Jordan eases COVID-19 restrictions – but economic revival remains far off

Jordan eases COVID-19 restrictions – but economic revival remains far off

**Written and disseminated among select contacts on May 5**

Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, Tareq Hammouri, announced on Sunday, May 3, that all economic sectors are permitted to reopen at full capacity starting the following Wednesday as long as Jordanian nationals comprise 75% or more of the work force. While the move is intended to kickstart the economy, the measure will not go far enough to avert a financial crisis.

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China’s role in Middle East oil and gas

China’s role in Middle East oil and gas

The specter of Chinese geopolitical power rising in the Middle East has raised concerns in the West that as the power and influence of the US – and to some extent its European partners – wanes, China will exercise more influence and control over the oil and gas sectors of the region. Undoubtedly, China’s rise as an economic superpower has earned it a place at the regional table. However, as far as oil and gas is concerned the system of control exercised by Middle East governments is not about to change, while China’s involvement in the region continues to be driven by energy security concerns – not hegemonic ambition.