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

Crowds Perform Isha and Tarawih Prayers at Prophet’s Mosque on 27th Night of Ramadan

Madinah: The Isha and Tarawih prayers were conducted in the Prophet’s Mosque on the 27th night of Ramadan to observe Laylat al-Qadr during the last ten nights. The spiritual atmosphere was marked by security, safety, tranquility, reverence, and stability, with integrated services in place.

The corridors of the Prophet’s Mosque were filled early with worshippers from inside and outside the Kingdom. The General Authority for the Care of the Affairs of the Prophet’s Mosque, in coordination with various departments and relevant authorities, took great care to fully prepare the mosque and make all necessary arrangements to ensure the safety and comfort of visitors.

Their goal was to help visitors spend their time in remembrance and worship and to work on developing and facilitating services for those visiting the Prophet’s Mosque.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

King Abdulaziz Royal Reserve Limits Access to Protect Flourishing Wildlife and Vegetation

Riyadh: The King Abdulaziz Royal Reserve Development Authority has introduced a new access mechanism for visitors entering Al-Suman area.

Visitors can now access the reserve from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm after obtaining an entry permit through the authority’s website. This initiative aims to balance environmental protection with public access.

The new system aligns with the 2030 strategic goals for royal reserves and the Saudi Green Initiative. It seeks to preserve the environmental gains achieved in the reserve since its establishment in 2018. These gains include flourishing vegetation in valleys and meadows and increased wildlife activity. Limiting vehicle access will further protect plant life and nocturnal wildlife populations.

The King Abdulaziz Royal Reserve is one of seven established by royal decree and boasts government membership within the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Located in Riyadh Region, on an area of approximately 28,000 square kilometers, the reserve includes Rawdat A
l-Tanhat, Rawdat Al-Khafs, Rawdat Noura, Al-Dahna, Al-Suman and the surrounding areas.

Source: Saudi Press 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

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