Monday, October 13, 2008
Economic Progress in Iraq
$173 million for 224 new projects in Diwaniya http://en.aswataliraq.info/?p=101120 October 13, 2008 - 03:13:18 DIWANIYA / Aswat al-Iraq: Diwaniya’s deputy governor for technical affairs on Monday said that 224 different services project were awarded in the province, according to the 2008 regions’ development budget, with a total cost of $173 million. “The projects are related to the sectors of health, higher education, education, urban planning, mayoralties, electricity, sewage, water, roads and bridges, sports, water resources, and others,” Engineer Hazim Omran told Aswat al-Iraq. Diwaniya city lies 180 km south of Baghdad. Meeting to discuss reconstructing Ninewa http://en.aswataliraq.info/?p=101112 October 13, 2008 - 02:20:32 NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: A two-day meeting was held on Monday at the Ninewa province’s building in central Mosul attended by officials from the local and federal government to map out a study to reconstruct the province. “We came today to Ninewa representing 11 services ministries in Baghdad to discuss problems and obstacles facing the reconstruction operation in the province,” Qahtan al-Junabi, the deputy prime minister’s adviser, who led the Baghda’d delegation, told Aswat al-Iraq. For his part, Alex Laskares, leader of the reconstruction team in Ninewa, told Aswat al-Iraq “they seek to improve the condition of services and to start both reconstruction and setting up projects.” “Today’ meeting witnessed the establishment the Mosul Reconstruction Operations Center (MROC) which will supervise such meetings and will organize and plan the projects,” he pointed out. “The center will include representatives of the ministries in Baghdad, departments in Mosul and reconstruction engineers as well as the U.S. army,” he said. The meeting was attended by Head of the Ninewa provincial Council Hesham al-Hamadani, Governor Duraid Kashmoula, and other local officials. Mosul, the capital city of Ninewa, lies 405 km north of Baghdad. The original city of Mosul stands on the west bank of the Tigris River, opposite the ancient biblical city of Nineveh on the east bank, but the metropolitan area has now grown to encompass substantial areas on both banks, with five bridges linking the two sides.