Skills for Trade & Economic Diversification (STED) Pharmaceutical Sector

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 (MENA) 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.