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Construction announces the resumption of projects in uninfected governorates
The Economy News - Baghdad
The Ministry of Construction, Housing and Municipalities announced, on Tuesday, the resumption of projects in areas that have not had HIV infection rates.
"There are 373 projects within the ministry's plan for the year 2019, in various sectors, including housing, roads, bridges, water, sewage and municipal projects," said the ministry’s advisor, Ahmed Ismail, in a statement reported by the official newspaper Al-Sabah and seen by Al-Iqtisad News.
He added that "the crisis that the country is going through in conjunction with facing the Corona virus, and the measures that accompanied this crisis since its appearance led to the suspension of all projects, but the partial ban decision brought back about 25 percent of these projects to work."
Ismail pointed out that "there are governorates where a comprehensive curfew is imposed, which prevents the possibility of resuming projects in them, in addition to the decision to limit the working time of workers by 25 percent, which cannot be provided with integrated staff to work in projects," stressing that "the ministry was able to resume work In governorates that did not record high rates of infection, including Nineveh and Anbar. "
He continued, "There is a problem that led to the suspension of projects, including the difficulty in providing materials and equipment for projects, many of which depend on importing from Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait," noting that "these countries have spread the disease to the degree of epidemic on the one hand, and on the other hand, closing the ports The border has made it impossible for these materials to reach the country to promote projects and thus they have stopped. "
Ismail expected that "projects will continue to be stalled due to low oil prices, and in the absence of alternative sources, and the reluctance of countries to buy oil due to the paralysis in the economic and commercial movement, and with which it is difficult to finance projects in the near term."
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