January 3, 2022

Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship in Jordan opens a dialogue for job creation

Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Hanandeh, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship in Jordan, we organised an event to open discussions surrounding entrepreneurship and employability in the 21st century.

The event held at the Landmark Amman Hotel on December 23, 2021 hosted a variety of public/private sector representatives, business owners, entrepreneurs, students and graduates from Jordanian higher education institutes.

The event provided a platform for businesses, entrepreneurs and students to have direct dialogue with top government officials, as well as with existing entities within the entrepreneurship sector. The event included two panel discussions with experts on entrepreneurship and work-integrated learning within higher education institutions.

Entrepreneurship and Employability in the 21st Century event highlights

The first panel discussion was attended by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Hanandeh, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship in Jordan, Rasha Manna, General Manager at Flat6labs, Saddam Sayyaleh, Founder of I Learn, Laith Al-Qasem, General Manager of Innovative Startups and SMEs Fund (ISSF) and discussions were led by Belal Raslan, Director of TTi. The panel of experts discussed the recent amendments on the centurial laws and the entrepreneurship situation during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The second panel entitled ‘Education and Pathways to Employment’ included the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Jordan, Ashraf Bany Mohammed, Fatima Al Qaisi, the Corporate Engagement Manager at EFE Jordan, and Ghaleb Hijazi, the General Manager at Business Development Center, with discussions moderated by Ibrahim Banat, Regional Media and Communications Specialist at SPARK. Upon closing of the panel discussions, a job matching event took place where students and participants of various SPARK programmes met with potential employers from the private sector.

The first panel discussion about entrepreneurship during and post COVID-19 in Jordan © 2021, SPARK
The second panel discussion about education and pathways to employment in Jordan © 2021, SPARK
Fresh graduates meeting with their potential employers during the job fair held upon closing the panel discussions © 2021, SPARK
Ms. Haneen Khaitb, SPARK Jordan Country Manager delivering the opening speech © 2021, SPARK
Networking between governmental bodies, entrepreneurs and private sector © 2021, SPARK

Representatives from 15 national private and public companies took part including Orange, Opensooq and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as various banks including the Jordan Commercial Bank, Capital Bank, to discuss their organisations and offer career opportunities to prospective job seekers. 

Lina Issa, a recruitment officer from Opensooq, said: “Today, we came to offer various job positions as we are expanding in 20 countries. We are offering IT, marketing, content and human resources positions.”

This event was generously supported by the Qatar Fund for Development, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Postcode Lottery and the Islamic Development Bank.