Amman, Deputizing for His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Tariq Hammouri Saturday opened the Fourth Silk Road Conference, which is organized by the Palestinian-Jordanian Business Forum in cooperation with the Jordan Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association (JEIA) and the European Union.
On the sidelines of the conference, in which 500 businessmen from inside and outside the Kingdom, including Palestine, are taking part, the initiative "Dullani" (guide me) was launched to network entrepreneurs with industrial and commercial business owners in partnership between the Forum, the JEIA and the Amman Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
A database, "Business Tree", was also launched in partnership with the businessmen associations of Jordan, Palestine and Turkey as a first phase, in addition to displaying 20 pilot projects, and holding bilateral meetings among the participants.
"The political and economic challenges taking place in the world and their impact on the economies of the countries of the region make it imperative for all to find practical mechanisms to uplift their economies and absorb change to achieve the economic and social well-being of the peoples of the region," Hamouri said during the opening ceremony.
He called for working in a "spirit of partnership and solidarity to spare the region from more risks and crises and turn them into investment opportunities within the spirit of innovation and leadership to raise competition at the various levels."
Hammouri said that Jordan seeks to support innovation within institutions and the regulatory environment, noting that innovation is the capital of the future and that institutions that had been established in the Kingdom since 1960 were devoted to supporting education, science and technology and enhancing the national capacity building for innovation.
The Minister said that His Majesty King Abdullah II was keen to support innovation initiatives by establishing the King Hussein Business Park and launching the national innovation strategy in addition to supporting innovation pioneers and care for innovation in the renewable energy, industry, transport, technology, education, health and water sector.
Palestinian-Jordanian Business Forum Board Chairman Nazmi Al-Atmeh said that the conference seeks to integrate leadership and innovation ideas into the industrial, commercial and services sectors to empower and localize them and raise the added value to the national economy.
EU ambassador to Jordan Maria Hadjitheodosiou said that Jordan remained a land of stability, safety, creativity and prosperity in the midst of a turbulent region. She said the EU continues to support young Jordanian talents within its economic facilities aid development project.
The project was launched two years ago to invest in small-sized businesses and talents and turn ambition into practical skills in order to help entrepreneurs to innovate new ideas to become major players in new markets, she said.
Source: Jordan News Agency