By John Lee.
Iraq signed a $14-million deal with a U.S. consortium on Tuesday to modernise the Maqal Port on Shatt al-Arab waterway.
The consortium, led by North America Western Asia Holdings (NAWAH), will invest in a new heavy-lift crane as well as container handling capabilities, and will build a modern container yard in one of the 14 berths at the 93-year-old port.
NAWAH is headed up by former Pentagon official Paul Brinkley (pictured), who was Director of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) in Iraq, responsible for economic revitalisation and stabilisation efforts in the country.
(Sources: Washington Post, US Dept of Defense)