Previous AMIR-USAID studies have identified that licensing and permitting practices are
being unnecessarily costly to investors seeking to establish a new business in Jordan. Those
studies show that it can take from three days to three months to license a business. Therefore,
a project aimed at simplifying the processes for professional license issuance and renewal
was initiated by AMIR/USAID in 2004 in two pilot municipalities and to be rolled out to
other municipalities as well. Greater Amman Municipality (GAM)/Wadiseer District was
selected as a pilot municipality.