Iraq hopes to start new chapter after Kuwait conference — Interview

15 February, 2018, 00:18 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Baghdad is looking to drum up funds at a reconstruction conference in neighbouring Kuwait from Monday to Wednesday after announcing the defeat of Daesh nationwide at the end of a year ago.

Millions of people were displaced, in particular in the Sunni north, as a result of the battles and thousands were killed.

Authorities in the resource-rich nation say there has been a heavy toll on oil, electricity and manufacturing infrastructure, as well as basic services such as water and sanitation.

The Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah called on all friendly countries as well as global organizations to meet in Kuwait and support the efforts in rebuilding Iraq. It must renew its embrace of the rule of law, as well as provide answers to families whose loved ones went missing in the war, said Katharina Ritz, the head of the delegation in Iraq for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"That's why we now resorted to investment", because it is the only way to gather such an amount, Abadi insisted.

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Kuwait will host an worldwide conference on Iraq's reconstruction on February 12-14.

Large parts of Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, are still in ruins, more than six months after it was retaken by the government. He said there were preliminary indications that some states would do so. "It has teamed up with the US Chamber of Commerce to organize a delegation of over 150 American companies to travel to Kuwait" for the conference.

During the summer of 2014, Kuwait contributed $10 million to United Nations humanitarian agencies and IOM in response to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Iraq and donated $3 million to UNHCR in support of the organization's operations in Iraq. In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait after accusing its neighbour of "stealing" Iraqi oil from a field straddling the border.

The US, which leads an worldwide coalition that provided Iraq with key air support in the fight against ISIL, does not plan to pledge any money. Once again, the onus should be on the USA to take the lead.

Both the Journal and Reuters acknowledged that most of the fighting during the ISIS war took place in seven Iraqi provinces. The housing sector has the most urgent need for funds, he added.

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"There is huge destruction and a huge need to mobilise support", said Erfan Ali, Iraq representative of the UN Human Settlements Programme.

"Rebuilding Iraq is restoring hope to Iraq, and restoring the stability of Iraq is stabilizing the states of the region and the world", said al-Jumaili.

The US also occupied Iraq for eight years after its invasion of the country in 2003, which led to the fall of former strongman Saddam Hussein.

Overstretched schools in the south teach children in two or three shifts, the Unicef official said. Damage to the educational sector is assessed at $2.4 billion.

Above all, educating young Iraqis is a chief concern, Hawkins said.

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The rest are structural and infrastructure reforms which will serve to create a safe environment within which third party investors can be guaranteed safeguarding, including security from ISIL-related threats and business guarantees.


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