PROJECTS: Iraq to finalise low-cost housing programme

Low-cost housing forms part of the planning ministry's strategic projects for poverty alleviation

  
Image used for illustrative purpose A general view of the buildings at Bismayah residential project in Baghdad, February 26, 2015.

Image used for illustrative purpose A general view of the buildings at Bismayah residential project in Baghdad, February 26, 2015.

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Iraq's Ministry of Planning has developed a plan to build low-cost housing units for poor families as part of strategic projects to alleviate poverty, a government official said. 

Abdul-Zahra Al-Hindawi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Planning told Zawya Projects that the announcement was made by the Minister of Planning, Khaled Battal Al-Najm during a ceremony to distribute low-cost housing units to beneficiaries in the districts of Al-Habbaniyah and Amriyat Al-Samoud in Anbar governorate. 

Al-Hindawi said the ministry had previously distributed similar housing units to poor families in the governorates of Diwaniyah and Wasit, and more such housing complexes are being built in other governorates. 

He quoted the minister as saying that the Iraqi government is working on creating a framework to attract more investments in the residential real estate sector. 

(Writing by Majda Muhsen; Editing by Anoop Menon) 

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com

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