Oxford Business Group appoints new team for 2014 report on Jordan

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AMMAN - The global publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) has appointed a new team to oversee the next phase of its operations in Jordan.

Ece Temel takes on the role of Country Director in the Kingdom, joined by Geoff Cooke, who is the Group’s new Editorial Manager there.

The team will be leading the research for The Report: Jordan 2014, OBG’s forthcoming investment guide to the Kingdom which is due to be published later this year.

Temel has played a key part in OBG’s recent coverage of the GCC economies, working on the Group’s projects in Dubai and Oman before moving into her new post. A graduate of Newcastle University, UK, she has a background in global communications.

Cooke moves to Jordan from Indonesia, where he worked as a member of OBG’s Southeast Asian editorial team. He brings with him an in-depth understanding of emerging markets and a background in managerial economics.

OBG’s Regional Editor, Oliver Cornock, said that the Group’s forthcoming report would chart the latest developments in Jordan’s sometimes challenging structural reform programme, while also exploring the part that new infrastructure projects are playing in galvanising the Kingdom’s economy.

“While Jordan has maintained its drive to reduce subsidies, in line with the government’s efforts to reduce outgoings, the Kingdom has also upped its focus on increasing trade, as heightened activity in a number of sectors, and notably at the expanding port of Aqaba shows,” he said.

“Our next report on Jordan will once again analyse all economic sectors, as well as look at the key part that the country’s free zones are playing in boosting industrial growth, against a backdrop of ongoing fiscal prudence.”

Cooke added that he expected the team’s research to look at how Jordan’s smaller-sized businesses were faring in a challenging economic environment. “There will be a particular emphasis on the role Jordan’s banking industry can play in financing SME activity” he said.

Commenting on her new role, Temel said she looked forward to meeting the political and business leaders who were working to secure long term prosperity for the country.

“While these are undoubtedly challenging times for Jordan, investors are aware that the Kingdom’s fundamentals remain relatively strong,” she said.

“International trade is on the rise, while national projects have opened the door for public-private partnerships. I am thrilled to be in the Kingdom at this important time and relaying Jordan’s economic development to the wider investment community.” 

The Report: Jordan 2014 will mark the culmination of over six months of on-the-ground research by OBG’s team. The publication will provide information on opportunities for foreign direct investment into the economy and act as a guide to the country’s many facets, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and sectoral developments.

The Report: Jordan 2014 will feature a wide range of interviews. The investment guide will be available in print form or online. (OBG)