Study of an Exemption Request Presented by The Jordanian Company for Unified Reservations Ltd. "JETT Company, Alpha Company Aad Petra Company"

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Study of an Exemption Request Presented by The Jordanian Company for Unified Reservations Ltd. "JETT Company, Alpha Company Aad Petra Company"

Hussein Al-Hamadani, Competition Directorate Director, Competition Directorate, Jordan, Jordan

Specialized tourism transport services dated back to 1964, when JETT Company was established as a private shareholding company. It was converted in 1966 into a public shareholding company in which the Jordanian government owns 25,000 shares. It was granted a license that gives it the right to undertake tourism transport services in all parts of the Kingdom for 15 years. A law ratifying the license agreement was issued as a Provisional Law No. (40) for 1966.

Hussein Al-Hamadani holds a bachelor's degree in Law, is currently the Director of the Competition Directorate at the Ministry of Industry and Trade/Jordan. He had contributed in the establishment of the Competition Directorate and supervision of all its human resources that are responsible for the implementation of competition law and policy in Jordan since 2003. He has organized several workshops and seminars to disseminate competition culture and policy for the various sectors, private and governmental institutions. He held training courses for the staff of the Saudi Council of Competition Protection, the staff of the Protection of Competition of Yemen, judges of courts of first instance, market controllers in all governorates of the Kingdom, the staff of regulatory bodies and others. Moreover, he has participated in many conferences and workshops on competition and has attended many other courses in several legal and economic areas. Also, he participated in the discussions on the adoption of competition law in the House of the Parliament.

Jordan is the first Arab country in the Middle East with competition legislation. A provisional competition Law (No. 49) came into force in 2002 and two years later, Jordan enacted its present competition legislation, namely Competition Law No. 33 of 2004. The competition law established a Competition Directorate in the Ministry of Industry and Trade. • Vision Contribute in achieving a sustainable economic development in Jordan, and raise its competitiveness through the increase of economic efficiency and encouragement of creativity. • Mission Successful implementation of the competition policy that apprehends the needs and prospects of Jordan and that contributes to elevate the level of competitiveness in all sectors by setting out free market mechanisms and incentives. • Objectives 1. Develop a follow-up and information systems on competition matters, monitor market mechanisms, and handle the complaints and applications presented to the Directorate. 2. Promote the competition culture among the public, and raise the awareness about the provisions of the Competition Law and encourage competition in every economic sector. 3. Amend the legal regulations on competition in the light of the outcomes of the practical implementation of the Law. 4. Train the national potentialities specialized in the implementation of the Law. 5. Liaise with all the related institutions and agencies in Jordan, and with the similar agencies abroad and benefit from their experience.

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