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Iraq: Industrial Sector Faces Tough Times

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By Reuters

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BAGHDAD, IRAQ (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF INDUSTRIAL NEIGHBOURHOOD IN UBAIDY CITY, OUTSKIRTS OF BAGHDAD EXTERIOR OF PAINT FACTORY VARIOUS OF CANS OF PAINT PILED UP IN FACTORY VARIOUS OF MACHINE USED TO MIX PAINT FACTORY OWNER, NASSIR BASSIM, ARRANGING PAINT CANS PAINT CANS STACKED UP (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) NASSIR BASSIM, PAINT FACTORY OWNER, SAYING: "Before, the factories were better than now. There has been a decrease in production over the past few years. We used to get (government) import licences and so the goods (raw materials) arrived here easily, but now it is very difficult to get such goods." RUSTY OLD MACHINES IN FACTORY FOR MANUFACTURING NAILS VARIOUS OF MACHINES COVERED IN COBWEBS VARIOUS OF FACTORY WORKER, MURTATHA ABBAS, CHECKING MACHINE MACHINE COVERED IN COBWEBS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FACTORY WORKER, MURTATHA ABBAS, SAYING: "Our machines are very old and there are modern machines now. Imported goods are cheaper than the goods that we produce, but the quality is poor but people prefer cheaply produced goods despite the fact that our products are better. People have got used to cheap goods." VARIOUS OF IRAQI UNION OF INDUSTRIES BUILDING VARIOUS OF BASSIM ENTWAN, MEMBER OF IRAQI UNION OF INDUSTRIES WORKING AT HIS DESK (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BASSIM ENTWAN, MEMBER OF IRAQI UNION OF INDUSTRIES, SAYING "The lack of an integrated infrastructure coupled with the vacuum in the Iraqi market, the influx of goods from different countries - east Asian states and neighbouring states - which compete with local industrial projects, in particular the projects of the private industrial sector. About 80-85 percent of projects have stopped because a lot of industrial experts have quit - they have switched to other professions. In addition, there has been a flight of capital and industrial expertise to neighbouring countries."

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