Kurds to drive own cars

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

An au­to­mo­tive com­pany is work­ing on a project for es­tab­lish­ing an au­to­mo­bile fac­tory in Sulaimaniya.

The com­pany, called Mario Au­to­mo­tive Com­pany, is plan­ning to start with as­sem­bling im­ported parts to pro­duce cars. This will be done in co­op­er­a­tion with a num­ber of Chi­nese com­pa­nies.

The plant is to be built on 22.5 hectares of land in the Sulaimaniya In­dus­trial area, some 27 kilo­me­ters west of the city.

Salah Hus­sein Ha­makhan, in­dus­trial ar­eas’ di­rec­tor at the Suleimaniya Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of In­vest­ment, says Mario Com­pany has ac­quired an in­vest­ment li­cense.

“As per the ap­pli­ca­tion doc­u­ments, the in­vestor is plan­ning to as­sem­ble cars us­ing im­ported parts at the first phase and then try to make parts do­mes­ti­cally and then as­sem­ble them,” said Ha­makhan.

This ef­fort is an im­por- tant step in de­vel­op­ing the Re­gion’s poor in­dus­trial sec­tor.

Ex­perts ar­gue this lack of domestic pro­duc­tion and de­pen­dency on im­ports makes the econ­omy vul­ner­a­ble and frag­ile.

An au­to­mo­bile as­sem­ply line.

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