U.s.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement

Under the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, Jordan is required to adopt stricter rules for the protection and enforcement of copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. The free trade agreement will also open jordan`s services market to U.S. companies. These changes will, among other things, provide U.S. and Jordanian companies with a more accessible and easy-to-navigate market base. The Ministry of Labour is working with the International Labour Organization`s (ILO) labour organization`s (ILO) “Better Work” programme, funded by fraud, to improve understanding of internationally recognised labour standards and the process of conducting audits in the garment sector, including by assigning labour inspectors to the project. The ongoing commitment focuses on integrating Better Work`s knowledge of capacity building for labour inspectors, conducting inspections that include dormitories in QIZs, and continuing public relations so that stakeholders understand their legal rights to participate in trade unions and benefit from jobs without discrimination or harassment. Jordan also worked with Better Work Jordan to ensure factory-level audits are publicly available At the last Joint Committee meeting in May 2016, the United States and Jordan discussed labour, agriculture, particularly current technical barriers to agricultural trade, acceptance of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, and accession to the WTO Official Agreement. Public procurement.

The parties opened a dialogue to outline concrete measures to promote trade and investment bilaterally, as well as between Jordan and other countries in the Middle East. Following the meetings, the issue of the import certificate for poultry from the United States was resolved in order to allow the importation of American poultry into Jordan. Poultry imports worth $8 million were exported to Jordan in 2017. The United States continued to cooperate with Jordan in the area of labour standards. In 2016, the Ministry of Labour (DOL) removed Jordanian clothing from its list of products made by child labour or forced labour, on the grounds that the frequency of forced labour in the Jordanian garment sector had been significantly reduced. The United States and Jordan have tried to build on this success through ongoing efforts under the implementation plan signed in 2013 with respect to the working and living conditions of workers in Jordan. The plan addresses the concerns of workers in Jordanian garment factories, including anti-union discrimination against foreign workers, accommodation conditions for foreign workers, and discrimination and sexual harassment. In 2016, Jordan`s Ministries of Health and Labour signed an agreement to ensure that labour inspections include clothing residences and thus fulfil one of the outstanding obligations of the implementation plan.

Inspections began in 2017. The United States and Jordan continued to work towards the completion of the implementation plan. Jordan became a “magnet for garment manufacturing” when U.S. companies like Wal-Mart, Target and Hanes set up factories to cut costs by removing tariffs. In the first year, Jordan increased its exports by 213% and created 30,000 jobs. Until 2002, Jordan had a marginal trade surplus with the United States. [1] Five years after the entry into force of the free trade agreement, Jordanian exports to America had increased twentyfold; Jordan`s apparel exports to the United States amounted to $1.2 billion in 2005. [6] Most Jordanian exports to the United States come from one in 114 companies. [7] In 2006, the National Labor Committee, an American NGO, published a number of reports on Jordanian sweatshops whose conditions were, according to the executive director of the CNPC, “the worst”: 20 hours of work, months of non-payment and physical abuse. . . .