Measuring, monitoring and improving economic integration: Jordan - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
13-14 December 2021

Measuring, monitoring and improving economic integration: Jordan

  • Amman, Jordan
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The Development Account project on measuring, monitoring and improving performance in regional integration within the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and ESCWA regions aims to provide a robust regional integration index to be used by Member States to monitor and evaluate their economic integration performance. Within the framework of the project, ESCWA is organizing  a national workshop in Jordan. The session is part of a series of four.

The workshop is a capacity-building activity,  covering the use of ESCWA’s System of Indices to Monitor and Evaluate Arab Integration (SIMAEI) performance and the dedicated SIMAEI platform in developing economic integration national plans, the methodology and the features of the SIMAEI platform, as well as Jordan’s needs for specific customization of the tool and the platform.

In the workshop, the beta versions of the Arab Trade Gateway (ATG) and the first release of the Arab Trade Simulation Interface (ATSI)_are being presented and discussed as part of ESCWA’s tools for trade policy analysis that complement SIMAEI.

The workshop enables Jordan to use ESCWA’s trade analysis tools, including  SIMAEI, the ATG and ATSI,  to monitor and evaluate regional integration schemes and to prepare plausible scenarios for further integration with the rest of the world..

The findings of the National Strategic Plan for the Economic Integration of Jordan carried by ESCWA is also being discussed.

Outcome document

  • The National Strategic Plan for the economic integration of Jordan was discussed and validated. The influence of institutions’ quality, business environment and policy makers credibility were discussed.
  • The structure of ESCWA’s Arab economic integration monitoring and evaluation system of indexes and scoreboards was presented. Avenues for further improvements were discussed with Member States.
  • The Trade Gateway Platform was presented that was built to monitor the progress achieved in the implementation of the into force preferential trade agreements, to facilitate the negotiations of new preferential trade agreements, to facilitate access to foreign markets. The platform provides a wide range of data and indicators related to Arab’s global and regional integration starting from evaluation to negotiations..

The beta version of the Arab Trade Simulation Interface based on a tailored global dynamic CGE model for the Arab region and its major partners.. The ATIS allows users in the region to perform trade simulations in a friendly way. The first version is focusing on trade in goods while new versions are being developed to tackle negotiations on services and on the link between trade reforms and environment. .

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