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Heralding a New Era of Development: Jordan in its Second Centenary

As the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has entered its second centennial of the foundation of the state, KAS Jordan co-organized a Conference titled “Jordan’s Second Century-Challenges and Opportunities” with its long-standing partner Al-Quds Center for Political Studies and under the patronage of his excellency the Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Musa Al-Maayteh.
Key Remark by his Excellency the Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Musa Al-Maayteh.
Key Remark by his Excellency the Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Musa Al-Maayteh.

The theme of the two days national roundtable discussion held on October 9th and 10th 2021 in Amman revolved around the newly published report by the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System. Given the latest pressing national challenges and regional turmoil, several speakers reiterated that reforms in Jordan cannot be perceived as a luxury anymore but rather a prerequisite for democracy and development, the initiative by King Abdullah II aims at putting forward political reforms. The outcomes of the Royal Committee mainly propose newly drafted election and political parties’ laws, constitutional amendments connected to these two laws and provide recommendations on developing legislation regulating local administration.

The significance of holding this conference was not only limited to the fact it has been a timely occurrence as it was the first conference to be held at national level right after publishing the Royal Committee’s report. It also brought together diverse key actors of Jordan’s political spectrum including academia, political leaders and different media outlets, providing them with an opportunity for dialogue and reflection on the recommendations. Additionally, a debate about current economic challenges and a future socio-economic model for Jordan took place. Effective political parties and the desired government can be seen as pillars for the long-sought economic development. 

His excellency the Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Musa Al-Maayteh.
His excellency the Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Musa Al-Maayteh.

In order to achieve this potential qualitative leap in political and parliamentary life, participants reflected on how the transition from individualism to collectivism is substantial, particularly after having witnessed the deterioration of trust within the electoral system when less than 30% of Jordanian eligible voters casted their ballots in the parliamentary elections last year. To an equal degree, ensuring active youth and women participation was reiterated upon by different speakers and participants. Namely, it was embraced how the draft law allows university students to join political parties and how it would change the current stereotype of being affiliated to parties.

Closing the conference, the need for an action plan for implementation and close follow-up on all levels was highlighted. That way, emerging challenges can be overcome and the process of modernization and development can propel Jordan towards a better future.

 

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