Jordan Singapore Free Trade Agreement

The Singapore-Jordan ILO entered into force in August 2005. ILO aims to promote greater investment flows between Singapore and Jordan by protecting the interests of Singaporean and Jordanian investors. Singaporean investors enjoy protection such as non-discriminatory treatment compared to other foreign investments, protection against illegal seizures of property, and freedom to transfer capital and returns within and outside the country. Read more The United States has continued to work with Jordan in the area of labor 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. At the last meeting of the Joint Committee, in May 2016, the United States and Jordan discussed labour, agriculture, in particular current technical barriers to agricultural trade, the adoption of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, and accession to the WTO Agreement on Government 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 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 to ensure that stakeholders understand their legal rights to participate in trade unions and benefit from jobs without discrimination or harassment. . . .