Short Term Investment Essential for Long Term Benefit

By John Lee.

Delivering the keynote speech to the Al-Kindi Society for Engineers forum -- The Role of Engineering during Iraq's Crisis -- in London at the weekend, Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne (pictured) emphasised that short term investment in Iraqi infrastructure was essential for the long term benefit of the country.

Baroness Nicholson, who is the UK’s Trade Envoy to Iraq, also chairs the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), and the AMAR International Charitable Foundation.

She said that in Iraq "engineers join doctors at the very pinnacle of the professional tree ... As the world develops at a dizzying pace, we find that we are relying on engineers more and more, and this also applies to those of us working in the global charity field".

Adding her conviction that engineering, science, and technology can solve and have an impact on many social problems, especially in places such as Iraq, she pointed to government plans to spend $5 billion in the coming years on housing, and $70 billion on a national railway project.

"The key point," she said, "is the poorer the country, the more infrastructure matters!"

Baroness Nicholson's full speech can be downloaded here.

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