To the editors of the ‘Iraqi Economists Network’ (IEN)
At the outset, my thanks go to the editors of the IEN and also to the World Bank’s ‘Country Economic Memorandum Team’ (WB-Team) for their interest in my article posted at the IEN website in early March (http://iraqieconomists.net/en/2021/03/08/world-banks-assessment-is-flawed-manufacturing-is-viable-in-iraq-preliminary-brief-comments-by-dr-amer-k-hirmis/). My article provides a critique of the late September 2020 World Bank report entitled ‘Breaking out of fragility: a country economic memorandum for diversification and growth in Iraq’ (henceforth WB- 2020). I am also grateful to WB-Team for making their response (henceforth ‘WB Response’) to my article available to IEN (http://iraqieconomists.net/en/2021/03/23/world-bank-country-economic-memorandum-team-response-to-ien-published-paper-by-dr-hirmis/).
Here, I shall touch on common ground, points of difference, a few research issues and, finally, conclude with a view on both my published article and WB-Team’s response.
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