Change and the New Way‎ Forward

By Samar Rassam-Whitticombe, CEO of Somer Industrial Projects (SIP).

This is an extract from an article originally published by Nina Iraq, and is reproduced here with permission.

My focus this issue is two-fold; firstly political stability and secondly the creation of a sustainable, successful private sector to promote a positive business and physical environment. I also believe that to meet the future needs of our country head-on, we must create the right skills and education for our people.

On the 8th September Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi, succeeded in forming a new government. After a delay other key posts have been filled and two new ministers have also been named. The Defence Minister is Khaled al-Obaidi and the new Interior Minister is Mohammed al-Ghabban.This new, more inclusive, cabinet can be seen as a way forward in these uncertain times.

If it is successful it will lead to a unified Iraq, where all ethnic groups, whether Sunni, Shia, Kurds, Turkomans, Yazidis or Christians have a chance at stability.This political stability is the key to unlocking economic development. Without political stability our economies cannot grow, in turn, stronger economies help us achieve greater political stability. I am hoping, along with my fellow Iraqis, that this new chapter will encourage investment and economic progress.

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