The new Development Zones Law of 2008, which was passed by Parliament in early 2008,
establishes a set of specialized rules to facilitate regional investment. Its goals are
"enhancing the economic capability of the kingdom, attracting investments and creating an
advanced investment environment for economic activities", according to Article 3 of the new
legislation. The new legislation is part of Jordan's efforts to substantially increase the flow of
productive direct investment. The Development Zones Commission (DZC) was established
in 2008 as the regulatory authority responsible for the Development Zones.