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National Conference: Jordan’s Second Century - Challenges and Opportunities
06.10.2021

Saturday, October 9th

09.30 - 10.00 Reception and Registration

10.00 - 11.00 Opening Session:
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Mr. Oraib Al Rantawi
Director-General of Al-Quds Center for Political Studies

Dr. Edmund Ratka
Resident Representative Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) - Jordan Office

His Excellency Musa Al-Maayteh
Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs

11.00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 1:30 Session 2:
A dialogue on the outcomes of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System

Session Topics:
Examining a draft of the electoral law
The draft law on political parties
The recommendations of the local administration
Constitutional amendments related to the above draft laws and mechanisms of parliamentary action

Moderator:
Mr. Nabil Gheishan
Former Member of the Jordanian Parliament

Speakers:
Dr. Khaled Al-Bakar
Chairperson of the Election Commission, Royal Committee to Modernise the Political System

Adnan Al Sawair
Chairperson of the Parties Commission, Royal Committee to Modernise the Political System

Dr. Laith Nasrawin
Rapporteur of the Secondary Committee for the Constitutional Amendments, Royal Committee to Modernise the Political System

Dr. Raed Adwan
Rapporteur of the local administration committee, Royal Committee to Modernise the Political System

Discussion


1.30 - 2.30 Lunch Break


2.30 - 4.30 Session 3:
The Role of Political Parties in Jordan: Which way forward?

Session Topics:
How will political parties deal with the new draft of the political parties’ law and its requirements, particularly in regards to:
Increasing the number of founding members to one thousand from six governorates?
Opportunities and challenges to merge similar political parties?
Opportunities and challenges in establishing new political parties?
How will political parties deal with the requirements of the draft of electoral law and national lists with a threshold at the national and local levels?

Moderator:
Mr. Ahmed Al-Jaludi
Former Member of the Jordanian Parliament

Speakers:
Dr. Mustafa Al-Amawi
Secretary-General of the Islamic Wasat Party, former Deputy Speaker of the House of parliament
Ablah Abu Ulbah
First Secretary of the Jordanian Democratic People's Party (HASHD)
Mazen Rayal
Secretary-General of the Jordanian Reform and Renewal Party (Hassad)

Discussion

Sunday, October 10th

09.30 - 10.00 Reception and Registration

10.00 - 12.00 Session 4:
Politicization of Elite and Citizens - ways of engagement

Session Topics:
Sources of the Jordanian elite and related changes
The role of youth movements in motivating the performance of the political elite and renewal of the political class via engagement of youth
The role of social media in creating an environment conducive to a renewal of the elite
Possibilities to better engage Jordanians in political action

Moderator:
Dr. Edmund Ratka
Resident Representative Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) - Jordan Office

Speakers:
Oraib Al-Ranawi
Director General of the Al-Quds Center for Political Studies
Wael Al-Khatib
Independent anthropologist and researcher, Amman
Katrina Sammour
Independent analyst and researcher, Amman

Discussion


12.00 - 12.30 Coffee Break


12.30 - 2.30 Session 5:
On the dawn of the second centennial: What socio-economic model for Jordan?

Session Topics:
The appropriate socio-economic model for Jordan in light of the first centennial
The economic crisis and Syrian asylum: The mutual impact

Moderator:
Dr. Reem Al-Baghdadi
President of Jordan Forum For Business & Professional Women

Speakers:
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Halayqa
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Former President of the Economic and Social Council (ESC)
Dr. Khalid Al-Wazani
Economist, Former President of Jordan Investment Commission
Laith Al-Ajlouni
Political economist - NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions
Kareem Al-Sharabi
Researcher - The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute

Discussion

2.30 Lunch