Posted on 25 March 2014.
By John Lee.
Baghdad governor Ali al-Tamimi has announced the completion of a plan for 1500 new housing units in the Baghdad governorate.
The moves comes as the Iraqi government recently announced it would be falling short of its target of 2.5 million new housing units to meet demand.
Housing and Construction minister Mohammed al-Darraji (pictured) has said the government plans to spend $5bn on housing in the coming years.
At a recent Dubai summit, the Ministry of Housing and Construction called on UAE investors to help alleviate the situation promising excellent return on investment, due to high demand.
Governor al-Tamimi was optimistic about the recent development:
“Baghdad Governorate expressed its interest in the housing field and seeks to reduce the housing crisis through establishing the housing complexes within the plans of 2014 and the upcoming years.The Governorate coordinates with the Ministry of Housing and Construction in order to contribute in implementing the housing projects and reduce the housing crisis.”
Posted in Construction & Engineering
Posted on 20 March 2014.
A delegation from the UK Export Finance Department visited the Kurdistan Department of Foreign Relations to discuss opportunities for building further relations with Kurdistan in various fields of infrastructure and investment.
The UK delegation was led by Steve Dodgson, the Business Group Director of UK Export Finance and included the British Consul General, Hugh Evans and a team of UK Export Finance which included Mr. Paul Radford, Mr. Max Griffen, and Mr. Tahir Ahmed. The Assistant Head of the DFR, Siham Jabali and other senior DFR officials also attended the meeting.
Mr. Dodgson expressed UK Export Finance’s willingness to start their activities in the Kurdistan Region and stated that Kurdistan will be a new market for them. He added that this visit is a fact finding mission which should provide them with a better understanding of Kurdistan and the way it operates.
The Head of the DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa, highlighted the importance of foreign investment and in ensuring the continued development of Kurdistan. He reiterated that the United Kingdom was Kurdistan’s partner of choice and hoped that UK Export Finance Department would find suitable opportunities here in Kurdistan.
Speaking about the KRG’s shift towards seeking quality over quantity, Minister Mustafa said, ‘We want to provide our people with the best services and UK Export Finance can play a significant role in assuring that companies succeed in their mission in Kurdistan.’
Posted in Banking & Finance, Industry & Trade
Posted on 15 March 2014.
Posted on 21 February 2014.
By Leanne Case.
Solidere Beirut: A Good Practice Example of Urban Development for Other Post Conflict Cities to Follow?
So many towns and cities have failed to achieve comprehensive regeneration in the aftermath of war.
This paper, an abridged version of my MSc dissertation, explores the private sector led renewal model used in Beirut, commonly known as Solidere — a project which has been successful where so many others have failed.
The approach used was unique and very controversial. This paper looks in particular at how the groundbreaking approach to land acquisition, impacted the development and the outcomes of this ambitious development programme.
This model is set to become Lebanon’s biggest export. Any urban practitioner involved in post conflict development should be asking whether this is a cause for celebration or concern.
Please click here to download the abridged dissertation.
(Picture: Saifi Square, Beirut – Solidere)
Posted in Blog, Construction & Engineering, Industry & Trade, Politics
Posted on 19 February 2014.
By John Lee.
As part of an effort to continue to develop and expand oil production in Northern Iraq, the Minister for Oil Abdul Kareem Luaibi [Elaibi] (pictured) has announced that the ministry is accelerating development at the Hamrin (Himreen) field.
This is despite an increased security risk in the area around the field’s infrastructure, according to Iraq Oil Report.
Development of the unused wells in the Hamrin mountains began in June 2011, and prior to then the wells had not seen any production since the early 1990s.
The Hamrin mountains are directly north of Tikrit and approximately 20 miles from Baiji, an area of historically high insurgent activity.
(Source: Iraq Oil Report)
Posted in Oil & Gas
Posted on 13 February 2014.
US Embassy officers have participated in the Commerical Law Development Program’s (CLDP) Vis Moot Court program at the Al-Rasheed Hotel.
On the margins of the moot court training, Embassy officers offered guidance and encouragement to law students as they prepare for upcoming competitions in Qatar and the final rounds in Vienna, Austria.
The Embassy’s EducationUSA Advisor and a consular officer also informed the law students about educational opportunities under the LLM and JD programs and U.S. visa application procedures.
(Source: Embassy of the United States)
Posted in 'Your Country' - United States, Industry & Trade
Posted on 22 January 2014.
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and his accompanying delegation met European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, on January 20, 2014, at the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels.
The two sides reviewed the development programs in Iraq, particularly the assistance provided by the EU in this area and the national development plan for the years 2013 – 2017, especially the fields of education, reform of services sector and provide sustainable energy.
Foreign Minister praised the role played by the EU supportive to Iraq and the assistance it provides for the development plans.
Posted in Industry & Trade, Security
Posted on 14 December 2013.
By John Lee.
A Malaysian firm has won a 71-billion Iraqi dinar ($61-million) contract to develop the southern area of Kut in Wasit [Wassit] province, according to a report from Al-Shorfa.
Wasit governor Mahmoud Talal said:
“The contract includes developing and rehabilitating the southern neighbourhoods of town by developing and paving streets and implementing water, sanitation and electricity networks.“
The contract also includes developing various public service buildings, rehabilitating gardens and hotels in the area, and building market
The project is expected to be completed within three years.
(Flag image via Shutterstock)
Posted in Construction & Engineering