Friday, May 11, 2012

Vendors And Small Businesses In Baghdad

Although the Iraqi economy is dominated by the government, which runs the oil industry, small businesses have always existed, and are currently thriving in Iraq. The problem is that they are a very tiny proportion of the overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Their growth cannot currently address the country's employment and development problems, yet there appear to be more of them, which helps local economies. Below are pictures of various vendors and firms seen throughout Baghdad in February, March, and April 2012.
A coppersmith working at his shop in the Safafir Market, Apr. 4, 2012 (Getty Images)
Men selling birds at the Ghazal pet market, Apr. 6, 2012 (Reuters)
A pots and pans vendor in the Safafir Market, Apr. 4, 2012 (Getty Images)
A jeweler in downtown Baghdad, Mar. 14, 2012 (AP)
An electrician working on a reel-to-reel tape machine, and other radio and stereo equipment at his shop in Midan Square, Mar. 11, 2012 (Getty Images)
The same man's shop in Midan Square (Getty Images)
A restaurant in Baghdad Feb. 19, 2012 (Retuers)
Green peppers for sale at a produce vendor, Baghdad, Feb. 20, 2012 (Getty Images)
A view of the fruit available at the same vendor (Getty Images)
A small shop producing hand made baskets to be sold at markets, Feb. 20, 2012 (Reuters)
Another image of the same shop (Reuters)
A clothing shop within a market in central Baghdad, Mar. 1, 2012 (Getty Images)

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