Australian construction company ACA Alliance has been chosen by Iraq to develop a new industrial city in Basra, reported Zawya.

Iraq’s Industry and Minerals Minister Khalid al-Najm said that the government plans to build similar projects in several parts of the country.

The project will have an area of approximately 435,000m² and will be able to accommodate 69 industrial units.

Najm was quoted by local media outlet Aliqtisad News as saying: “We have agreed to award a project to build an industrial city in Basra to ACA Alliance […] this project is part of a plan by the ministry to build industrial cities in other parts of Iraq to expand the non-oil industrial base.”

According to al-Najm, the city will include many industries and create jobs to help support the country’s economy.

Meanwhile, the construction of the al-Kut Ring Road, which links Baghdad Governorate with the southern and central governorates in Iraq, is expected to be finalised by the end of 2023, reported Zawya.

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This road will serve as a passageway for trucks carrying goods from the Basra ports and border crossings.

A spokesperson from the Iraqi Ministry of Planning said that construction of the 20km-long road is ‘84% complete’.

This project is expected to boost trade and reduce traffic accidents in the Baghdad Governorate region.

It features three bridges, namely the Kut-Badra intersection bridge, the Kut entrance bridge, and the 90m Kut-Amarah entrance bridge.