DOHA, Qatar Protectionism
will damage local steel industries and national economies in
the long run, International Rebar Exporters and Producers
Association (Irepas) chairman Ugur Dalbeler said March 4.
Countries only gain short-term
benefits from regulations designed to protect local trade,
Dalbeler said at the Irepas meeting and SteelOrbis conference
"Protectionism only helps in the
short term. In the long term, putting up walls doesnt
work and will only hurt our industry and economy," he said.
Dalbeler also said he intends to
step down as chairman at the next Irepas event later this
A version of this article was
first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.