Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Iraq seeks aid after 3-year battle with ISIL

Iraq seeks aid after 3-year battle with ISIL

Iraq needs US$88.2 billion to rebuild after years of war against the Islamic State group, Planning Minister Salman al-Jumaili said Monday, as an worldwide conference on the country's reconstruction opened in Kuwait.

According to the report, "Iraq: Reconstruction and Investment", released by Kuwait's Chamber of Commerce and Industry in January, more than 200 projects in 10 sectors, including education, health, transportation and agriculture, are ready to receive financing.

"We have more than 138,000 houses damaged, more than half this number completely destroyed", Hiti said, adding that more than 2.5 million Iraqis are still displaced. It "led to the total destruction of its infrastructure".

According to the ministry official website, the spokesman underlined that Iran has had no hesitation in supporting the nation and government of Iraq as it has always stood by them in fight against terrorism and will continue to do so in the future. Jobs for young people could be provided during the rebuilding of homes, schools and other vital infrastructure systems in the country.

Kuwait on Sunday underlined the importance of hosting the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI) and Conference against the Islamic State (IS).

Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, warned failure to help Iraq could lead to renewed instability.

At a press conference held on the sidelines of the opening of the KICRI media center, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said Kuwait host these events to support Iraq and stand by its side.

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Non-governmental organizations pledged $330 million in humanitarian aid at a parallel NGO conference, Kuwait's state news agency KUNA reported.

However, the secretary-general of Iraq's Council of Ministers Mahdi al-Alaq said nations could it help by acting as guarantors with global lenders.

The three-day meeting brings together several economic powers as well as regional and global organizations to discuss the needed contributions to rebuilding Iraq in the post war era.

Iraq reopened to foreign investment after the 2003 invasion but the vast majority of the billions of dollars invested went to increasing its oil and natural gas production.

Billions of dollars poured into Iraq after the 2003 US -led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, with what feels now like little visible effect.

It will cost nearly $90bn (£65.1bn) to rebuild war-torn Iraq after three years of bitter fighting with Islamic State (Isis).

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