Iraq: World Bank grants $ 400 million for reconstruction
The World Bank on Tuesday approved $ 400 million in financial aid to help rebuild Iraq after the liberation of many cities from the control of the Da’ash organization.
The World Bank said in a statement that the aid package aims to “support the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of priority infrastructure facilities in order to restore the provision of public services in newly liberated Iraqi areas from the grip of a sympathetic organization.”
The aid is additional funding for the $ 350 million emergency development project in Iraq, approved in July 2015 and being implemented in seven cities in Diyala and Salahaddin provinces, the statement added.
The additional funding is expected to expand the geographical scope of the current project activities to include other cities liberated from the control of Daed in the provinces of Salah al-Din and Diyala, in addition to areas in Anbar, Kirkuk, Nineveh and Dahuk of the Kurdistan Regional Government, according to the statement.
“The international community has expressed its commitment to supporting the urgent efforts of the Iraqi government to rebuild Mosul and other recently liberated cities,” said Saroj Kumar Jha, regional director of the Mashreq Department of the World Bank.
“The World Bank is committed to working with the Iraqi authorities to achieve this much-needed, sustainable, inclusive and equitable reconstruction to promote long-term development and equal opportunity for all,” he said.
The activities of the current project cover five main sectors: water, sanitation, electricity, health, transport and municipal services, and additional funding will continue to meet the urgent needs of communities in the liberated areas of education, agriculture and urban services.
The project also supports the preservation and restoration of important cultural heritage, particularly in the old city of Mosul, as well as improving the quality of education for boys and girls, increasing employment opportunities for women and youth, as well as the poor in both urban and rural areas.
The additional funding is also aimed at supporting the Iraqi government in attracting the private sector to participate in reconstruction efforts.
Ibrahim Dajani, director of the Mashreq Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Program at the World Bank and coordinator of the Iraq Reconstruction Program, said the EMP project had restored 2 million people access to drinking water, sanitation and electricity, and re-linked 2.5 million people Through the reconstruction of transport infrastructure.
The World Bank statement said that the Emergency Development Process project provided opportunities for cooperation with reconstruction stakeholders such as United Nations agencies and several governments that had pledged financial contributions, including Germany and Kuwait, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.