Experts warn the government: population growth exceeds economic growth in Iraq
Baghdad / peace Zidane
The ministry estimates the planning of population growth by about one million people a year, including accounting for 2.7% of the total population. Population growth is greater than the economic growth of 2.3% which portends economic crisis threatens the services sector and increase the ratios of poverty and unemployment Albalgtin 30%.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Planning Abdul - Zahra al - Hindawi, said in a statement seen by the (range), " The population growth rate in Iraq is between 800 to one million people a year , " noting that "this percentage to be adopted on the basis of the birth rate and net migration."
Hindawi said that " the annual estimates of the population of Iraq to the end of 2016 was 37 million and 800 thousand people , " adding that " the annual estimates made by the ministry during the limited and numbering process in 2010 showed that the population at that time was 31 million and 600 thousand people."
Commenting on this, the parliamentary Economic Committee, confirmed that the government 's plans do not include a clear vision to cope with population growth.
The MP Najiba Najib, told the (range), " The government does not make plans directly to address population growth, but currently lead the economic reform process and the removal of the previous accumulations Kalrieih and the neglect of the local product , " emphasizing that "population growth needs high health, education and the provision of interest a healthy environment for them, and this can only be achieved through a strong economy. "
She Najiba Najib, that " the Iraqi economy in the last term was missing the correct vision and relies on imports increased by 99.5% , " indicating that " the government is beginning to activate the non - oil revenue , which rose from 5% to 13%."
She a member of the Economic Committee, that " the face of population growth required to reduce unemployment and poverty ratios and increased interest in local products and this needs to be a very big money."
For his part, economist Ali said Sudan Chihod (range), " The population growth leads to a decline in per capita GDP as well as the erosion of the infrastructure of the economy as it affects the quality of life."
He said the Sudanese "If a particular area where there is a population of approximately 500 thousand people, the population, after ten years or less, will surpass the million mark, and this will lead to the erosion of education and health for each individual services" .onoh economist that "individuals will look for the economy a pessimistic outlook which affects the individual who tends to think about saving or immigration , "asserting that" austerity policy , which is currently practiced by the state will reflect negatively on people 's lives as a result of population growth. "
Sudanese stressed " the need to take economic policies to cope with population growth, especially since these individuals will lead the future of the country and when they do not receive a good education and health , their output will be weak , which reflected negatively on the country."
In turn confirms economist Ammar al - Rubaie (range) that "Iraq needs to launch a five - year plan is based scientifically address the imbalances in the economy and facing population growth."
Rubaie added that " the Iraqi economy is suffering from a very large imbalance in the structure, and therefore he can not confront the housing crisis , " adding that " the solution is to approach foreign countries to urge investors to enter Iraq and investment in housing, education and health."
He noted economist that "population growth is the biggest challenge to the process of economic development because it will increase the ratios of unemployment and poverty as a result of the absence of clear strategies to activate the private sector."
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