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    Cabinet approves measures to improve delivery of key public services in Basra and other provinces


    The Cabinet held its weekly regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Al-Abadi.

    The Cabinet approved measures to improve the delivery of essential public services in Basra province, with a focus on improving the supply of electricity to homes and businesses.

    The Cabinet also reviewed progress in the Basra water project, and ordered additional measures to ensure rapid completion.

    The Cabinet instructed Iraq’s embassies, consulates and all border entry points to apply new visa and residency fees for foreign nationals seeking to enter Iraq.

    The Cabinet voted to establish a specialist committee staffed by teams from the Planning and the Construction & Housing Ministries to assess the value of resuming several incomplete or suspended projects.

    The Cabinet also instructed the Ministry of Finance to speed up the allocation of funds for projects that are deemed suitable for completion.

    The Cabinet agreed several funding streams to finance the restoration of essential services and the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in liberated areas in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme UNDP.

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