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The Jordan Cooperative Corporation (JCC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) held a workshop to discuss amendments to Jordan’s national legislation regulating the cooperative movement. Representatives from key ministries and social partners’ organizations and a broad spectrum of key local and international stakeholder institutions joined the two-day technical workshop on January 27 and 28 at the Dead Sea in Jordan.

The key recommendations from the discussion include the improvement of regulatory, developmental and representational functions of cooperatives in the country. These build upon the national strategy for the cooperative movement that was launched in 2021, and developed with support from the ILO, which seeks to strengthen the role of cooperatives in enhancing decent work and productivity in different economic sectors in Jordan. The proposed modifications to the country’s cooperative law are meant to eventually lead to revised legislation, paving the way for an autonomous, inclusive and self-reliant cooperative movement in Jordan.


The workshop was held under the aegis of the PROSPECTS Programme, a global partnership supported by the Government of the Netherlands on improving the prospects for forcibly displaced persons and host communities. In Jordan, the ILO’s work on cooperatives focuses on supporting the movement’s policy development and legislative reforms, strengthening the JCC, building the cooperatives’ institutional capacities and improving their overall management.


ILO PROSPECTS Regional Chief Technical Adviser, Shaza Al Jondi said, “We are delighted to be continuing the discussion concerning the laws regulating the cooperative movement in Jordan with the ministries, the JCC and our partners in the country and across the region. Through the proposed amendments, we hope to further advance livelihood opportunities for Jordanians, refugees, and migrant women and men.”


Abdel Fattah Al-Shalabi, Chairman of the JCC, said, “the modernization of the cooperative work will reflect on general growth indicators as well as on the country’s families. The effects of the development of the cooperative movement will be especially felt in rural areas across all Jordan’s governorates, creating direct and indirect job opportunities.”

Read the full news by the ILO here.