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OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Jordan 2013

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This report presents the results of OECD's comprehensive review of Jordan's investment policy. It examines the role of investment in Jordan's economy, Jordan's investment regime and the national treatment instrument, Jordan's policy framework for investment, Jordan's adherence to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterpriese, and its investment framework in support of green growth.

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Jordan's investment regime and the National Treatment instrument

Jordan’s legal investment regime is governed by a series of laws and regulations, not all easily accessible, some being temporary and overlapping. It suffers from deficiencies in terms of legal coherence, transparency and predictability for investors. The authorities are aware that it needs to be clarified, unified and improved, and have announced the revision of the investment law and the restructuration of the investment institutional framework.Jordan applies restrictions on foreign investment under the OECD National Treatment instrument. Limitations on foreign ownership concern sectors such as telecommunications and transport, but also wholesale trade and retail, and construction, which are more unusual among OECD countries and adherents to the OECD Declaration on International Investment. In addition, some measures having a bearing on FDI are notified for purposes of transparency. Jordan’s overall scoring under the OECD’s FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index is high and significantly above the average for adhering countries.

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