Iraq Expects $30bn Investment in 2011

Iraq expects private investment in its economy to triple to $30 billion [36 trillion Iraqi dinars] this year, as energy, agriculture and housing projects accelerate now that the country has formed a new government, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Investment exceeded $10 billion last year, Salar Mohammed Ameen, vice chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC), told Reuters on the sidelines of an energy conference in Istanbul.

Some $4 billion of investment will be in Iraq's electricity sector, Ameen said.

(Source: Reuters)

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