Wednesday, July 09, 2003


It is a succinct report on the progress and status of the infrastructure rebuilding.

And for once, instead of telling us where the shortcomings are, it gives us a sense of the progress being made.
"When I say 'we,' I'm talking about the collective efforts of the coalition military, the U.S. Agency for International Development and their British counterpart, DFID. We're talking about the private sector, nongovernmental organizations. But most importantly, we're talking about the Iraqis themselves," Strock added. "

We have found here that the Iraqi public servants are wonderfully competent and remarkably committed to serving the Iraqi people. They have worked under some very, very tough circumstances both during and after the war, and yet they continue to stay at their posts and provide services to the people."

Strock said that electricity is "probably the most important thing we're doing right now." He described the Iraqi electrical system as "antiquated," using basically "1960s technology."

"The capacity of this system is about 7,800 megawatts. And the real important figure here is the fact that due to its age and condition, they can only generate about 4,500 megawatts. The national demand right now is about 6,000 megawatts, and so you can see that right away, there will be shortages of electricity," Strock said.

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