Sixteen Lower House deputies are calling on the government to pass a law requiring Jordanians to disclose their bank accounts and other funds abroad.
A memorandum signed by the deputies and delivered to House Speaker Abdul Hadi Majali said there was need to know the volume of Jordanian wealth abroad, either through official channels or through private investigation. The document said the information was necessary for tax purposes.
“In accordance with paragraph 66 of the Constitution, we are demanding that the government enact a draft law requiring Jordanians wishing to keep bank accounts abroad to acquire permission to do so and to encourage the return of these funds to Jordan to be invested in development projects,” said the memorandum.
The memorandum said returning funds would contribute to solving the problems of unemployment and poverty and reviving the national economy.
It said the government should investigate the sources of these funds and whether they are connected with suspect transactions or cases of corruption or violate Jordanian law. — ( Jordan Times )
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