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Premier pledges package of measures to support IT sector.

Prime Minister Samir Rifai on Tuesday pledged that the government will announce within a week a series of measures aimed at sustaining the information technology sector and boosting its competitiveness.

Rifai explained that the proposed measures would include exempting exported IT products from income tax in addition to exempting the sector''s revenues from the income tax after the year 2015.

The prime minister who spoke during a ceremony held to mark the 10 anniversary of the Information Technology Association of Jordan (int@j), added that the measures would also exempt providers of fixed and wireless broadband packages from paying annual returns.

The IT sector, Rifai said, was an integral part of the state and would be dealt with from a totally different perspective as it plays a key role in the national economy.

The prime minister stressed that there would be a quantum leap in terms on the relationship between the government and the IT domain.

"The government will remain supportive for this vital domain and IT workers will soon feel the positive impacts of the proposed measures", Rifai asserted.

"The state budget is suffering from a bulging deficit, nevertheless the IT sector should not bear the burden of the current economic hardship as it is the most successful domain in Jordan", the prime minister said.

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