Investment forum promotes Amman as digital economy capital

Amman: The ‘Invest in Digital Economy’ Forum concluded Monday, highlighting Amman as the digital economy capital with promising potentials and information technology expertise.

The forum, organized by the Jordan Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Development (ICCD), underlined prospects offered by the digital economy in emerging countries in general and Islamic countries in particular.

It noted key achievements in Islamic countries in digital governments or digital financial systems that central banks contributed to, as well as developments in the business sector.

The forum brought together representatives of relevant governments and ministries from various countries, digital economy experts and researchers, representatives of international bodies and senior businessmen in member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Participants stressed a strategic vision at the national and institutional levels, whose absence, they warned, will turn the digital revo
lution into a real challenge for those who are not well prepared, or who cannot utilize it in the business sector.

One of the key opportunities available to the private sector in Islamic countries is integration that provides an outstanding opportunity for everyone, together with an existing huge market in a vast area with diverse interests, tastes and needs, they noted.

The two-day forum, in which representatives of the 57 ICCD countries took part, sought to encourage development of the digital economy in Jordan and the rest of the Islamic world, enhance investment, introduce the Islamic world to Jordan’s investment potentials and empower entrepreneurs and small enterprises.

Source: Jordan News Agency

The number of martyrs of the Rafah massacre increased to 40

Gaza – Together – The Civil Defense in the Gaza Strip said that the number of martyrs from the Israeli bombing on Rafah reached 40 martyrs and that there were dozens of wounded.

He pointed out that he faces difficulties in reaching the wounded due to the direct targeting of his crews.

It is noteworthy that the Red Crescent said that the area targeted by the occupation in Rafah is a humanitarian zone to which Palestinians were previously forced to migrate.

The Rafah Governorate Emergency Committee reported that the occupation committed a massacre on Sunday evening by bombing the tents of displaced people northwest of Rafah, ‘Tal al-Sultan,’ killing dozens of martyrs and wounded, and setting fire to the tents.

Source: Maan News Agency


The Center for Women in Business at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) organized a panel discussion titled “Bridging Media, Academia, and Business for Greater Impact on Women’s Lives.”

The event launched with a welcome note by Dr. Nada Khaddage-Soboh, director of the Center for Women in Business at OSB, who highlighted the center’s vision in advancing women’s success in the business and leadership roles through cutting-edge research, education, training, and actively advocating for their organizational and societal development. Khaddage-Soboh emphasized the need to showcase the collaborative efforts across the three different sectors, media, academia, and business, aimed at driving change.

Dr. Fadlo Khuri, American University of Beirut president, shared compelling insights from recent studies, shedding light on the pronounced gender disparity in our workforce and emphasizing the urgent need for intervention. Khuri underscored the crucial role of univers
ities in Lebanon and emphasized the power of joint research initiatives to effect substantial change within our region. He added, “Progress can be made if the message is clear and consistent, and this is where the role of media and academia is clear to shine.”

Khuri continued, “At AUB we’ve increased the high touch leadership positions for women fivefold just by changing the culture, not only by saying this is for women, this is for men. The university has long stood for these values of protecting and empowering and supporting those most vulnerable; those with the least opportunity. We’ve come a long way, but the road is long and hard, and it’s time to accelerate it to make a bigger impact.”

Dr. Yusuf Sidani, dean of the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business underscored the pivotal role of the Center of Women in Business emphasizing its influence on women’s status in the region. Reflecting on its inception, Sidani highlighted the collaborative efforts of both men and women in shaping its mission and vision,
aimed at effecting tangible change. He also emphasized the power of such platforms in shaping minds and driving meaningful progress.

The dynamic panel featured influential speakers from different sectors including Actress Maguy Abou Ghosn, Screenwriter Nadine Jaber, Managing Director of L’Oréal in Lebanon Emilie Wahab Harb; and Dr. Nada Khaddage-Soboh, director of the Center for Women in Business at OSB. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Imad Bou-Hamad, associate professor of statistics and data analytics at OSB and host of The Researcher (ÞÕÉ ßÈíÑÉ).

