Policy & Advocacy
We believe that the modernization of economic policy is key to positive growth that contributes to sustainable economic development. To ensure better policies that are more equitable and more effective, they are best developed through a collaborative processed that is based on research and best international practices.
To contribute to the policy development, the Tijara Coalition Advocacy Committee, a public private committee works to bridge these gaps by building consensuses and finding win-win solutions.
There are various types and forms of policy, our work focuses on economic policies at the broad level looking at policy that enunciates government-wide direction or more specific policies that are developed for a particular economic sector or issue. With respect to the forms that government policy can take, it is reflected most typically in legislations, regulations; instruments decisions; procedures or standards, these are the policy instruments.
As a national association affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and mainly concerned with promoting Jordan U.S. business development and growth we also guide decisions on programs, and project selection this is referred to operational policy.
The Tijara Coalition Advocacy Committee provides the umbrella for the advocacy support activities that are provided in various ways:
– Organizing Policy Dialogues:
Organizing carefully constructed policy dialogues events (conferences, workshops, roundtables; meetings) that address technically complex aspects of an issue. Policy dialogues seek to exchange information and build consensus recommendations between the public, private, and civil society sectors. Policy Dialogues bring diverse interest groups to the table to focus on a policy, regulatory, or planning issue to bide awareness and understanding regarding a practical issue and to device solutions to contribute to overcoming challenges.
– Assisting in Policy development:
Policy issues are often multi-faceted and multilayered involving more than one government body or, level of government. As such, one of the critical items in successfully addressing any policy issue is assessing its importance at the industry and overall national levels. As well as identifying its effect on the bilateral Jordan – U.S. trade and investment relations and its importance in connection with each party’s contractual obligations.
Jordanian as well as American enterprises are encouraged to submit a policy assistance form
Issues received are internally reviewed and presented before Tijara Advocacy Committee. As appropriate the committee may decide to establish a specialized working group and to dedicate resources such as engaging external experts to conduce the needed research, analysis and consultation to produce recommendations to contribute to overcoming policy challenges.
Recommendations are traditionally reflected in position papers containing work plan, which are developed by subject matter experts; with the participation and agreement of the relevant bodies. To ensure that recommendations are implemented with the possibility of adaptation to meet developments on the ground. The advocacy committee continues to monitor implementation of recommendations and may periodically issue monitoring reports.
Figure (a): Process for Contrition to National Policy Development
– Answering inquires:
The FTA Unit has specialized policy experts that can help answer some question. To access such support please complete the policy inquiry form.
– Monitoring the overall business environment:
The FTA Unit’s Business Environment Survey measures key aspects of the overall business setting in Jordan and provides an overview of a business owners’ perspective of operational and regulatory requirements.
The Business Environment Survey provides a standard process to measure how policy development effect enterprises and ensure updated information that supports the FTA Unit’s ability to respond to industry needs.