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Raising industry

Mar 09,2015 - Last updated at Mar 09,2015

Given the various initiatives under way in Jordan and the drive for greater efficiency, it is time that Jordanian industry takes off. 

This could and should start now, with a concerted and upbeat effort, as the economy can only go up from here.

Experience and best practice show that this can only be done through a big and ambitious vision, and taking very small steps to get there.

In this mission, executors must be humble visionary giants.

The coming era should be marked by many little innovations in all fields.

Yes, there have been visions, and competitive visions, but we cannot afford to underestimate the power of a vision to change the industry and the future of our economy, and from here the region and the world.

There must exist a core belief, at all levels, that we can do it.

The poorest governorate must believe it can surpass the richest governorate; the richest must believe it can surpass New York and London in per capita income and wealth.

Jordan is currently working on finding alternative, renewable and clean energy sources. These efforts need to be joined together in one strategy for upgrading industry, moving it from the simple to the complex, from the low value added to the highest value added possible, from simple process and basic goods into knowledge intensive-production and products.

At the core of this we must dramatically reduce energy waste, and shift from oil and natural gas to wind, solar, geothermal and other types of renewable energy sources.

As long as the focus is on value added and the mind remains open to improvement, there will be limitless opportunities in every industry, and the frontier will forever be dynamic and moving outward.

And yes, it is possible to make industry the economic leader; recall that the 20th century started with the majority of economies based on farming and agriculture, and ended with people landing on the moon and the Internet, cellular phones, robots and amazing technologies applied everywhere.

In raising industry we must recall the strengths and potentials of Jordan and Jordanians.

The basic rule of the free market economy is to rise to the top. Raising industry to global competitiveness should be Jordan’s main goal.

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