Actividades Economicas de Mesopotamia (ADA), an economic and social development agency of the government of Iraq, is aiming to promote economic growth in Iraq through different measures. The agency has thus become a great partner in the Iraqi reconstruction process. The first project launched by the agency was a transport infrastructure development that has achieved remarkable success. This development is targeting the areas of Fallujah and Sadrpour in the northern area of Iraq. It is aimed at improving the living standards of the people living in those regions and at increasing their employment opportunities. Apart from that, it aims at providing a greener environment for the local residents.
The agency is also focusing on the improvement of water and electricity facilities in the region to improve the overall development of the economy. The projects are aiming at removing the existing difficulties that the residents of Falluja and Sadrpour face when it comes to these basic services. They are also making efforts to increase the number of jobs in the region through various jobs programs. This includes training and other forms of retraining the workers who have lost their jobs due to the economic situation in the country. These projects are also focused on improving the basic educational levels of the population so that they can participate more actively in the overall economic development process.
Another important project launched by the agency deals with the rehabilitation of houses damaged by the war. This is targeting the areas in Ramadi and Falluja. These areas have suffered the maximum damage during the war. The authorities of these cities have taken a series of initiatives to rehabilitate houses that were reduced to ruins. Among these projects, the housing projects in Falluja have proved to be the most successful.
The Ramadi projects are also progressing smoothly. In this area, there are multiple projects being implemented by different officials of the region. Among them, the most popular is the Islamic Housing Project. This project aims at providing house loans to the poorer sections of the community. It is also providing for the betterment of the local economy through the construction of new businesses.
The project has received a lot of support from various local and international actors. There are people from Britain, France, Norway and other European countries among others. There is a consensus that it is time for the Iraqi society to move forward after suffering the violence of the last few years. There is also a general consensus that the people of Ramadi deserve better living conditions. Their demands have met with success. Many projects are under way in Ramadi to improve the living conditions for the people.
The projects are covering different sectors of the economy. Some of them are housing, health, education, construction, agricultural produce and retail. It is obvious that these projects are not mere measures. Rather, they form an important part of . . . . . . the comprehensive strategy adopted by the Government of Iraq. They form a basis for future economic growth of the region.
It is to be mentioned here that the success of the project lies in its ability to integrate social and economic aspects. The process adopted lays emphasis on the involvement of the local population. It is to be noted that the programme is co-opted by the local population and the wider Iraqi community. This is a unique achievement in Iraq.
The success of the Actividades Economic Areas (EAEMO) as a city plan for the city of Ramadi is a testimony to the expertise and commitment of the local and international partners involved in the project. It is also a lesson for the new players that planning and implementation processes cannot be ignored. A plan drawn up with input from all stakeholders will ensure that the plan gets implemented in a manner that satisfies the most basic requirements of the community. A good plan will ensure that all goals are attained and there is no deviation from the target achieved. Only then, the results can be measured.