The Iraqi government has pledged to take a number of concrete actions for Dhi Qar province after a meeting with local tribal leaders and elders.
The government promised action on a series of infrastructure projects including: providing funds for the completion and rehabilitation of two bridges, and completion of two road projects; immediate completion of the Islah Water project; funding for sewer and water projects; and speeding up construction of schools.
Regarding chronic electricity shortages, Abadi said the Dhi Qar province’s share of the national electricity supply would be boosted based on the population and the Ministry of Electricity would provide mobile electricity stations “as soon as possible” to supplement supply.
The industry ministry will prepare a detailed plan to re-open closed factories in the province in order to “provide thousands of opportunities for sustainable jobs."
The government will also release additional funds for health care and will investigate easing loan repayment schemes for farmers who have weather-related losses.
Abadi added they will also ensure equitable sharing of water from the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and will pay the province’s petrodollar share.