Skills for Trade & Economic Diversification (STED): Pharmaceutical Sector in Jordan

The report sheds light on the situation of the Jordanian pharmaceutical sector from a skills and labour market perspective. It reflects on Jordan’s exports within the region and to other international markets, examining the challenges that affect the sector in improving its competitive position, especially in comparison with competitors in regional markets from within the region and from Europe and Asia.

This report presents an application of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) methodology to the pharmaceutical sector of Jordan’s economy. STED is a sector-based approach to identifying and anticipating the strategic skills needs of internationally tradable sectors.

The pharmaceutical sector is one of Jordan’s leading high value added export sectors. It has grown rapidly since 2000, principally through serving markets in the Middle East and North Africa region, including its own domestic market. It was selected for the application of the STED methodology in support of the objectives of Jordan’s National Employment Strategy, which emphasises the development of high skill exporting sectors, and of skills development as a means towards competitiveness.

It reports on the findings of a forward-looking study of the sector’s skills needs based on the International Labour Organization’s Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) methodology. The methodology combines sector level technical research and consultation with the social partners and other stakeholders to develop a shared analysis of the trade and skills challenges facing the sector, and proposals as to what should be done on skills to meet these challenges and secure a positive future for the sector.