PROJECTS: Iraq to resume work on stalled social infrastructure projects - official

Planning ministry targets stalled healthcare, education and housing projects

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker walks past the Bismayah residential project in Baghdad, February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker walks past the Bismayah residential project in Baghdad, February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

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Iraq is planning to restart work this year on stalled social infrastructure projects in healthcare, education and housing sectors, a planning ministry spokesperson told Zawya Projects  

Abdulzahra Al-Hindawi said these projects form part of the more than 2,000 stalled projects in the country. 

Commenting on housing, he said Iraq is working on an integrated programme to develop the slum areas, which houses 12 percent of the country’s urban population. 

He said the ministry has been successful in resuming construction work in 32 of the more than 50 stalled hospital projects in the country. 

Al-Hindawi said the planning ministry is also working to restart a massive school building programme called the No 1 Project launched by the Ministry of Education in 2008 and listed as a stalled project in 2012.   

The project involved the construction of 1,700 schools using prefab technology, but the completion rate after five years was a meter didn’t exceed 15 percent, according to a December 2018 report by Iraqi news website Al-Alam. 

The planning ministry spokesperson said the Iraqi government has allocated 4 trillion Iraqi dinars to provinces to advance ongoing projects and resume stalled ones. 

(Reporting by Majda Muhsen; Editing by Anoop Menon) 

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com

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