Minister for Construction: “We Need International Companies”

Iraq’s Minister for Housing and Construction, Mohammed Sahib al-Darraji, spoke to Gavin Jones for Iraq Business News:

The Ministry of Housing and Construction is responsible for building over 2 million houses between now and 2015, as well as several thousand kilometres of highway and several dozen schools, hospitals and various other infrastructure projects; it’s a massive task and as the Minister of Construction told me yesterday “we cannot do this by ourselves – we need international companies to get involved”.

One example of this is Danish engineering consultancy COWI, which is about to sign a contract to design and build a 500 km highway from Baghdad to the Turkish border, connecting Basra to Baghdad to Turkey, and making one of the first significant steps in reconnecting the Silk Road.

Consulting firm Mackenzie & Mackenzie was appointed last year and has started a Public Private Partnership. One of the first steps will be a privatisation programme for the state-owned assets of the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Construction, with the Ministry of Construction determined to be in the lead for setting up international joint-ventures with the 9 state-owned companies they have – the first one scheduled to be sold this year.

4 Responses to Minister for Construction: “We Need International Companies”

  1. Adam April 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Cant find any Consulting firm by the name Mackenzie & Mackenzie. Do you mean McKinsey & Company?

  2. ibraheem April 14, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    why you don’t think in local companies. they can built the world not only iraq. stop bleeding of the iraqi fortune.
    don’t import more thieves, please

  3. massimo April 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Th firm is Baker&% Mc Kenzie and it’s a legal consulting firm

  4. Editor April 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Thanks Massimo