Iraq outlines Plans to Rebuild Country, Inspire Tolerance

He added, “The second part of the project entails building security institutions in the province, for example, the local police, the intelligence and rapid deterrence forces, by encouraging the citizens to volunteer in security work. They will be involved in training courses and in special institutes to be able to defend the city, paving the way for the exit of the army and the combat forces."

Obviously, there will be some obstacles to the project, conceded Jamila al-Obeidi, a parliamentarian for Ninevah province.

“The biggest challenge facing the strategic plan is funding, especially since the salaries of the province's employees have yet to be disbursed,” Obeidi told Al-Monitor. “Foreign reconstruction companies will enter Iraq right after the exit of IS." She expressed hope that “this investment will contribute to the benefit of the citizens and not be only profitable to some parties.” She warned against “corruption in such projects.”

The solution to the funding problem appears to be through borrowing. The World Bank will be the main option. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met May 24 with World Bank Regional Director Saroj Kumar Jha to discuss reconstruction operations in the liberated areas.

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