Jordan-US Investment Forum:
Paving the Way for New Business Opportunities that Create Lasting Growth for US Companies and Jordan
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
- Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Address: Location TBD, San Francisco, Califronia
High above Amman’s bustling downtown, the city’s ancient Citadel stands as a testament to the Jordanian capital’s age, resilience, and diversity. After all, it was here that the Romans erected what was to be the Empire’s largest temple to Hercules. Here, too, are the centuries-old remains of an Umayyad Palace, a Byzantine Church, a set of urns from the Neolithic era.
What all of these artifacts have in common is that those who made them once gathered here, at the crossroads of east and west, to make of their differences a common aim: peace through prosperity. Today, as Jordan copes with the fallout from regional crises—including the massive influx of refugees from neighboring Syria—its ability to transform economic duress into opportunity for all stands as testament to the Kingdom’s long and peaceful history.
Learning from this experience and sharing its lessons with socially conscious investors is a key aim of the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan (AmCham), which is partnering with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to host a pair of symposia this April exploring how Jordan has, against all odds, charted a path from resilience to growth. The events will take place in San Francisco and will feature case studies from Jordan’s response to the Syria crisis.
Join us to hear from those at the front lines of the humanitarian response and economic development effort, and learn how your organization can invest in similar efforts that can transform lives while growing your business.
The forums’ theme, “From Resilience to Growth,” reflects new hope for a political resolution to the Syria conflict, which has given rise to the world’s largest refugee crisis since the Second World War. With Syrians representing one of every five Jordanian residents today, this April’s symposia are not only timely. They are essential to sustaining peace in the Arab world and beyond.
Through the leadership of His Majesty King Abdallah II, the Government of Jordan has set in motion a vision for post-conflict economic development that is as innovative as it is humane. Although many Syrians will choose to return to their country following a negotiated resolution, lasting peace will have to include the mobilization of massive economic resources—to rebuild Syria, to rejuvenate the economies of neighboring countries, and to integrate refugees into the social and economic fabric of the places where some of them will ultimately settle.
All three of these objectives will require the concerted effort of governments and donors whose combined resources can help kickstart economic activity at the local and national levels. But none of these efforts will be sustainable without the commitment and investment of the private sector.
To help Jordan move from resilience to growth, AmCham is working to raise awareness of the Kingdom’s business opportunities, affording potential investors an opportunity to rise above conventional modes of corporate engagement and to forge a new era of social responsibility.
Have an Impact.
If philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility have been the buzzwords of the current era, AmCham and its partner USAID believe that post-Syria reconstruction will be about sustainable humanitarian impact. As multi-national development actors like the Gates Foundation—which spends more on health and education than many governments can—have demonstrated, the biggest challenges to human survival and our planet’s stability can only be solved by equally big investments in infrastructure, capacity-building, and services.
The good news is that an increasing number of private-sector businesses have taken on these challenges, seeking profit alongside positive social and environmental outcomes. In Jordan, for example, the Kingdom’s largest petroleum retailers have been jockeying with one another to scale solar-enabled electric vehicle charging stations. This new business model, which is as good for the environment as it is for business, has, in turn, more than tripled the number of zero-emissions vehicles on Jordan’s roads each year since 2014.
Jordan’s forward-thinking business environment has made the country a key investment destination in the Middle East and North Africa and an active partner in the reconstruction and development of neighboring markets. As the major brands who have already invested here know, establishing a presence in Jordan can generate profit while making a major social impact. Although the upcoming symposia will take a broader view of how investors can participate in reconstruction efforts—in Jordan and beyond—participants will also:
• Learn about the overall investment climate in Jordan.
• Share experiences and forge partnerships with other private-sector representatives.
• Hear from high-level government leaders about upcoming initiatives.
• Network with bilateral and multilateral aid agencies.
For more information on the upcoming symposia in San Francisco, please email [email]