The ‘Construction Council’ Bill 2019 – A Critique. By Dr Amer K. Hirmis*

The nearly year-old cabinet of Adel Abdul-Mahdi, the prime minister, has, in its regular weekly meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, “approved the draft ‘Construction Council’ Bill [Miswadat Qānūn ‘Majlis al-I’mār’ - 2019] and forwarded it to the Council of Representatives”- the Iraqi Parliament for approval (https://gds.gov.iq/ar/cabinet-approves-the-draft-construction-coun

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Getting Reconstruction Right and Wrong: Lessons from Iraq. By Hideki Matsunaga

Bitter experiences of reconstruction in the last two decades have made the international community hesitant to engage in robust reconstruction activities. Iraq’s reconstruction after the United States-led invasion in 2003 contributed significantly to this reluctance. Between 2003 and 2014, more than $220 billion were spent on rebuilding the country. Despite the huge a

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Rebuilding Iraq: Prospects and Challenges. By Abbas Kadhim

Reconstruction in Iraq cannot be achieved without universal reconciliation, economic and education reform, and equitable application of the rule of law The deterioration of Iraqi infrastructure predates the U.S. invasion of 2003. The Iran–Iraq War (1980–88) forced the regime to divert most available resources to military-related spending and cut back on new projects. As a resu

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Promoting Investment in a Fragile Context: the OECD Iraq Project

FOREWORD  In 2007, the Government of Iraq requested OECD support to help identify and support policy reforms through research, policy dialogue, and capacity building. Since then, the OECD Iraq Project has assisted the Iraqi government in a wide range of economic policy initiatives in the areas of infrastructure finance, developing and implementing economic zones, and public pr

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