Azzaman reports that Baghdad's governor, Salah Abdulrazzaq, has earmarked nearly $1 billion this year to redevelop the city.
40 percent of this budget will go to cover projects started in the past two years that were not completed. The governor said many projects were not finished because the Iraqi contractors working on them failed to deliver.
He added that foreign contractors would be asked to take an active part in the implementation of these projects.
Up to $200 million will be spent on housing, while work will begin on four new hospitals. He also said the province would invest heavily in revamping Baghdad’s sewage system and upgrading its drinking water plants.