Shame wallah !! i don't find that reasonable, must be for political reasons
yeah i guess having modern railway links can be a major boost to the economy^^ i've read that a couple of days ago was about to post it in the railways thread.
Do you agree with their logic? I'm not sure if it's exactly right.. even if Iraq does link up.. they can still control the flow of trains, and can make alot of money from fees as well..
also, this will not affect revenue earned from oil tankers at iraqi ports, so even if ALL standard cargo comes in by train (which isn't likely in anyway), the ports will still make plenty of money from oil tankers !
Not to mention that protection can be given to Iraqi ports through strict tariffs and customs on imports... just my two cents.I can see the point he makes, and I do agree with him to an extent. However his reasoning is short termist in my opinion, since railway traffic can be two ways... and having a rail link to the gulf would open up a new markets for Iraq's bulk goods like cement, phosphates etc...
yeah and after years of sanctions you would think they would jump at any opportunity to be re-connected again...I can see the point he makes, and I do agree with him to an extent. However his reasoning is short termist in my opinion, since railway traffic can be two ways... and having a rail link to the gulf would open up a new markets for Iraq's bulk goods like cement, phosphates etc...
you mean much of the EU part of europe.Just some info: much of Europe's overseas trade goes through the port of Rotterdam. This shows the difference in mentality between Europe and the Middle East
Mersin International Port in Turkey for example has a free trade zone where goods can be unloaded and then sent off to third countries tax free, I am sure that the one in the UAE (forgot its name) has a similar system.you mean much of the EU part of europe.
The EU is a "single market" with (most) of the mainland on the one currency as well as "equally shared" subsidies for their farmers and industries.
Therefore for all intents and purposes they are economically tied together.
Therefore the above is not an analogy to the situation Iraq is in, where the neighbours are subsidising their industries and ports to the detriment of Iraq's economic development. So Iraq putting up protection measures are normal (in the same way that europeans protect their farmers from non EU produce)... so the mentality is pretty similar actually.
I'm sure the train line would be for goods coming into Iraq, not for the oil, there are already pipelines for that.But what about oil? Is it feasible to send it by trains to some other countries than just unload it from pipelines through Basra?>