Trade Adjustment Assistance in Jordan


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Trent Bertrand, Senior Consultant

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USAID/Jordan Monitoring and Evaluation Support Program (MESP) USAID/Jordan Monitoring and Evaluation Support Program (MESP)
(Muna Mansour)

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SABEQ (Sustainable achievement of business expansion and quality)


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Tags: Manufacturing Collective agreements Training Material Economic growth and development Political development Imports International trade Structural adjustment Employment

Tariff policies in Jordan have provided high levels of protection to domestic industries
producing products that substitute for imported commodities. Such protectionist policies
provide little basis for long run growth, particularly for economies with small domestic
markets. Sector studies carried out as part of an analysis of the tariff structure in Jordan
demonstrate that the current levels of protection have not, in fact, promoted the development
of competitive industries in Jordan, but instead have encouraged protected firms to focus
almost exclusively on the small domestic market behind high tariffs. This has acted as
disincentive to firms becoming efficient either through capturing scale economies or meeting
the product standards necessary to enter export markets. The sector studies reveal that a
number of these domestic sectors are already in relative decline in terms of market shares.

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