Iraq's Reconstruction Plan To Focus On Housing Sector, Says UN Representative

Last update: 13/02/2018

From Muammar Eusoffi Zainol Abidin and Muhammad Muzammil Abdullah

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- The Iraqis may have won the battle against Daesh militants, but another fight has begun -- the painstaking struggle to reconstruct the country.

Iraq's United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) Representative, Erfan Ali said the damages done by ISIS were extensive especially in the area of housing compared to other sections such as healthcare, oil and gas, power and commerce.

"Based on our involvement with the government housing sector is the most damaged among other sectors, with 19.8 percent of the total damage in the housing sector.

"To help assist the reconstruction of Iraq, UN Habitat will be working closely with Iraq's Ministry of Planning to build a digital data platform to monitor and plan the restructuring campaign in all sectors," he said to Bernama at the end of the second day of the Kuwait International Conference on the Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI) here Monday.

Erfan said a digital data platform has been also launched which will be an efficient tool to confirm the transparency and accountability of the process of the reconstruction of Iraq.

"It is an interactive tool where government donors, and national organisations will have access to plan, and to avoid overlap and conflicts in project implementation in all the damaged areas."

"The war left more than 138,000 houses damaged and 2.5 million Iraqis still displaced," he said.

The conference, chaired by Kuwait saw Iraq publishing a list of some 157 projects for which it is seeking private investments at the conference attended by some 1,900 delegates from around the world.

The projects include rebuilding destroyed facilities such as the Mosul airport and new investments to diversify the economy away from oil sales, by developing transport, agriculture and industries based on the nation's energy wealth, including petrochemicals and oil refining.

On 10th December 2017, Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi announced that the campaign against the militants had been officially won, ending the three-year reign of the terror group since they first captured the city of Mosul in 2014.

The militants started losing their hold in the country in the past three and a half years after Iraqi ground forces - backed by a US-led coalition - fought to retake its territory.

Officials believe some of the militants have fled to Syria and Turkey.