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UNICEF, EU Fund Water Conservation Project

UNICEF, EU Fund Water Conservation Project

The UNICEF Water and Sanitation (WASH) programme, with financial support from the European Union (EU) has started the implementation of a public awareness project to promote efficient water use and improved hygiene practices in Iraq.

The project will engage 10 million Iraqis with messages on effective water conservation, water handling at the household level and hygiene practices. The project will aim change household level their behaviours and help the Government of Iraq’s efforts to institutionalize public awareness activities within existing ministries at national, regional and governorate levels.

So far, two workshops had been conducted, one in Erbil with the participation of the stakeholders in KRG governorates where a sub-national taskforce was formulated to operationalize the plans and another one in Najaf with the participation of senior staff from line ministries (General Secretariat for the Council of Ministries, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Municipality and Public Works, Ministry of Education, Mayoralty of Baghdad, and Ministry of Planning), in addition to local NGOs, media, institutions and social media experts.

The UNICEF WASH programme EU-funded project has four main pillars:

  • Gaining in sight on current practices by conducting a survey on social and behavioural practices on water usage and environmental aspects across Iraq to guide intervention messages and strategies.
  • Forming a higher ministerial committee and branch committees to operationalize and monitor the project across all of Iraq.
  • Agreeing on the objectives and messages to raise the awareness on water conservation and change behaviour.
  • Conducting a post campaign survey on water usage and environmental aspects to evaluate the impact of the project and the level of behaviour change.

“The importance of this project at this stage lies in the advocacy with the government counterparts, showing the importance of the conservation of water resources in anticipation of expected shortages in the near future as a result of climate change in the region and the extension of desertification to several agricultural lands,” said Dr. Ali Al-Khateeb, the acting chief of WASH. “It is also important to stop tampering with the water environment and prohibit disposing of waste and pollutants in water sources.”

(Source: UNICEF)

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Turkey Sends Power-Generation Ship to Basra

Turkey Sends Power-Generation Ship to Basra

By John Lee.

Turkey is to send a power-generation ship to Basra to help alleviate its electricity shortages.

The announcement was made by Turkish Energy Minister, Taner Yildiz, on Sunday during the 17th Turkey-Iraq Joint Economic Commission meeting in Baghdad.

According to Worldbulletin, the ship will add 410 megawatts to the existing capacity of 250 MW in the city.

Turkey-based Karadeniz Holding is a major player in the power ship market.

(Source: Worldbulletin)

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$3bn Power Plant for Bismaya

$3bn Power Plant for Bismaya

By John Lee.

Reuters reports that Mass Global will partly finance a $3-billion power plant in Bismaya.

The gas-fired, 3,000-megawatt plant is being built by Turkey’s Enka Insaat, whose chairman Sinan Tara said it would be financed partly from Mass Global’s equity and partly from Iraqi lenders.

The project will be built in two phases of 1,500 MW each.

The companies have already worked together on power plants in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

(Source: Reuters)

(Picture: new housing project at Bismaya).

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Iraq Faces Budget Cuts

Iraq Faces Budget Cuts

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Sana al-Khafaji, an employee in Iraq’s Ministry of Construction and Housing, was surprised by the $100 deduction from her monthly salary paid by the Iraqi government, following news about an expected government austerity plan to be adopted by Haider al-Abadi’s government to reduce the waste of public funds and compensate for the substantial expenditures of the previous government.

The state of austerity that Iraq is about to face is also caused by a drop in crude oil prices and the multifront war against the Islamic State (IS) in several provinces north and west of Baghdad.

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Khafaji predicted an [even] higher salary deduction. “This is what we hear every day,” she said, but the deduction from her salary was made on the amount received as a bonus and not from her fixed basic income.

Rumors are being spread across Iraq that the continuation of the war on IS will surely lead to a salary deduction of government officials who make up around 4 million public employees. This will also result in a hiring freeze of new employees.

However, the economic adviser to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Mazhar Mohammed Saleh, denied any knowledge of salary cuts of civil servants in the ministries.

Saleh told Al-Monitor, “The implementation of an austerity plan will not be easy to interpret and we cannot foretell the situation in a short period.”

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Freedom Square offers Refuge for Basra Residents

Freedom Square offers Refuge for Basra Residents

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

No one in the southern Iraqi province Basra believed that families would flock to Hurriyah (Freedom) Square to see and sit by the new monument after it was greatly ridiculed in newspapers and on social networking sites for its appearance — some described it as a large eggplant surrounded by horses.

People from out of town changed their opinions about the monument once they arrived in Basra and heard the residents’ stories about it.

The plan to build a “Freedom Monument” in Basra was announced together with plans for other statues in Iraq, which were also criticized.

Basra is the second-largest city in Iraq and the only Iraqi city with harbors overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The West Qurna oil field, which produces 360,000 barrels of oil per day, is located in the city. But Basra suffers from unemployment and lack of social services.

Life in Basra has become harder on the residents since militias have emerged in the city. Hurriyah Square, which has so far not been the scene of any fighting, has become a safe haven for young people who object to Sharia rule imposed by Islamic parties that are in control of various parts of the city.

On Sept. 11, the day of the square’s inauguration, Basra Gov. Majid al-Nasrawi, said, “[This is] one of the successful projects in Basra … and [the square is] a breather for its residents.”

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Iranian-Built Power Plant Opens

Iranian-Built Power Plant Opens

By John Lee.

Iraq has inaugurated a 162-MW power station designed and built by Iran’s MAPNA Group in the Heidarieh district, some 25 km north of Najaf.

Iran’s PressTV reports that the opening ceremony on Thursday was attended by the Iranian and Iraqi energy ministers.

According to the report, Iran’s Energy Minister, Hamid Chitchian, said his country is prepared to promote “all-out relations” with Iraq, especially in the electricity sector.

Iran’s annual electricity exports to Iraq are valued at one billion dollars, with Baghdad importing 1,300 MW of electricity from Iran.

(Source: PressTV)

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French to Help Develop Electricity Sector

French to Help Develop Electricity Sector

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Minister of Electricity, Qasim Mohammad Abid Hammadi al-Fahadawi [Qassim al-Fahdawi] held a meeting with the French Ambassador to Iraq, Marc Barety, on Sunday.

The Ambassador congratulated the Minister on his new role, and assured the Minister of the full support of the French government and private sector companies in the development of Iraq’s electricity infrastructure.

(Source: Ministry of Electricity)

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Iran Water, Electricity Projects Worth over $1.3bn

Iran Water, Electricity Projects Worth over $1.3bn

By John Lee.

Iranian companies are reported to be implementing water and electricity projects in Iraq worth over $1.3 billion (1.5 trillion Iraqi dinars).

According to an article from Trend, an Iranian Energy Ministry official said Iranian companies were currently working on 31 projects in Iraq in these sectors, and added that he expects more Iranian companies to invest in water and electricity projects in Iraq in the future.

The Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Danayeefar [Hassan Danae Fer] (pictured), is reported to have said in April that Iran exports 80 percent of its technical and engineering services to Iraq, and that the Iraqi market could absorb $500 billion worth of investment in that sector.

(Source: Trend)

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