US pact opens up Jordan to e-commerce on the Net

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The US and Jordan have agreed to remove trade barriers in an agreement which will protect intellectual property and encourage cross-border commerce on the Internet.

The historic agreement, recently signed by President Clinton and King Abdullah II, is the first such treaty the US has made with an Arab country.

Welcoming the pact, John Chambers, president of Cisco Systems, said: “The Internet already is bringing the peoples of the world closer together, enabling them to freely exchange ideas as well as products. The agreement ensures that the countries will receive the full benefit of this technological revolution.”

Cisco has invested $1 million in a private business that is developing new technology companies in Jordan. Cisco’s Networking Academies program, which teaches how to build and maintain Internet networking systems, has an expanding presence in Jordan.

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