PROJECTS: Iraq's Baghdad Metro headed for parliamentary approval

'All procedures completed' - Baghdad governorate statement

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A general view shows a complete section of the Metro-line under construction in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa February 7, 2015. Chinese workers mingle with Ethiopians putting the finishing touches to a city metro line that cuts through Addis Ababa, one of a series of grand state infrastructure projects that Ethiopia hopes will help it mimic Asia's industrial rise. To match Insight ETHIOPIA-ECONOMY/. Picture taken February 7, 2015. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Image used for illustrative purpose. A general view shows a complete section of the Metro-line under construction in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa February 7, 2015. Chinese workers mingle with Ethiopians putting the finishing touches to a city metro line that cuts through Addis Ababa, one of a series of grand state infrastructure projects that Ethiopia hopes will help it mimic Asia's industrial rise. To match Insight ETHIOPIA-ECONOMY/. Picture taken February 7, 2015. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

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Iraq has cleared all obstacles for the much-delayed Baghdad Metro [also called Baghdad Elevated Train] project, and it has been forwarded to the competent authorities for final approval, the official Alsabah newspaper said on Wednesday. 

The project is now “in the hands of” the Planning, Finance and Transport Ministries which will shortly present it to Parliament for endorsement, Baghdad’s Governorate said in a statement carried by the paper. 

“We have completed all procedures related to the metro project and have just forwarded it to the competent authorities,” the statement said.

In October last year, a consortium led by French transport giant Alstom, together with partner Hyundai Engineering & Construction, had signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Iraqi Ministry of Transport to define a framework to accelerate the implementation of the Baghdad Metro.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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