The presence and absence of the economic vision
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In an interview characterized by frankness and transparency by the Prime Minister with a group of satellite channels, he revealed the cover of what was hidden and hidden that was covering the administrative chaos and the absence of vision and strategy that achieves correct and sound construction.
Outside of what was usual and common with previous governments in terms of justifications for the mistakes and stumbling that befell government programs in their most important aspect, which is the economic, and the inability to implement them. I mean justifications, Al-Sudani pointed out, with a correct vision, the shortcomings in dealing with the economic file.
For the second time, I describe this man’s tendencies with the phrase “out of the ordinary” in a previous article of mine in an Iraqi newspaper, where I pointed out that it is unusual and common for heads of government to rely on identifying challenges and difficulties by shuttle visits to departments without relying on reports submitted to him through other channels such as his office. Or his advisors, but direct access is required.
This testimony that I am giving is for journalistic integrity and ethical responsibility only through a phenomenon that I witnessed through my experiences and follow-up of economic affairs and its management by governments through their economic programs.
In his speech, Al-Sudani identified the foundations of the economic construction strategy in dealing with this most important file in the world and its economic policies. He summarized a realistic vision of the required solutions. His focus on two basic points caught my attention. The first is adopting global consultations with precise specialization, and the second is adopting efficient management of giant projects in the context of his talk about managing my project. FAO and the development path to be implemented with an accurate and correct vision by preparing the infrastructure and removing potential obstacles that may hinder implementation.
Here, the importance of the presence, success, relevance and clarity of the vision is highlighted, which was deepened by pointing out the importance of the partnership between the state and the private sector in its broad sense and abandoning the centrality of the principle of relying on state capital for economic development, in contrast to the absence of the vision in the past.
I listened carefully to the recipient, as was my custom when I attended conferences and press meetings during my morning service and managed its economic page for the entire conversation with the elite channels. I wrote down my notes and became convinced of the necessity of intervention and clarification.
When His Excellency the President spoke about the economic feasibility of the development road (Iraq - Europe) and compared it with the Silk Road (China - Europe) and the international corridor (Bharat, India - Europe), he hit the mark when he explained that the development road is the lowest cost, the shortest, and the most important path, and here the mind went to A question arises: Is the bet limited to the lowest costs and the shortest paths, apart from measuring the time difference in the speed and accuracy of implementation in the competition process?
In my opinion, the state should pay attention to the importance of the time factor first, because the path that will take over international trade is the one that begins first and depends on the capabilities of preparing the requirements, strength and durability of the economies of the participating countries second. The foreseeable future is of great importance, as the transportation arrangements that will become accustomed to a specific route will sweep away the gains until the competing project matures. These matters, in my opinion, must be taken into consideration in order for the project to be consistent with the government’s strategic vision, which is what he emphasized in his analysis of the importance of the project, that it will not be limited to transit, but rather to create industrial development cities along the road. The President did well when he pointed out that this project represents a national interest. It cannot be disputed because it will create a new Iraq with a diversified economy. Will it guarantee full support for the clarity of its strategic vision, or will it face challenges and obstacles that lead to the absence of a strategic vision for building a solid economy?
More importantly, if circumstances lead to a change in the government, will a new government come in capable of completing the mission and the project with this sound vision, or will all efforts be undermined as usual? This is what we will be monitoring for the foreseeable future.
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