ACI teams up with European Commission Delegation

Amman Chamber of Industry and the European Commission Delegation in Jordan are teaming up to host an e-business exhibition and conference.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  January 20, 2002

Amman Chamber of Industry (ACI) and the European Commission Delegation in Jordan are teaming up to host an e-business exhibition and conference. The event, which is due to run between February 19th and the 20th, is being hosted under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II.

The event shall include a programme of seminars and workshops dealing with issues ranging from bridging the digital divide through to implementing the legal framework for business transformation.

The conference represents the third phase of the Electronic Business Development Activities initiative aimed at the dissemination of e-commerce awareness and the implementation of a capacity building program.

EBDA came to existence in October 2000 when its founding contracts were signed between the European Commission Delegation in Jordan and the Amman Chamber of Industry.

“This conference is about getting moving and getting things done. It will build on very positive experience of EBDA and provide participants with strategies and skills to make the most of this technology, e-commerce can make an important contribution to Jordan’s economic transformation, something that we in Europe fully support and this event is an important step along the way, “ says H.E. James Moran, head of the European Commission in Jordan.

According to Othman Bdeir, chairman of ACI, e-commerce is going to be a vital tool in helping Jordan develop a first world economy.

“Our challenge right now is to develop a truly first world economy with high living standards for all. E-commerce is one of the more important tools that will take us there. Attendees of the upcoming conference will hear first hand stories from businesses [which] got involved in e-commerce at an earlier stage and how it has worked for them as well as from international experts on e-commerce,” he adds.

Although many of the Kingdom’s larger organisations have already begun the migration towards Internet technologies more education is needed for the small-to-medium business segment.

“Stronger awareness is needed for the great number of small to medium businesses in the Kingdom that are unfamiliar with opportunities that the Internet gives us by enabling access to new regional and international markets,” says Dr. Fawaz Zu’bi, minister of post and communications.

“EBDA is an initiative working to ensure that Jordanian businesses will get a clear view of the value of incorporating technology in their business strategy, creating awareness that will eventually create new business opportunities,” he adds.

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