First Govt Brick Factory Opens

The first governmental-owned brick factory in Iraqi Kurdistan started operations in Erbil on Tuesday, according to AKnews.

The factory which can produce 8,000 cement building blocks daily was opened in a ceremony where Samir Abdullah, Minister for Municipality and Tourism said the ministry hopes to raise the daily output capacity to 20,000.

Abdullah told the reporters the plant was constructed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and is now run under the supervision of the Water and Sewage Directorate.

The factory will provide materials for governmental projects and will also sell to companies and individuals at a below market price.

Currently each brik is sold at 1,250 Iraqi Dinar (nearly $1.2) but the governmental plant will sell for 1,100 IQD.

(Source: AKnews)

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