually affected by a state of air instability during the late hours of night and scattered showers are forecast to fall in parts of the northern and central regions.

As for Tuesday, the Kingdom remains under influence of atmospheric instability and scattered rain will fall in various areas across the Kingdom, accompanied by thunder and hailstones in some areas.

Also today, temperatures in the capital Amman will reach hit a high of 22 degrees Celsius, dropping
to 9C degrees at night, while the port city of Aqaba will see a blazing 33C, sliding to 17C during night hours.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Jordanian Industrialists Call for Export Diversification Amid Global Challenges


Amman: Jordanian industrialists have emphasized the imperative of strategic planning to bolster export diversification, underlining key measures such as facilitating connectivity to global supply chains through e-commerce, and ramping up promotion and marketing efforts for domestic products.

They also called for expanding outreach to foreign markets, fostering collaboration between the government and the industrial sector, and targeting non-traditional markets.

These calls come amidst efforts to fortify the national economy, which has weathered numerous challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical tensions such as the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, and regional disturbances like the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip and the developments in the Bab al-Mandab and Red Sea regions.

In response, the government has implemented various measures to stimulate domestic exports, improve market access, and maximize the benefits of existing free trade agreements.

Speaking on the matter, Minister of Industry, Trade,
and Supply, Youssef Shamali, highlighted the launch of the economic modernization vision for the period 2023-2033, which aims to bolster national exports through collaborative efforts across sectors and segments of society.

Shamali underscored the significance of the national export strategy for 2023-2025, designed to cultivate a conducive business environment for Jordanian industrial and agricultural goods and services, thereby fostering balanced and sustainable economic growth.

The strategy, built upon several pillars including identifying productive opportunities and challenges within the industrial sector, enhancing export competitiveness and quality, and diversifying the product portfolio, underscores the importance of accessing non-traditional markets and exploring new avenues for growth.

Shamali outlined a comprehensive action plan comprising over 100 activities annually, aligned with the core objectives of the national export strategy. Notably, the government has prioritized policies and procedures
aimed at bolstering the structure of Jordanian exports, with a focus on diversifying the export base to reduce reliance on traditional sectors.

This includes fostering innovation, supporting emerging sectors, and investing in capacity-building initiatives for exporters, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Initiatives such as the Jordan Support for Industry Development Fund, launched in collaboration with the World Bank, and the Export Acceleration Program, implemented by Exports Company, aim to equip SMEs with the necessary tools and resources to expand their presence in international markets.

Moreover, efforts to strengthen infrastructure and logistical networks, including the acceptance of electronic documents by the Customs Department and the launch of the Jordanian e-commerce facilitation portal, seek to streamline trade processes and reduce costs.

Despite progress, challenges persist, including shipping procedures, technical requirements, and market competitiveness. The government
is committed to addressing these obstacles through targeted interventions such as specialized export readiness programs, awareness-raising workshops, and enhanced private sector representation in trade committees.

In parallel, industry leaders underscored the need for concerted action to capitalize on untapped export opportunities, citing the need for enhanced promotion, reduced production costs, and expanded access to global markets.

Fathi Jaghbir, head of the Jordanian and Amman Chambers of Industry, highlighted the concentration of exports in a few countries and commodity groups, underscoring the importance of diversification to unlock the full potential of Jordanian exports.

Jaghbir emphasized the pivotal role of the private sector in driving export growth, pledging continued collaboration with government entities to facilitate market access and promote Jordanian products internationally.

Efforts to enhance participation in international exhibitions, expand networking opportunities, and leverage logis
tical services underscore the commitment to sustaining export momentum and driving economic prosperity.

In conclusion, stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment to advancing export diversification efforts, recognizing the importance of strategic collaboration between the public and private sectors to unlock new opportunities and drive sustainable economic growth.

Source: Jordan News Agency

NCHR welcomes UN Human Rights Council call for Israel arms embargo


Amman: The National Center for Human Rights (NCHR) Saturday welcomed a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution demanding a halt to arms sales to Israel.

In a statement, the NCHR also welcomed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the access of humanitarian aid, particularly through land crossings and roads, into Gaza.

It decried Israel’s use of starvation as a tool of war, noting the council’s call on the occupying power to lift the siege on Gaza, stop collective punishment and end the occupation of the palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.