In a conversation highlighting the importance of collaboration in the aim of fostering a united front to advance advocacy and awareness on women’s basic rights in education and promote women’s empowerment, Maguy Abou Ghosn related the experiences of the characters in the TV series A’a Amal (Ú Ããá) to real stories of women in our society. She stressed the need for women to speak up against oppression, eliminate gender-based violence, and the importance of cre
ating healthy environments for children and young adults, boys and girls alike, that foster a culture of mutual respect and empowerment.

Nadine Jaber noted that the stories in the series stemmed from common real-life stories. She reminded the audience of the need to address gender-based violence which is very common in Lebanon today and called for action and awareness around the issue.

Looking into the status of women in business in Lebanon, Emilie Wahab Harb shed light on the efforts of L’Oréal towards supporting women by transforming internal company policies and procedures to empower employees to unleash their full potential regardless of their gender. L’Oreal aims at supporting women worldwide through various funds and donations.

Likewise, Dr. Khaddage-Soboh further stressed the role of the Center for Women in Business at OSB at the American University of Beirut that is centered on cutting edge research, education and training, development, and advocacy campaigns towards empowering women in business an
d leadership. She warmly welcomed the opportunity to join hands with local, regional, and international stakeholders, activists, key players, and organizations from the private, public, and non-governmental sectors to work collaboratively towards empowering women and supporting their full participation for organizational and societal development. Dr. Khaddage-Soboh invited everyone to embark on a journey of collaboration to elevate the position of women within our region and unite as catalysts for positive change, fostering a community that embraces inclusivity and empowers every individual.

The panel came to an end with a performance by the Comedian Amal Taleb, presenting women’s issues in a constructive comic way; followed by a provoking debate with the audience regarding the way forward. The conversation also included AUB students who gained a new perspective due to the insightful discussion that unfolded throughout the panel, especially on the importance of their role in shaping future mindsets and cultu
res that foster healthier and empowering environments for women in all fields.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon


National News Agency correspondent reported that Israeli enemy warplanes raided at around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, targeting, at two intervals, a house in the Khallet Mashta locality in the southern lebanese city of Bint Jbeil.

Additionally, Israeli warpalnes carried out an air raid targeting a building at the Al-Tayri town junction towards Saff Al-Hawa – Bint Jbeil, which led to its destruction.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

PM Inaugurates Key Salt-Al-Arda Road Project

Salt: Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh inaugurated the completed Salt-Al-Arda road rehabilitation project on Monday, marking a significant milestone in the infrastructure development of Balqa Governorate.

The upgrade, which extends from the Al-Subaihi Intersection to the Al-Arda Intersection, enhances connectivity between key regions, including the Dead Sea tourist areas, the agricultural lands of the Jordan Valley, and the capital, Amman.

During the ceremony, Prime Minister Khasawneh underscored the road’s economic importance, emphasizing its pivotal role in fostering tourism and agriculture.

He also called for the completion of the road’s lighting within two months, stressing the need to meet public safety standards and ensure the road’s upkeep to maintain its critical status.

Commending the Ministry of Public Works and Housing and all those involved in the project for their efficient execution ahead of schedule, Khasawneh received a detailed briefing from Minister of Public Works and Housing Maher Abu A
l-Saman on the project’s stages and essential requirements.

As part of the inauguration, the Prime Minister toured the road to inspect the improvements and rehabilitation work.

The Salt-Al-Arda road, strategically located between the Salt highlands and the Jordan Valley lowlands, is a flagship project executed by a consortium of Jordanian and Chinese contractors at a cost of approximately JD26 million.

This project is poised to become a crucial hub for trade and tourism, enhancing connectivity and economic activity by linking Amman with the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley regions.

The rehabilitation aims to facilitate commuter movement, improve traffic safety, and reduce the previously high incidence of traffic accidents in the area.

The project featured the construction of four lanes separated by concrete barriers, spanning a total width of 18.8 meters and a length of 12.5 kilometers.

It includes extensive earthworks to achieve the necessary widths and foundation levels, laying road layers with brush and as
phalt mixtures, implementing rainwater drainage systems, and constructing 5 kilometers of retaining walls.

Additional components include lighting, side protection works, and the installation of traffic safety elements and guidance and warning signs.

The opening ceremony saw the attendance of notable figures, including the Chinese Ambassador in Amman, Chen Chuandong, and the Governor of Balqa, Firas Abu Qaoud, highlighting the collaborative effort and international partnership involved in this significant infrastructure endeavor.

Source: Jordan News Agency