Signing the Agreement of Economic Reform Act in Iraq, Another name for a Plan of Privatization . Print
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 00:18


Falah Alwan


A conference for the Economic Reform was held in Baghdad between 24th to 26th of May, by the World Bank and ILO with the cooperation of the Iraqi parliament.


During three days, the organizers of the congress discussed many essential issues regarding the draft of the new labour code, the transfer from the planned\controlled economy to the free market economy, the restructuring the state enterprises to become private sector. In other words, the discussions aimed towards full privatization covered up under moderate expressions.

There was determination of strengthening the private sector, or rather to enable it to possess the public sector for free.

In general; the three main issues of the conference were:

  1. The labour law; which defended and represented everything other than the workers' interests.
  2. Liquidating the public sector, while the so-called private sector is waiting to prey on it.
  3. The empowerment of a non-existing private sector, whose representatives were demanding frankly for capital, loans, land and projects from the state.

The representative of the UN General Secretary, Ed Milkert had attended the conference, announcing his support to the new economic reforms, and to have Iraq join the WTO.

The president of the Iraqi Parliament Usama Alnujaifi, whom the conference was under his sponsorship, gave his speech to support the reform and develop trade, export and transport, with supportive attitude to the reform.

During three days of the congress, the discussions between the facilitators and the attendants from the workers' side were similar to conflicts more than discussions. The representative of the government continued to ideologically attack the planned economy, and had openly ruled out, or rather attacked socialism, which pressed one of FWCUI representatives to ask him for an apology to all the socialists in the hall.

At the 3rd day, the organizers arranged circles to discuss the recommended draft. Each group had discussed the draft: the representatives of workers, government, the private sector and the world organizations. Then they nominated their representatives to ratify the draft according to what every party wanted in a session. The session was composed of two nominees from every group. The workers' organizations had nominated Adnan Alsaffar and Falah Alwan.

After a round of serious discussion, the draft was ready to be signed. It was signed by two representatives of the private sector, two from the government, two from the world organizations, and only one from the workers' organizations, after refusing and withdrawal of Falah Alwan from FWCUI. The second representative of the workers had signed, with reservation on two items.

Falah Alwan- Federation of Workers' Councils and Unions in Iraq FWCUI, President



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