Jordan warns price gougers taking advantage of coronavirus crisis

Jordan has imposed price controls to prevent unnecessary profiteering. (AFP)
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Updated 27 April 2020

Jordan warns price gougers taking advantage of coronavirus crisis

DUBAI: The Jordanian government has warned of legal actions against businesses found violating price controls being imposed by the trade ministry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials are continually monitoring market and have noted an increase in prices of some foodstuffs were observed, Tariq Hammouri, the minister of industry, trade and supply, was reported by state news agency Petra as saying.

Price ceilings cover wholesale centers and consumers’ outlets, Hammouri said, as he called on everybody to abide by the procedures set by the ministry.


Syria’s Bashar Assad cuts tax for low-income workers

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Syria’s Bashar Assad cuts tax for low-income workers

  • It also amends other tax tranches to ‘reduce the tax burden on those with limited income’

BEIRUT: Syria’s President Bashar Assad moved on Wednesday to exempt more low-wage earners from income tax, his office said, as the economy buckles under the weight of US sanctions and nearly a decade of war.
The legislative decree, the first such amendment in years, widens the tranche of low-income workers exempt from tax to cover those earning $40 (50,000 Syrian pounds) or less per month, up from $12 (15,000 Syrian pounds). It also amends other tax tranches to “reduce the tax burden on those with limited income,” the presidency said.
Syrians have suffered from steep price hikes in recent months as the collapse of the currency drives up inflation and piles on hardship. The economy has been hit also by a financial crisis in neighboring Lebanon that has choked off a key source of dollars.
In a separate decision, the presidency also said Assad was giving a one-time grant of $40 (50,000 Syrian pounds) to all employees in state institutions including in the army. Retired public workers would get $32 (40,000 pounds).