Jordan

The Hachemite Kingdom of Jordan signed a major free trade agreement with the United States in 2000, a strategic deal for the US. One of the most well documented impacts of that accord, however, has been the bad labour conditions suffered by migrant workers working in US factories there.

While the Jordanian government has tried to clean up its image in response to the criticisms from labour and human rights groups, it has also been sealing deals with other nations. It has free trade agreements with the EU, as part of the Barcelona proces, EFTA, Palestine and Syria. In 2004, it signed an FTA with Singapore and in 2008 with Canada (which has still to be ratified). In 2010 it signed a four-way deal with Syria, Turkey and Lebanon.

The government is currently negotiating with Iraq, Kazakhstan and Pakistan, and pushing for FTAs with Mercosur and Russia. Jordan is also member of the Agadir Agreement and GAFTA.

last update: May 2012

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  • 4-Sep-2014 Tax News Mexico begins free trade negotiations with Jordan
    Mexico and Jordan held their first round of negotiations for a free trade agreement in Amman, end August.
  • 2-Dec-2010 Jordanian-Canadian FTA in final stages of approval - envoy
    The implementing legislation for the Jordanian-Canadian Free Trade Agreement (FTA) - and the side agreements on environment and labour - is currently in the final stages of approval in the Canadian parliament, according to Canada’s ambassador in Amman.
  • 19-Mar-2010 Jordan Times King, Brazil’s Lula discuss means to boost bilateral ties
    King Abdullah and the Brazilian president agreed to work intensively to wrap up talks towards the signing of a free trade agreement between Jordan and the Mercosur trade bloc, which comprises several Latin American countries, including Brazil.
  • 22-Jan-2010 Jordan Times Imports from US surpass Jordanian exports under QIZ, FTA arrangements
    After peaking at $1.42 billion in 2006, Jordanian exports to the US dropped to $866 million through the first 11 months of 2009 whereas the Kingdom’s imports from the US rose to $1.09 billion during the same period of last year.
  • 2-Dec-2009 AFP Jordan, Turkey sign free trade deal
    Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Jordan’s King Abdullah II signed a long-awaited free trade deal on Tuesday before holding talks on further boosting economic ties, the palace said.
  • 8-Nov-2009 Jordan, Turkey to sign free trade deal before year end
    Jordan and Turkey agreed on Saturday to sign a stalled Free Trade Agreement (FTA) before the end of the year.
  • 15-Feb-2009 Jordanians shun industrial zones
    Dust sticks to everything in the stark industrial streets of the northern Jordanian town of Duleil. Shop fronts covered in dun-coloured dirt reveal the tell-tale signs of a migrant labour economy: money transfer offices and gold jewellers.
  • 6-Feb-2009 Jordan, Pakistan to negotiate FTA in March
    Jordan and Pakistan are expected to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) this year, with negotiations to finalise the draft deal slated for March, Pakistan’s envoy to Jordan said on Wednesday.
  • 2-Feb-2009 Jordan Times Garment factories hit by high production costs
    Some garment factories in Jordan’s Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) are relocating to other countries because of high production costs
  • 23-Oct-2008 Jordan Times Jordan, Argentina discuss FTA
    His Majesty King Abdullah and Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner on Wednesday discussed prospects for a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries. They said that Jordan’s framework deal with MERCOSUR, a regional trade agreement between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, paves way for the FTA with Argentina.
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