Iraq’s Energy and Development Outlook: The Need for Coping Strategies

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
The prospects of energy and development in Iraq could witness and face serious changing circumstances, thus different policy options have to be in place to face different situations and possible scenarios.
The Iraqi decision makers need to be more pro-active than reactive and create the necessary institutional and human capacities to manage the country’s depleting hydrocarbon resources for its sustainable development.
The purpose of this brief intervention is to analytically identify possible situations that Iraq could face, suggest conceptual situation-strategy framework to address these possible situations, and call to utilize international cooperation for these purposes.
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Mr Jiyad is an independent development consultant, scholar and Associate with Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES), London. He was formerly a senior economist with the Iraq National Oil Company and Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, Chief Expert for the Council of Ministers, Director at the Ministry of Trade, and International Specialist with UN organizations in Uganda, Sudan and Jordan. He is now based in Norway (Email: mou-jiya@online.no).