Rashid Khalikov, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Partnerships with the Middle East and Central Asia, attends a presentation during the Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq on February 12, 2018, in Kuwait City.
"The Kuwait Conference for Iraq this week is an opportunity for world leaders to show that we are willing to invest in children - and through investing in children, that we are willing to invest in rebuilding a stable Iraq".
He said Egypt has managed to add 25,000 megawatts of power to its network, established 500 kilometers of roads and built fisheries of the biggest kind in the world in addition to being a strong fighter in the war on terrorism. "We hope French expertise will be used for the reconstruction", Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari replied. He said there were preliminary indications that some states would do so.
"If the global community doesn't help the government of Iraq to stabilize these areas [devastated by the war] the gains against Daesh could be at risk", she said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. Baghdad is determined to clamp down on "bureaucratic routine and corruption that in some cases are delaying investments", he said, responding to complaints by Kuwait companies about the difficulties of doing business in Iraq.
He reiterated that Egypt is keen on extending its unique expertise in the accomplishment of mega national projects in a record time to Iraq, especially that the war-torn country needs a lot of logistic services as soon as possible like projects in the fields of energy, hospitals and schools, to pave the way for the return of thousands of displaced people.
It will cost nearly $90bn (£65.1bn) to rebuild war-torn Iraq after three years of bitter fighting with Islamic State (Isis).
A US -led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein and was followed by years of insurgency, sectarian bloodletting between Sunnis and Shi'ites, as well as ethnic tensions between the Arabs and Kurds, all before ISIL emerged in 2014.