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The economist, Nabil Al-Marsoumi, confirmed that strategic projects contribute to the development of countries, not projects related to paving streets, indicating that some politicians stand in the way of such projects, since politics drives the economy in the country.
Al-Marsoumi said in a press interview seen by “Takadam” that “politics is what drives the economy in the country, and we always see some politicians standing in the way of strategic projects,” noting that “the government’s desire to implement such projects is insufficient, if it is not accompanied by by the national will.
He added, "The Iraqi-Jordanian linkage project, for example, must be considered for its importance after the Turkish Ceyhan line stopped and Iraq's oil exports were disrupted, and this matter has been facing political opposition for several years without considering its economic importance."
On the dry canal project linking Iraq with Europe, the expert confirms that it "gives great importance to the great port of Faw, maximizes Iraq's resources, and adds 4 to 5 billion dollars annually to Iraq's resources, in addition to revitalizing the transport, tourism, travel and industry sectors," noting that "these projects are that develop countries and not projects that relate to paving the streets.”
Al-Marsoumi believes that “the Iraqi market is promising and the purchasing power is very large, and therefore Iraq is the focus of attention of many neighboring countries because of these specifications,” noting that “there is a Saudi proposal to extend a railway line from the Red Sea to Iraq, as well as the railway link between Basra and the side.” Iranian.”
And he added, “The issue should be evaluated economically and not politically, meaning that a railway line between Iraq and Iran is linked to transport goods, as this matter will not affect the port of Faw, since Iran is in the heart of the Silk Road, and therefore this does not affect the port of Faw and the dry channel.” Noting that “China exports commodities and merchandise at around 4 trillion dollars, and it has different ways to deliver its goods to Europe, and one of these ways is through Iraq, and there is no competition between these ways.”
The expert explains that "the port of Faw cannot absorb all of China's trade to Europe, and it absorbs part of it, but in Iraq, economic issues are always evaluated politically."
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