It stressed the need for a reliable and comprehensive accountability for violations of international law by the occupying power against the Palestinians in order to achieve justice for the victims, as well as its assertion that the statements of Israeli officials rise to incitement to genocide. It also noted the UN body’s demand for adherence to the provisional measures issued by the International Court of Justice in t
his context.

What is happening to the people of the Gaza Strip amounts to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, which require immediate accountability, the center stressed, calling for an end to the aggression and the immediate, sustainable and unhindered entry of aid and medical and food supplies to Gaza.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Zarqa, Mafraq March exports up 14%


Zarqa: The March industrial exports of the Zarqa and Mafraq governorates soared by 14 percent to $115.9 during the month of March, compared with about $101.4 million in the same period of 2023, according to latest figures.

Head of Zarqa Chamber of Industry Fares Hamoudeh said the Arab and US markets accounted for 41.7 percent and 44 percent respectively of the volume of industrial exports for the first quarter of 2024, as the total value of exports reached $344 million, compared to the same period of 2023. which amounted to $303 million, marking an increase of 14 percent.

Hamoudeh told Petra in an interview that industrial exports to the United States through the Zarqa Chamber of Industry rose by 36 percent to $152.6 million, compared to $111.4 million during the comparison period, accounting for 44 percent of the volume.

Industrial exports to Arab countries saw an 11 percent increase to $143.9 million during the first quarter of the current year, compared to the same period of 2023, amounting to $130 mill
ion, about 41.7 percent of the total volume of exports.

Hamoudeh said industrial exports to Iraq particularly surged by 142 percent, reaching a total of $53.0 million, compared to $21.9 million during the comparison period.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Gold Prices Soar in Local Market: 21-Carat Hits JD46.80 per Gram


Amman: Saturday, the market price for 21-carat gold, a popular choice among local buyers, surged to JD46.80 per gram at goldsmiths’ shops, marking a significant increase from the previous purchasing rate of JD44.80.

For those considering other karat options, the buying rate per gram stands at JD53.80 for 24-karat gold and JD42 for 18-karat gold.

Rabhi Allan, head of the General Union of Jewelry Shop Owners, shared insights into market dynamics, indicating that the Al-Rashadi lira, weighing 7 grams, is priced at JD330 dinars, while the English lira, weighing 8 grams, is valued at JD377.

Speaking with the Jordan News Agency (Petra), Allan noted the subdued activity in the local gold market, primarily due to the prevailing high prices.

However, global gold prices continue to climb, with the yellow metal closing last week’s trading sessions at $2,328 per ounce, exceeding expectations worldwide.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Hussein Irbid and Al-Wehdat Clash Ends in Draw, Al-Faisaly Secures Dominant Win


Amman: The top-ranked team in the Professional Football League, Al-Hussein Irbid Club, settled for a goalless draw against Al-Wehdat in their Friday match. The game, which took place at Amman International Stadium, saw both sides unable to find the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Al-Faisaly delivered an outstanding performance, clinching a convincing 6-2 victory over Shabab Al-Aqaba. The highlight of the match was Rizq Bani Hani’s impressive hat-trick, alongside goals from Wanga, Khaled Zakaria, and Arif Al-Hajj. Shabab Al-Aqaba displayed resilience with goals from Kanga and Faraj Eid, but ultimately couldn’t match Al-Faisaly’s firepower.

Over at Petra Stadium in Al-Hussein Youth City, Mugheer Al-Sarhan and Al-Ahly played out a 2-2 draw. Goals from Qusay Danous and Moataz Obeidat for Mugheer Al-Sarhan were matched by strikes from Muhammad Maraaba and Khaled Al-Dardour for Al-Ahly.

With these results, Al-Hussein Irbid Club maintains their position at the top of the league with 44 points, followed closely by Al-
Faisaly with 39 points and Al-Wehdat with 32 points. Mugheer Al-Sarhan Club moves up to ninth place with 15 points, while Al-Ahly sits just behind with 14 points. Shabab Al-Aqaba remains in fifth place with 22 points.

The final match of the sixteenth week will see Sahab take on Al-Jalil at Amman Stadium today, with kickoff at 10:30 pm.

Source: Jordan News Agency