The government, under the auspices of Prime Minister, Omar Razzaz, has launched the “Youth, Technology and Jobs” project on Sunday, and officially rolled out its 1st component, dubbed: “Jordan Growth Incentives Program” to stimulate the digital sector’s development. In later stages, the other project’s components will be announced successively, to include programs to help start-ups, develop digital skills for the youth and students in public schools, and support the military service program, which the government has announced last week to reinstate. The launch of the project comes as digitization has become the main pillar for economic growth, job creation with justice, taken into consideration technology and the Internet have exceeded all geographical and political boundaries, in a bid to integrate and benefit from the growth of the global digital economy, in a country where the technology sector has grown by more than five-fold, compared to the economy’s growth in the last five years. Within the framework of the “Jordan Growth Incentives Program”, the other 3 sub-programs, are namely: “Jordan Growth Incentives – Competencies” program, the “Jordan Growth – Market Access” program, and the “Jordan Growth – Free Work Platforms” program. During the launch ceremony, Razzaz said this project is considered national par excellence, as it is related to what the government is offering to prepare Jordanian youth to enter the labor market. What distinguishes the project is the “true” partnership among the ministries and private sector institutions concerned with the telecommunications and information technology (TIT) sector, pointing to the role of emerging companies in employing hundreds of young men and women at a stage in which the employment opportunity in other sectors to hire has diminished, according to Razzaz. Razzaz said the TIT sector is ” promising,” especially as it is compatible with the skills required by the 21st century concerning the remote work, whether the Covid-19 pandemic, or other similar situations, are prevailing. Part of the “Youth, Technology and Jobs” project is related to school education, as the Ministry of Education has integrated in its school strategy to focus on professional and technical work, with the aim of arming young men and women with a work culture free from the “culture of shame,” Razzaz pointed out. Razzaz said the project’s activities provide summer and extracurricular activities to students to achieve interaction and acquisition of basic skills, adding the project also includes the military service, which was launched last week in a “new, different” fashion-focused on entrenching the values of allegiance and fieldwork, and extends to acquiring skills required by the labor market in various sectors. Razzaz lauded the TIT sector, its employment figures and its ability to export services abroad, noting His Majesty King Abdullah II always speaks of the importance of benefiting from the employment opportunities the TIT industry is providing to the Jordanian youth. In turn, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Muthanna Gharaibeh, said the digital transformation and digitization today have a “great” impact on creating job opportunities fairly in all the Kingdom’s governorates. Local, global technology companies have created more than 1500 job opportunities during the 2-month lockdown period, primarily services exported to businesses overseas, which enhances Jordan’s trade balance by generating hard currency to the country, according to the minister. On the importance of providing government services quickly and with high quality for all, the minister said the digital transformation is “no longer a luxury,” but a necessity to move towards the future, adding the government is launching today the 1st component of the “Youth, Technology and Employment” project, which is the “Jordan Growth Incentives Program” as the first activity concerned with stimulating the digital sector’s growth. The component, which was rolled out today, aims to support the digital companies’ growth plans and their expansion, as well as stimulate digital businesses to create new job opportunities in the e-economy by providing employment grants that cover up to 50% of the new employees’ salaries for a period of up to 6 months, and snubs experience years for the companies’ various jobs, the minister added. Source: Jordan News Agency

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