JORDAN ByMs. Raushanah N. Butler
Country Information… • Capital: Amman • Official Language: Arabic • Population: 6,198,677 • Religion: 95% Muslim, 5% Christian • Location: In the Middle East
Other Information…THE FLAG • Symbolizes the Kingdom's roots in the Great Arab Revolt of 1916 • Black, white and green bands represent the Arab Abbasid, Umayyad and Fatimid dynasties • Crimson triangle joining the bands represents the Hashemite dynasty. • Seven-pointed Islamic star set in the center of the crimson triangle represents the unity of Arab peoples in Jordan."
Other Information…COAT OF ARMS • The crown = system of monarchy. • The sash = Hashemite throne. • Scarletrepresents sacrifice, while the whiteinner background symbolizes purity. • The two flags are the flags of the Great Arab Revolt. • The eagle = power, might and loftiness. • Bluecolor of the globe symbolizes the spread of Islam across the world. • The bronze shield = defense of truth and right in the world. • Below the shield to the left are three branches of wheat, and to the right is a palm branch. Stretching down from between the wheat and palm branches is the highest Jordanian medal, the decorative order of al-Nahda.
Other Information…CURRENCY • Jordanian Dinar (JOD) • $1.00 US dollar = 0.70 JOD
Things To Know Before Traveling… • A passport and visa are required. • MUST have visa prior to arrival. • To stay more than 30 days, must register with Jordanian police. • The threat of terrorism remains high. • Anti-American sentiments exist in Jordan.
A Few Words… • Hello – Al Salaam a’Laykum • Hello (reply) – WA alaykum Al Salaam • Yes – na, am , aiwa • No – la • WHO? – meen? • WHEN? – mata? • WHY? – lain? • HOW? – kaif?
Making Appointments… • Typical business hours are from 9AM to 7PM on Sunday through Thursday • Being on time is admired • Arriving too early makes Jordanians feel uncomfortable and caught off guard • Leave appointments when you feel business is finished • If tea or coffee is being served, let everyone finish before leaving
Business Dress… • Business dress should be moderate and conservative • For men – a suit and tie or dress shirt and pants • For women – a dress, hemline covering the knees, sleeves should be close to the wrist
GOOD Sports Religion Wages Compliment giving History of Jordan BAD Relationship w/spouse A loud voice Derogatory humor Current events Topics of Conversation…
Addressing Others… • Ya Sidi(yah see dee) – most general title of respect • Ya Ammo(yah um mow) – informal general title of respect • Ya Bek(yah bake) – used for police and military officers • Ya Doctor(yah doc tour) – formal title of respect to ascribe learning and general social awareness • SOCIAL: Mr., Miss, Mrs. Ms. • EDUCATIONAL: Dr., Engineer, Lawyer, Professor • RELIGION: Bishop, Minister
Acceptable Behavior… Married men and women do not touch in public Loud voices are considered unacceptable Jordanians are very demonstrative and very conservative Quiet voices are a sign of maturity and respect Slapping hands is a kind of cheer Jokes are loved
Gift Giving… • Gift giving should be reciprocal • In formal settings, giving gifts is a powerful way of honoring • Anniversary – give sweets • Sick – sweets or a plant • Marriage – house wares or cash • Childbirth – clothes or cash • Rarely exceed 40 USD • AVOID – giving gifts to a business partner’s spouse or a gift large enough to be considered economic aid
Negotiating… • Jordanians are primarily oral and visual communicators. • Jordanians think proverbially. • Bring a supply of standard size business cards, preferably in color. • Have brochures in full color, on glossy paper. • May bring your own lawyer • A verbal agreement is a statement of intent • Integrity is of utmost importance, casting doubt is a weapon of mass destruction
Entertaining… Lunch: 3:00pm – main meal Breakfast: 11:00am or 12 noon Morning Coffee: sweet, thick coffee w/bread at 10:00am Evening Meal: 8:00pm, or as late as 10:00pm. Usually eaten at home. For evening entertaining consider a specialty restaurant. Business lunches should be held at expensive hotel restaurants. An invitation is not rejected until it is declined 3 times. An invitation is not accepted until it is made 3 times.
Dining… Sit beside your same sex or your spouse Alcohol is prohibited!!! NO PORK !!!!!!!!!! Tear off small pieces of bread.
Position Statement Should the United States conduct business with this country? • The United States SHOULD conduct business with Jordan because Jordan is politically and economically stable; and they are rich in natural resources.
International Trade What exports would the United States receive from this country? WHY? • Oil shale • Rich natural resource • 60% of Jordanian territory • Vegetables • Increase U.S. produce
Multinational Company • Healthy competition • Exponential growth • Extensive offerings • Negotiable contracts • Entrepreneurial opportunities • Economic development
Conclusion… • In conclusion, though Jordan conducts business similarly to that of the United States of America, the anti-American sentiments of Jordan would not make it a country that we would likely conduct business in.
Resources • U.S. Commercial Service Jordan www.buyusa.gov/jordan • Ministry of Industry and Trade www.mit.gov.jo • USAID Jordan www.usaid.gov/jordan • Jordan-U.S. Free Trade Agreement www.jordanusfta.com • American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) www.jaba.org.jo/ • Information Technology Association Jordan (Intaj) www.intaj.net • Jordan Investment Board www.jordaninvestment.com • TATWEER (formerly Jordan-U.S. Business Partnership www.jusbp.org • Jordan Forum for Business & Professional Women www.bpwa.org.jo