What the world sees and we do not realize!

تم نشره في Sun 11 May / May 2014. 08:05 AM - آخر تعديل في Sun 11 May / May 2014. 08:05 AM

By Jumana Ghunaimat

Last weekend, Financial Times held its annual conference in Amman, titled "Investing in the Levant: New opportunities". Today, also in Amman, the International Monetary Fund will hold an expanded conference involving dozens of countries, under the theme "Building the Future: Jobs, growth and equality in the Arab world".

Choosing Jordan by the administrations of the newspaper and the Fund is not a random decision, but is closely linked to the image the world sees us in; stable, secure country that never knew the blood that is flowing in many neighboring countries, managing to make a difference in an inflamed regional scene.

Hundreds of dignitaries and senior investors came to Jordan, because they see it as a different case; maybe if governments invested the image practically and reasonably, they will contribute to changing the difficult economic reality, because of which Jordanians do not realize the important features possessed by their country.

The large gap between what the world sees in Jordan and what do not realize on the inside is caused mostly by failure of governments to invest our value-added; it is valuable in a time of war and strife, to achieve tangible results, especially with regard to attracting investment instead of pushing them away!

The Financial Times conference was attended by personalities and institutions whose estimated wealth and capital is in the tens of billions of dollars - offering investment opportunities to those would bring in many benefits, provided that we lose the bureaucratic mentality that refuses invests.

The world sees us fine, but we do not! This feeling needs an in-depth study that provide the definitive answer in the interpretation of the gap; then we should seek to bridge it as much as possible, until Jordan reaches what it deserves, and reap the benefits of security, safety and stability, the benefits of which society almost forgot because of the high level of crime, and repeated instances of abuse.

The value of the security and stability that the world sees high, began to lose its luster with the Jordanians, thanks to instances of university and social violence, for example, caused by, without the slightest doubt, a dip in the standards of living due to higher prices, which in its turn causes and is caused by a rise in poverty and unemployment.

In light of this paradox, the government must take advantage of the heading posed by the IMF; to build a future different from what people expect.

The idea put forward by the IMF sums up our economic problems, and explains the state of societal despair; what we need is jobs, growth, and equality, which are what all the plans failed to achieve, or even put together a recipe that could get us there, eventually.

What the world sees is certainly true; the situation in Jordan cannot be compared to any other country. However, what the Jordanian citizen feels, of the anxiety and fear for the future, is also a real and true. And between this and that there are large losses. Stability did not come only official efforts, but also thanks to the citizens who ignored their poverty and hunger, and their hopes for reform, so that Jordan can pass through the "Arab Spring" safely.

What has been achieved is not the result of official policies only, but the mind of a community that realized early on that it does not want a similar fate as those of the other Arab citizens. Since the status quo has been achieved by the efforts of everyone, justice requires that everyone reap the benefits as well. 



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.