The Central Bank and the Association of Banks discuss the development of Mutanabi Street with the Ministry of Culture
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The Central Bank of Iraq and the Association of Iraqi Private Banks discussed with the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Abdul Amir Al-Hamdani, the project of rehabilitation and development of Al-Mutanabi Cultural Street in central Baghdad under the auspices of the Central Bank of Iraq.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Central Bank of Iraq and the Association of Private Banks and a number of general managers in the ministry, to discuss and study ways to develop Mutanabi Street and rehabilitation on the levels of climate, aesthetic and service, and to identify the details of obstacles and develop appropriate solutions.
According to a ministry statement seen by Al-Iqtisadiah, Al-Hamdani "wishes to accelerate the practical steps to rehabilitate and develop the street and provide appropriate conditions for its visitors while preserving the heritage of the buildings it contains."
The statement quoted the delegation of the Central Bank and the Association of Banks on the "implemented and ongoing projects for them in the capital Baghdad, such as the rehabilitation of the Baghdad gate and the establishment of the Museum of the Iraqi Media Network," while the delegation called "the ministry to provide space for the institution in the street to identify the ongoing sustainability of the street and develop and host cultural events."
The Delegation suggested “providing sidewalks for the sidewalks and restoring the floor to be more walkable, as well as providing adequate lighting especially after opening on Saturdays in the evening”. He also proposed "to use the wali's house opposite Al Qashleh building and transform it as a center for entrepreneurship that embraces youth projects in all disciplines."
Al-Hamdani stressed, according to the statement, "the importance of Mutanabi Street for the cultural center and the importance of accelerating its development and rehabilitation for visitors from the audience of Iraqi culture," directing the relevant departments to communicate with the Secretariat of Baghdad to begin the development and rehabilitation of this cultural edifice.