Outside the Nest: Rebuilding Iraq

Responding to a question by Petra's reporter, the ambassador stressed the importance of the coalition's meeting, which will be hosted by Kuwait on Tuesday, as part of efforts to fight terrorism and to deal with the post-Daesh military defeat stage. Officials from more than 70 countries and global organizations are taking part in the 3-day meeting.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was ready to answer a USA call for it to expand its small training mission in Iraq to support reconstruction. It announced $330 million alone had been pledged Monday for Iraq at a humanitarian conference in Kuwait City.

Iraq's volatile security has driven foreign businesses from investing in a country that is only just starting to emerge from a three-year war and has yet to eradicate widespread corruption.

"Rebuilding Iraq is restoring hope to Iraq, and restoring the stability of Iraq is stabilizing the states of the region and the world", Planning Minister Salman al-Jumaili said.

Director General of the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development Abdel Wahab Badr, Secretary General of the Iraqi Cabinet Mahdi al Alaaq and Head of Iraq Fund for Reconstruction of Damaged Areas from Terrorism Mostafa al Heiti are attending the conference.

The funding will go toward rebuilding roads, hospitals and government buildings in Iraq, according to a release from Global Affairs.

"We have to talk about what the investor's guarantees are".

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.

Since 2014, the United Nations verified 150 attacks on educational facilities, and around 50 attacks on health centers and their staff. They considered the human dimension one of the main priorities in reconstructing Iraq, in order to help almost seven million people receive a better life, in addition to emergency food and medical assistance.

Hiti said that the Iraqi government would unveil more than 150 investment projects in different fields, in addition to offering a number of investment projects by the private sector.

Meanwhile France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Iraq on Monday to discuss the war-torn country's reconstruction.

"There may be donor fatigue, but no one today can tell me there isn't money". We will always be there.

Peter Hawkins, representative for the United Nations children's fund in Iraq, says reconstruction will be a mammoth task - not just in Mosul, retaken from militants last July after several months of fighting, but also elsewhere.

He is also set to express France's opposition to any death penalty for two French women awaiting trial in Iraq over accusations of joining ISIL.

  • Jon Douglas