Israel Seeks to Tap Arab Markets With Made-in-Jordan Label

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By: Mohamad Bdeir

Published Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cross-border projects are materializing, but not between Arab countries – as Arabs would have hoped – but between Israel and Jordan. A joint industrial park is to be established along the Israeli-Jordanian border, giving Israeli companies the ability to tap into Arab markets, as their products will bear the misleading label “Made in Jordan.”

The Israeli press reports that the industrial zone – the brainchild of Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Silvan Shalom – will be submitted to the Israeli government for approval next week. The industrial park will consist of a section near Kibbutz Tirat Zvi on the Israeli side, which will be linked via bridge over the Jordan River to the Jordanian section.

On the Jordanian side, industrial facilities will be built by Israeli and Jordanian firms, and are expected to employ up to 2,000 Jordanian workers, while administration, logistics, and marketing facilities will operate on the Israeli side.

The estimated cost of the project, dubbed Sha’ar Hayarden, meaning Jordan Gate, will be around 180 million shekels (about $50 million).

According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Jordan will benefit from the increased job opportunities while Israel will stand to benefit from huge savings in labor costs by paying workers relatively low wages (no more than $500 per month on the Jordanian side).

In addition, the factories will be “close to home,” helping Israeli companies save on logistical costs and have more effective control over the production process. But more importantly, the products manufactured in this zone will be stamped with the label “Made in Jordan,” allowing Israeli companies to market their products in Arab countries.

Yedioth Ahronoth also noted that the project, which is considered a historic move between Israel and Jordan, will be overseen by a government agency attached to the Ministry of Regional Cooperation, which will collaborate with the ministries of economy, foreign affairs, defense and transportation.

The newspaper quoted Silvan Shalom as saying, “Sha’ar Hayarden represents a real breakthrough. The project will help strengthen relations between Israel and Jordan, and boost economic growth in the region through the establishment of new factories and joint ventures and job creation. We will continue to take the initiative and press forward with such projects.”

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

Comments

that would be nice for all

I agree with Ali C. The boycott must certainly be pursued - on all Israeli goods. The Jordanian label must be avoided. Jordan is playing handball with the zios and it is clear that there will only be one winner - the zios and one losers, those who work in the sweat shops for meager pickings. There must be total boycott and no "U" turns.

these industrial locations have existed for years between Jordan & Israel and Egypt and Israel. Of course the joint industrial parks in Gaza (which employed thousands) were destroyed with the Hamas takeover in 2007

Unfortunately,the culture boycott of Israeli products is not inside Palestinians or even Arabs. you can ostensibly see the useless hostility feelings against them, on the other hand, people buy "made in Israel" labeled products like some kinds of fruits in Jordanian market especially who are originated from Palestine. Defacto King Abdolla strategy is to pick up the Jordanian economy even though he loses some nationalists (by the way the same nationalists who are supporting Al-Qaida in Syria, denying the military support of Iran and thinks that Hezbollah betrayed them in July war 2006.

Simple solution: boycott Jordanian products.

Simple solution: destroy people's livelihoods while you sit around writing hateful Internet posts.

Did you send your clever post on a device with Israeli technology in it?numnuts.

"Israeli technology" ?
Stolen from where?

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