An ‘Economic Development Board’ for Iraq, not a ‘Construction Board’! By Dr. Amer Korkis Hirmis*
[‘Majlis al-Tanmiya al-Iqtisadiya’ lil al-‘Iraq, wa laysa ‘Majlis al-I’mār’!]
The ‘Ministerial Programme’ presented to the Iraqi Parliament on October 25, 2018 by the new Prime Minister of Iraq, Mr. Adil Abd al-Mahdi, represents a positive qualitative improvement since 2003. The programme has a number of strengths and provides many opportunities, which, if seized efficiently, based on good governance and rule of law, should achieve higher economic growth (as distinct from economic development), adding new capacity to the Iraqi economy. The programme sets clear graded priorities and targets to individual ministries, to be implemented within specific timescales.
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