Minister of Industry and Trade Recognizes Sawtouna’s Efforts for Temporary Business Licensing

Published May 7th, 2009 - 07:40 GMT

Sawtouna [Our Voice], a Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) initiative that strives to make grassroots entrepreneurship commonplace in Jordan’s business environment, discussed recently findings about temporary business licensing with HE Ammer Hadeedi, Minister of Industry and Trade and several parliamentarians. The discussions was one of a series of regular meetings held by Sawtouna with decision makers and business owners. These meetings serve to advocate for amending institutional policies for small/medium enterprises. Mr.Laith Qasem, a YEA board member, presented on behalf of Sawtouna the Temporary Business License research paper findings and then held an open discussion with the YEA members and guests in attendance.
His Excellency Ammer Hadeedi and several parliamentarians provided positive feedback on the importance of creating a licensing and registration guidebook, which includes the various procedures and steps for entrepreneurs to approach registering and licensing their businesses.  Different guidebooks will be created for each sector as registration procedures vary. Sawtouna stressed that the guidebook is necessary to start the implementation of temporary business licenses.
In order to outline the necessary procedures for each sector, the research paper results will be sent to various government officials involved in licensing and registration, as well as stakeholders from the private sector.
Karma Khalidi, Sawtouna’s Head of Programs stated, “We are excited to get the Ministry of Industry and Trade and members of parliament to support easing the licensing process for young entrepreneurs. We also hope to gain the support of various government officials as temporary business licensing will certainly help business startups in Jordan.”
About YEA
Established in 1998 with headquarters in Amman, Jordan, the Young Entrepreneurs Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging entrepreneurship in Jordan and educating Jordanian businesspeople on the social and economic value of non-conventional ideas. YEA’s mission is to create outstanding young entrepreneurs through idea exchange, fellowship, education, training and advocacy to enhance entrepreneurs' skill level allowing them to compete in the global economy.

About Sawtouna
Launched in 2006 in Amman, Jordan as part of the YEA’s Public Policy Committee, Sawtouna became Jordan's first proactive entrepreneur, start-up, and small/medium enterprise (SME) advocacy effort that strives to make grassroots entrepreneurship commonplace in the Jordanian business environment. Sawtouna aims at becoming the first public policy advocacy effort focused on improving the business environment for small and medium enterprises and start-ups through pressure for legislative and structural




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