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A high-ranking official in the Ministry of Transport confirmed that the completion rates of the projects of the Grand Faw Port amounted to 25%, and revealed that the initial designs for the dry canal linking it with the Turkish ports are nearing completion .
The Director General of the General Company for Ports, Farhan Al-Fartousi, said, "The financial allocations are good and cover the port's work for the next year, and that there is support from the Ministry of Planning and the Ministry of Finance with direct support from the Minister of Transport and government follow-up to the project ."
Al-Fartousi added, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Transport, received by (Al-Mada), that "the Directorate will soon give indications of the completion of the initial designs for the Iraqi Dry Canal or the Iraq Silk Road, which connects the port of Faw to the Turkish ports ."
Al-Fartousi pointed out that "there is a discussion with the General Company for Iraq Railways and BEG about these designs ."
He explained, "All the works are linked with each other and are proceeding at a clear and strategic pace, whether in the implementation of the Faw port projects or the implementation of the Dry Canal or the Iraq Silk Road ."
Al-Fartousi went on to say that "the completion rate is very high in the Faw port projects and exceeds 25 percent, despite the fact that the project is nine months old out of four years, which is the period of its completion ."
And the deputy from Basra, Zahra Al-Bajari, warned of the suspension of work in the great port of Al-Faw due to the continued disruption of parliamentary sessions and the failure to approve the budget. Al-Bajari said that "the allocations for completing work in the port of Al-Faw from the budget exclusively, as it is one of Iraq's strategic projects, and the failure to approve the general budget will lead to the suspension of work and the departure of companies operating in it now ."
She added, "Iraq is in dire need to complete the port, because it will bring about a qualitative leap in the Iraqi economy through the large financial returns that Iraq will earn." Former Basra MP, Wael Abdel Latif, said in a previous interview with (Al-Mada) that "the great port of Faw was planned in 1985, because Iraq was preoccupied at that time with the war with Iran, and then it was postponed ."
Abdel Latif added, "A complete investment file was submitted in 2003 when I was the governor of Basra from a British company, with an Egyptian firm." He pointed out, "The local administration at that time wanted to give Basra a project worthy of it, and that was the great port of Faw ."
Abdel-Latif stressed, "This project has been punished by a number of heads of government, none of them have taken a decision on it as if the issue did not concern them ."
And he noted, "Some political forces are disrupting the great port of Faw in favor of the Kuwaiti side, Iran, the Emirates or Egypt ."
Abdul Latif finds that "these politicians prefer these countries to the interests of Iraq," noting that "it was intentionally disrupted since 2003 until the present time ."
He believed, "With the continued presence of these effective and influential political forces, the Faw port will not be completed, especially after it was reduced from 108 berths to 90 berths, and the rest of it has not been accomplished ."
Abdul Latif continues, “The competent authorities have been preoccupied with the breaking waves that neither advance nor delay, as if the one who wants to build a house starts it with the fence, and does not lay the foundation for it .”
Abdel Latif concluded, “The Ministry of Transport, whose formations are considered five ministries, has been run by personalities who have nothing to do with it, and this had a clear impact on the failure to complete the Faw port .”
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